Exhibitions during the conference.

Growing Season

The theme for the exhibition is "growing season". All of the invited artists and artisans have a special interest in natural colour based textile art and craft. 

Curators: Päivi Fernström and Maija Esko

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

Time: June 1-30, 2024, open Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-17, Sun 12-17


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

Season of Colours


Place: Arktikum, Rovaniemi

Time: June 10 - August 17, 2024, Mon closed, Tue-Sun 10-18