Maarit Salolainen

Adjunct Professor

Research units & titles

Artistic and research interests

Maarit Salolainen is Adjunct Professor for Textile Design at Aalto University. She is an experienced international textile design professional with passion for bringing textile knowledge to multidisciplinary platforms. Salolainen has been developing higher education studies in the field of textile and surface design, focusing on renewing textile studio pedagogy and linking textiles studies to fashion education. She has been developing experimental pedagogy for multidisciplinary courses exposing engineering students to design processes.

In addition to her academic work, Salolainen works internationally as a creative director consulting textile manufacturers and interior textile editors. Currently she works as a creative director for the Turkish textile mill Vanelli, leading the team of 20 designers in developing new concepts, products and collections for international interior textile editors and brands as well as the in-house brand. Salolainen's past positions include working as creative director for the Mumbai based Indian mill G.M. Fabrics

In 2014 Salolainen was awarded with the Designer of the Year award by the Finnish Designers association.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts (Art and Design), Taideteollinen korkeakoulu

Professional Qualifications

  • Creative director,


  • Textile design, Material design, Functional textiles, Woven fabrics, Jacquard fabrics, Surface design, Textile structures, Textile fibres, Interior textiles, Contract textiles, Textile industry, Fashion textiles, 3D surface design, Fashion, Printed textiles, Embroideries, Constructed textiles, Experimental pedagogy, Multidisciplinary pedagogy, Textile and Fashion pedagogy

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