Maarit Salolainen is Adjunct Professor for Textile Design and 3D Surface Design and Head of the Master’s Programme in Fashion and Collection Design. Besides teaching, she works internationally as a creative director. Salolainen’s expertise is in design leadership and in creative and technical knowledge of woven fabrics, jacquards, prints, embroideries and finishings. She develops fabrics for interior use ranging from velvets and heavy upholstery to sheers and manages seasonal interior textile collections both for the residential as well as for contract market from research and initial concept through technical and creative development to final quality decisions and colour coordination. She loves to work with combinations and contrasts of colours, fibers, yarns, structures and prints and enjoys teaching talented future designers at Aalto University and leading the PatternLab project.