Exhibitions during the conference.


Karin Altmann, Jonatan E. Jurkowski, Katja Syrjä, Jeanette Schäring, Krista Virtanen, Nina Nisonen, Tupu Mentu, Heidi Pietarinen & Amna Qureshi, Hannele Köngäs and Outi Mäkelä.

Eleven invited artist/artisan will take take part in an exhibition GROWING SEASON - kasvukausi 3.-29.6.2024 in the small Taito Gallery CraftCorner in the centre of Helsinki / Eteläesplanadi 4

Place: Craft Corner, Eteläesplanadi 4, Helsinki City Centre, a few hundred meters from the University main building.

Time: June 3-29, 2024, open Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-17, Sun 12-17

Curators: Päivi Fernström and Maija Esko

More detailed information on the BioColour web page.

Designing with Biocolours

Designing with Biocolours exhibition showcases different ways to work, research and experiment with bio-based colours in a design context.

Textile designer and doctoral researcher Leonardo Hidalgo is studying how natural dyeing processes involve a set of relations between dyers and the environment. “During the dyeing process, colours emerge from the correspondence between dyers, the dyeing materials and the environment.”

Designer and doctoral researcher Noora Yau is working with structural colour. “Structural colour based on cellulose nanocrystals (CNC SC) can be used to create shiny and iridescent colour, using plant biomass, such as wood.”

Ingvill Fossheim is a costume designer and a researcher who explores the potential of using bio-based colours in connection to theatre performance and bodily aspects. “The colours will slowly evolve during the lifecycle of the performance, through dyeing and re-dyeing.”

Fashion designer Sofia Ilmonen has been designing experimental fashion collection, which is based on alternative colour aesthetics. In this collection colours will fade exposing new nuances and shades. In connection to this approach consumers’ readiness to accept this kind of sustainable aesthetics has been studied.

Curator: Associate Professor Kirsi Niinimäki, BioColour project

Place: School of Art, Design and Architecture, Väre building, Aalto University, Otaniementie 14, Espoo

Time: June 1-15, 2024, open Mon-Fri 8-20, Saturday 9-17, Sunday closed

Seasons of Colours

Using an array of visual images, physical objects, and natural materials collected from the research conducted in Colour4CRAFTS, an EU Horizon-funded project, the “Seasons of Colours” exhibition not only showcases the recent work and research activities of the project, but also aims to be a multisensory experience that includes the touch of textiles, smell of materials found in nature, and the sight of colour samples, clothing designs and crafts. The main objective of the exhibition is to illuminate the different ways through which colour creation, colouration practices, and colour meanings are cultivated from and shaped by the seasons. 

The exhibition highlights traditional craft and colouration practices that were created from bio-based substances found in nature across the seasons and how these practices and natural materials can be stretched to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for future seasons to come. As a result, the exhibition raises awareness about natural colourants, supports traditional craft skills, and illuminates the potential of futures technology related to colouration. 

For more information about the exhibition, including planned events and activities, visit the exhibition page on the Colour4CRAFTS website. 


Place: Arktikum Science Centre and Museum, Valo and Katve Galleries 1 & 2, Pohjoisranta 4, Rovaniemi

Dates: 10 June - 18 August 2024