Julia Valle Noronha

Julia Valle Noronha

Julia Valle Noronha is a designer-researcher and Associate Professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She holds a DA in Design (Aalto University, Finland), MA in Visual Arts with a focus on Art and Technology (UFRJ, Brazil) and a BSc in Social Communication (UFMG, Brazil). With 15 year experience in clothing and fashion design practice, Julia seamlessly bridges professional and academic experiences. Her fields of interest in research and...

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Luis Vega

Luis Vega

  Designer-researcher Luis Vega specializes in cross-cultural collaboration. Informed by the dynamics of people, places, and processes, his work employs craft as a platform to investigate ways of socializing knowledge through materiality. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Product Design from Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City, 2009), a Postgraduate Diploma in Modern Craft from the Kyoto Institute of Technology (Kyoto, 2014), and a...

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Riikka Latva-Somppi

Riikka Latva-Somppi

Riikka Latva-Somppi is a sculptor and glass artist and artist-researcher. Her artist practice includes multiple roles ranging from curating to object making as well as teaching and other assignments of expertise in the field. She works in the intersection of fine art and craft and considers her work to be material based but not material bound. She has a Masters degree in Ceramics and Glass from the University of Art and Design (now Aalto...

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Özgü Gündeşlioğlu

Özgü Gündeşlioğlu

Özgü Gündeşlioğlu is an artist/researcher, currently based in Turkey. She held a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Anadolu University and completed her master study in ceramic art at Akdeniz University. She concentrates on the issues around ceramic material, ontology of material and making and auto-ethnographic art practices. As a PhD candidate, she carries out an artistic research that aims to discuss dichotomic approach in...

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Danica Karaičić

Danica Karaičić

Danica Karaicic is a PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. Her art practice and research are based on a series of spatial experiments focused on the intersection of three skins: body, dress and architectural space. Through her participatory installations she strives to challenge the existing relationships between these three skins. Her current interest is in the ways haptic senses and movement of the...

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Maarit Mäkelä

Maarit Mäkelä

Maarit Mäkelä works as an artist in the junction of ceramics and fine art. She has had several solo exhibitions in Finland and has taken part in frequent joint exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Mäkelä’s works deals with femininity. She has discussed this theme broader in her doctoral dissertation “Saveen piirtyviä muistoja. Subjektiivisen luomisprosessin ja sukuopuolen representaatioita” [Memories on clay: representations of...

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Priska Falin

Priska Falin

In my BA and MA studies my main subject was ceramics. I did an exchange period in China, Jingdezhen, concentrating on the Chinese traditional decoration techniques. After graduating in 2009 I worked as an independent artist and designer doing teaching, interior decoration, exhibitions and subcontracting and freelance work for other companies. In my doctoral studies I have focused on ceramic materials from the perspective of aesthetics. The...

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Mimmu Rankanen

Mimmu Rankanen

Dr. Mimmu Rankanen has worked in the field of art education since 2000 in various positions, such as the full-time lecturer of art, health and well-being. Currently she works as a part-time lecturer teaching pedagogical interaction skills and courses related to socio-emotional and therapeutic effects of art in the context of art education. Her research interests include intrapersonal and interpersonal learning and development in the contexts...

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Camilla Groth

Camilla Groth

Throwing clay blindfolded. Video-clip from research data. By Camilla Groth. Camilla Groth defended her dissertation “Making sense through hands: Design and craft practice analysed as embodied cognition” in early 2017 as an Empirica member. Her studies focused on experiential and embodied knowing in design and craft practice, and they contributed to the interdisciplinary Handling Mind Research Project, (2012-2016). Through her doctorate, she...

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Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen

Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen

I currently work in Finnish Design Academy (FDA) project in Väre, Aalto Arts. FDA is a nationwide project to develop and promote Finnish design education. The head of the project is Lahti Institute of Design. The project is carried out in collaboration with expert organization for designers Ornamo and all universities of applied sciences and universities providing higher design education in Finland. Together these associates are committed to...

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Anna Kholina

Anna Kholina

Anna Kholina is a design researcher at Aalto University, focusing on urban design and human experience. Doctoral research Public space as an experience This research seeks a deeper understanding of why people appreciate public spaces and make public life happen in the cities by looking at the urban environment from two perspectives: that of place and experience. Building on existing approaches in cultural geography and social sciences, and by...

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Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen

Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen

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...

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Krista Kosonen

Krista Kosonen

Krista is a Finnish designer-researcher based in Helsinki. She is one of the three founders of the Finnish collective Imu design, which has promoted young design talents by organizing exhibitions since 2002. Krista has graduated as Master of Arts from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2005, and since then worked in the fields of furniture & visual design, exhibitions, curating and design research. Krista worked in...

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Tuulia Lampinen

Tuulia Lampinen

Tuulia is a Finnish textile designer and weaving professional graduated MA from Aalto University. She has been trained in Italy and France in analyzing and weaving 15th-19th century silk fabrics.As a designer doing research she is interested in the technology that past master weavers used and how that knowledge could be applied in today´s practices. Doctoral research From a Fragment to a Fabric. Historical Silk Textiles as Contemporary...

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Pia Staff

Pia Staff

Doctoral research Images of the body. Representations of the female designer’s artistic process The main challenge of the research project is to look at women’s experience of subjectivity that is transformed by the process of aging. How does the overlapping qualities – female gender and age – maintain or change the heteronormative order. The project seeks to unfold the structure of heteronormativity and the construction process of...

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