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Negotiation between the Maker and Material by Bilge Merve Aktaş and Maarit Mäkelä

Negotiation between the Maker and Material by Bilge Merve Aktaş and Maarit Mäkelä

Aktaş, B. M., & Mäkelä, M. (2019). Negotiation between the maker and material: Observations on material interactions in felting studio. International Journal of Design, 13(2), 55-67. This article examines the interaction between maker and material in craft making in the case of felting. From the perspective of material agency, the article argues that the craft practice is the result of a negotiation between the material and the maker,...

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Why our brains love arts and crafts by Minna Huotilainen, Mimmu Rankanen, Camilla Groth, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Maarit Mäkelä in Formakademisk.

Why our brains love arts and crafts by Minna Huotilainen, Mimmu Rankanen, Camilla Groth, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Maarit Mäkelä in Formakademisk.

Huotilainen, Minna, Rankanen Mimmu, Groth Camilla, Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita and Mäkelä, Maarit.  Why our brains love arts and crafts Implications of creative practices on psychophysical well-being. Formakademisk. 11(2): Art 1, 1-18 This article aims to integrate knowledge from the field of cognitive neuroscience and the arts by focusing on the implications that flow experience and the mirror neuron system integral to making processes...

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Documentation as a practice-led research tool for reflection on experiential knowledge by Maarit Mäkelä and Nithikul Nimkulrat in Formakademisk

Documentation as a practice-led research tool for reflection on experiential knowledge by Maarit Mäkelä and Nithikul Nimkulrat in Formakademisk

Mäkelä, Maarit and Nimkulrat, Nithikul (2018).  Documentation as a practice-led research tool for reflection on experiential knowledge. Formakademisk. 11(2): Art 5, 1-16. Practice-led research has been under debate for three decades. One of its major issues concerns how the researcher, who is also the practitioner, documents and reflects on her creative process in relation to a research topic. This article reviews and...

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Urban Hitchhiking: Wandering with Others as a Research Method by Anna Kholina in Suomen Antropologi

Urban Hitchhiking: Wandering with Others as a Research Method by Anna Kholina in Suomen Antropologi

This essay introduces urban hitchhiking, a reflective practice of sharing a walk with strangers, and considers its relevance for research and artistic practice. We demonstrate this with the help of our own accounts of Urban Hitchhiking as two artists who developed the concept and a researcher who practiced it. The essay summarises four perspectives that emerged from our findings: spatiality, performativity, gender, and hospitality.

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Rethinking materialities in higher education by Maarit Mäkelä and Teija Löytönen in Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

Rethinking materialities in higher education by Maarit Mäkelä and Teija Löytönen in Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

Art, craft and design activities are fundamentally creative in nature, requiring the implementation of ideas in the form of materially embodied artefacts. Within art and design education, initiation to the creative process is usually enhanced via a studio model where material experimentations are an integral part of learning processes. This case study explores materiality in learning from a relational perspective where material forces are at play in constituting learning: how learning is entangled with or an effect of the engagement with the materiality of places, environments and (organic) matter.

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Personal exploration: Serendipity and intentionality as altering positions in a creative proces by Maarit Mäkelä in FORMakademisk

Personal exploration: Serendipity and intentionality as altering positions in a creative proces by Maarit Mäkelä in FORMakademisk

This article is based on documentation and reflection of the author’s creative practice in contemporary ceramic art at the beginning of 2015. The article discusses how the creative process proceeds by alternating between two positions: serendipity and intentionality. By describing the different phases of the process, it reveals the interplay between the diverse range of activities and how these gradually construct the creative process.

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The Knowing Body in Material Exploration by Camilla Groth & Maarit Mäkelä in Studies in Material Thinking

The Knowing Body in Material Exploration by Camilla Groth & Maarit Mäkelä in Studies in Material Thinking

This paper explores the role of the knowing body in material exploration. The findings suggest that previous material experiences gathered through our body, guide us in material exploration even before physical manipulations start. Tactile impressions and images of materials are key in the choice of materials. The physical manipulation of materials help resolving complicated spatial design problems as the design is taken into the lived experience.

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Aesthetic Responses Made Visible Through Voices of Experts by Anna Kholina in Journal of Research Practice

Aesthetic Responses Made Visible Through Voices of Experts by Anna Kholina in Journal of Research Practice

This article examines the development of professional expertise in environmental aesthetics and proposes to rethink the role of experts and their contribution to the field by addressing tacit processes behind their judgements. It suggests reconsidering and widening the profile of the expert in environmental aesthetics to blur the divide between experts and lay public as well as between the users and producers of knowledge.

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