International Conference "Future Materials"
presents talks about how science, design, art and production are intermingled in today’s life. To maintain sustainable environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell, Pirjo Kääriäinen, Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereas Reet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made of yarn from old clothes.
Simone de Waart has a background in industrial design and design management. She graduated as materials designer at Design Academy in the Netherlands. In 2002 she initiated the company Material Sense, where she is responsible as materials experts and creative director. In 2005 followed by Sister Foundation Material Sense LAB. Material Sense functions as a catalyst to connect design, research, education and industry and inspire materials innovation. She advocates the selection of materials and their performances as a starting point in the design process to create value for new applications within a sustainable society. Education is one of her tasks she finds of great importance in the emerging field of materials in design.
Riina Õun is a leather accessories designer and maker, the head of Riina O brand specializing in hand-crafted luxury leather gloves made to measure. Curiosity towards the new materials brought Riina to the Material Futures course in Central Saint Martins. Since early 2019 Riina has been the material researcher in residence at the Green Lab in London.
Reet Aus is a PhD-qualified fashion designer and environmental activist, a human rebel who founded REET AUS COLLECTION® and THE UPSHIRT®. She is a pioneer in the field of industrial upcycling for fashion, and has developed the UPMADE® certification in order to pass on her knowledge to brands and factories.
Zoë Powell is a Researcher and Workshop Facilitator of Textiles and Biomaterials. Since 2008, she has been working on commissions and projects internationally for a variety of industries including art, fashion and interiors. The focus of her work is centred around creatively using resources, circular design strategies and production techniques both digital & hand crafted.
Pirjo Kääriäinen is a design professional and facilitator, working as a Professor of Practice in the intersection of design and material sciences. She has been developing interdisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration between chemical engineering and design at the Aalto University since 2011, focusing especially on research and design of bio-based materials.
Bastian Beyer is a London-based Architect and Researcher. His work investigates fibre-based material systems, their structure and manufacture, in the context of architecture and design. He studied architecture in Munich (University of Applied Sciences) and Berlin (Universität der Künste). As part of the ArcInTex Marie Curie Research Fellowship, he recently finished his PhD at the Royal College of Art in London. In his research, he investigated the structural and reactive properties of biofilms and bio-derived materials on fibre-based substrates. The focus of his interdisciplinary work is to localise synergies between research and practice and to use this potential for new materials and design strategies.
Material I compiled by Annika Kaldoja, Kärt Ojavee, and Marie Vinter form the studio Aine. Joint creative research work focuses on environmentally sensitive materials, materials awareness and cross-sectoral networking. The studio is a further development of a jointly developed subject focused on bio-based materials at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
One day prior to the conference there will be held 2 workshops on materials, hosted by the speakers.
1) Workshop: Future biomaterials
environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of
materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of
new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great
importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical
experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell,Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based
materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereaReet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made
on materials, hosted by the s