PatternLab is a year-long study project at Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture. The project gives students a possibility to experience what it is like to work as a professional freelance designer in the textile industry. During the training, students create their own designs in co-operation with a design company, such as Lapuan Kankurit.
Maarit Salolainen, professor of Textile Design at the Aalto University, has been supervising Pattern Lab since 2003. She sees the study project as an important steppingstone for young designers. “To our students, this real-life training opportunity with Lapuan Kankurit is an eye-opening experience. It is extremely important that students get to see the production and design process from the client’s point of view as well”, Salolainen says.
Both Hjelt and Salolainen emphasize that the best designs and innovations are born out of creativity and co-operation. “At Lapuan Kankurit, we believe that working together and learning from each other is the right way to the best result”, Hjelt says. To Lapuan Kankurit, the Pattern Lab co-operation is of an even greater significance. “We believe that design is more than just a beautiful product. We aim to design and manufacture sustainable, longlasting, and versatile products for multifunctional purposes”, says Hjelt. “It is our responsibility to make sure that both the weaving skills and design work in the industry are preserved for future generations.”
Professor Maarit Salolainen
Pattern Lab ’20 leader
Pattern Lab supervisor