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.


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