Maarit Salolainen

Textile Design, Head of MA Major in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

  • Phone+358 50 4428381
  • Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo

1995 …2023

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Artistic and research interests

Maarit Salolainen is Adjunct Professor in Textile Design at Aalto University and Head of the MA Major in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. She is an experienced international textile design professional with a passion for bringing textile knowledge to multidisciplinary platforms. Salolainen has developed higher education studies in the field of textile and surface design, focusing on renewing textile studio pedagogy and linking textiles studies to fashion education. Furthermore, she has initiated experimental pedagogy in multidisciplinary pedagogical platforms exposing students from non-design backgrounds to creative artistic processes.

In addition to her academic work, Salolainen works internationally as a creative director consulting textile manufacturers and interior textile editors. Currently, she is a creative director for the Turkish textile mill Vanelli Textile, leading a team of 30 designers to research and develop new concepts, products and collections for international interior textile editors and brands.

In 2014 Salolainen was awarded with the Designer of the Year award by the Finnish Designers association. Her book, Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures (AaltoARTS Books 2022), a textbook and guide to mastering textile design, won the International Creative Media Awards gold medal in the category of Educational textbooks.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Taiteen maisteri, Taideteollinen korkeakoulu

Award Date: 11 Dec 1992

External positions

Creative Director, Vanelli

1 Jun 2018 → …


  • Textile design
  • Functional textiles
  • Interior textiles
  • Fashion textiles
  • Textile structures
  • Textile fibres
  • Industrial textile Design
  • Contract textiles
  • Constructed textile design
  • Woven fabrics
  • Jacquard fabrics
  • Printed textiles
  • Surface design
  • Textile and Fashion pedagogy
  • Experimental pedagogy
  • Multidisciplinary pedagogy
  • Creative Direction


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