Fashioned from Nature is an exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum that explores the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day. It presents fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes. (Continues…)

Part 4 of The Material Age series is a guest post by Omuus.

Bio Design or Synthetic biology, also called bio-engineering, is an expanding market. It is expected to exceed $13.4 billion by 2019. This field is increasingly relevant to designers and everyone working in the field of design today should at least be aware of what it is. (Continues…)

Part 3 of The Material Age series is all about slime. This still growing trend is attracting both children and kidults. (Continues…)

We know that our current way of consuming is not going to make it in the long term if we want to keep this planet alive. Thankfully, many of today’s designers are exploring new ways to innovate more sustainable materials for future products. (Continues…)

The basis for the future of design lies in material innovations. In this series of articles we explore just a few of the many ideas that the Around Team feels could make a difference and change the way we think about the materials that surround us. (Continues…)

In celebration of the 50th birthday of the iconic Tasaraita collection, art historian Anna Parviainen retraces the different phases of Marimekko’s unisex fashion and the recent history of an aesthetic freely titled Nordic unisex. (Continues…)

How does a person defend the particularity of one’s identity in a digitalized world? Hyperculture is the result of endless mixing of origins and ideas on the web. Hannaleena Heiska’s exhibition Camouflage touches not only the current theme of an individual’s right to privacy, but also the actual fluidity of identity. ”About a year ago I bumped into an article about an anti-facial recognition algorithm to conceal people’s identities with the help of make-up. The idea of hiding one’s true identity or even creating temporary one started to fascinate me.” (Continues…)

“At the moment, I’m interested in the idea of emptiness in the painting. At its best, when I feel that I have succeeded with a work, I have been able to make the painting complete in a way that it becomes empty: none of the elements in the work stick out or annoy the viewer. Everything lives together – form and color speak to each other in harmony, creating something that strikes a balance between substance and emptiness.” (Continues…)

Babette Wiezorek is a product designer, art historian and researcher who works at the interface of materials, technologies and the processes that connect them. Her Berlin-based Additive Addicted studio focuses on additive and computer-aided technologies (3D-printing) using fluid materials, ceramics in particular.(Continues…)

Kustaa Saksi: First Symptoms

Finnish artist and designer Kustaa Saksi is famous for his graphic storytelling through patterns, textile art and installations. Saksi’s works have been exhibited at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art, just to mention a few, as well as in many galleries around the world. Saksi has also produced commissioned artworks for companies such as Nike, Issey Miyake and Marimekko. Around Journal interviewed Saksi on his latest exhibition First Symptoms at the Finlandsinstitutes Galleri in Stockholm.