Industrial textile art

Industrial textile art from 1970-1990s get catalogued and exhibited

Aalto University Archives have been cataloguing and digitising some new collections that have been donated to the archives alongside the Arabia Campus closure and move to the new Väre building in Otaniemi. Among them is a special collection of over 200 student works from the Department of Textile Art from 1970s to 1990s. The collection includes woollen and cotton fabric designs intended for interior and furniture textiles, some printed and clothing fabrics and material experimentations. They highlight especially the skill required in understanding materials, colour and texture as well as the technology of textile industries.

Virpi Syrjä: Huonekalukankaita, kudottujen kankaiden suunnittelu. Aalto University Archives. All rights reserved.

In order to organise the collection for future use each work has been photographed, grouped and catalogued to a basic coherent standard where each work can be searched for in a database. All archived objects receive the same basic treatment; a piece of textile art is treated the same way as much of the visual collections in the archive. The database information will also later be harvested into the Aalto-Finna search service’s Archive materials so that users can find the the objects with key words such as student name, title, type of textile etc. Due to the tactile nature of the works, the works will probably be viewed in their original format as physical objects by researchers, therefore they are preserved and protected in acid free archival storage material and kept in climate controlled premises to help ensure their condition in the future.

Digitising textile art by Marika Sarvilahti is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Markku Piri: Meri – sistustuskangas. 1978. Aalto University Archives. All rights reserved.

A small exhibition has been arranged of the works at the Visual Resources Centre (VRC) at the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9.


Aalto student measurement drawings online!

Aalto University’s and its predecessor University of Technology’s architecture teaching has for over hundred years included the tradition of measurement drawing. From 1907 to 2014 it was compulsory to prepare a measurement drawing of a significant old building as part of an architect’s education. A collection of thousands of drawings now belong to the Aalto University Archive collection offering an important archive for researchers. In early decades of 1900 drawings were made of medieval churches, later there has been concentration on wooden architecture.

Etelä-Espanadin kioskit Creative Commons LicenseThis work by Kirta Leppo/Aalto University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

A colorized measurement drawing and a photograph by Signe Barnder/Helsinki City Museum seen at the VRC exhibition. Creative Commons License
This work by Tove Örsted/Aalto University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Aalto University Archive is currently digitizing the architecture measurement drawing collection, nearly 2000 of them are already available in Aalto-Finna’s archive collection.  The drawings are licensed with CC-BY-NC license and older drawings with a Public Domain license.

Architecture measurement drawings go Junior Hackathon 2018

The measurement drawings took part this spring in Helsinki City Museum’s Junior Hackathon event organized by Open Knowledge Finland and OpenGLAM. In the exhibition at the Visual Resources Centre in the Harald Herlin Learning Centre some digitized drawings as well as children’s outputs and photos from the Junior Hackathon event are on display.

The Kids Corner at Junior Hackathon in Helsinki City Museum, April 2018 Creative Commons LicenseThis work by Teemu Perhiö/Open Knowledge Finalnd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
More photograps of the event: Open Knowledge Finland on Flickr

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