The typical gender rules that the society has set for us cause insecurity. However, life isn’t worth pretending to be someone else. Therefore people must show their real selves without shame in spite of other people’s prejudice or judgement. Identity Crisis is an outcome of a collaboration between several study lines, including photography and clothing design at the Institute of Design. As part of the project the students have designed and technically implemented the zero waste plan in two of the ensembles photographed in the editorial. (Continues…)

Curator and producer Antonia Hamberg has opened the doors of her private home for art and art lovers and now introduces us the motives behind the intimate gallery project. “Closeness and sensuality feel relevant in today’s fast-paced and achievement-oriented, online world. So, with Sensual Closeness, I want to put our senses into focus. “(Continues…)

”A limited amount of money. To make a collection a clever student doesn’t need much of it. The fabrics have been collected over years. Everything is utilized for the garments. Cutting waste and hoods. Some students have even had their time on a cost-cutting program in order to implement flamboyant collections for the show.” Fashion designer Sofia Järnefelt leads us through the exciting process behind the annual fashion show of BA and MA students of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. (Continues…)

Each month we select ”Color of the Month” – an inspirational shade that reflects the here and now. Pantone’s Warm Sand is our selection for June 2019.
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Visual artist Elina Autio works in between painting, sculpting, and installations. Her series of three reliefs, in which she has assembled the surfaces of wooden, painted angle fillets, is on display at the Young Artists exhibition in Kunsthalle Helsinki. Autio has studied in the University of Arts Helsinki and the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. In 2018 the Finnish Art Society awarded Autio with the annually given Ducat Prize. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest art award in Finland. (Continues…)

Around launches ”Color of the Month” – a monthly selection of an inspirational shade that reflects the here and now. Alongside the color we present a moodboard of images that back our choice. The color will also be featured in the design of our site each month.

We start May 2019 with 13-0210 Fog Green from the Pantone FHI color range.
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Some years ago we were told by many experts that soon we will all have 3D printers at home. Clearly, this has not been the case – and thankfully so. With the technology developing in such a fast pace, we can only imagine the amount of discarded printers that would be in the landfills by now. While we have come to realize that not every home will need a 3D printer, this technology has by no means been forgotten. (Continues…)

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.

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…)