Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen

Posted on August 2016


Painting patterns in the studio. On the wall there are sketches inspired by Yves Klein and Claude Monet.

Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen is a doctoral student in the department of design. She has Master of Arts degree in Textile Design from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Licence (B.A.) in Fine Arts from University of Paris 8 and a B.A. in Photography from TUAS Arts Academy. Since 2005 she has worked as a pattern and textile designer in Finland and abroad. In her work as a designer-researcher she combines her passion for both design and art.

Doctoral research
Rules of Inspiration – the Role of Inspiration in the Creative Process

The core of this research is a personal creative process that researcher–practitioner investigates using practice-based research methods. Research Rules of Inspiration aims to define those rules and laws that regulate the use and conduct of inspiration as a part of the creative process. Practice-based production part of the research consists of a vast collection of surface designs on fabric and woven jacquards. These created fabrics will be re-worked into diverse ready–made products, for home and wearable fashion. Several artists and their working methods have been chosen as sources of inspiration. Research suggests that this continuous self–fed inspiration system frees designer from white paper syndrome and one ends up in a state of never ending flow of inspiration. This research gives information on how sources of inspiration materialize in ready-made artifacts, or what the profound meaning of inspiration is to a designer. It also verbalizes the creative process and elucidates the limits between copying and inspiration.

Top Skills

  • Practice-led research
  • Making with hands
  • Textile and pattern design
  • Sketching methods

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