By: Satu Maaranen (Aalto- University School of Art and Design)
The concept of the fabric collection I designed during my traineeship at European textile trainees few years ago is based on ancient destroyed fabrics and the unknown paintings of Toulouse Lautrec. The garment collection I made later from these couture fabrics has a feminine mood in a provocative way.
I used textile museums library as a research and inspiration tool and the lovely workers in the factory helped me to make my ideas real. I experimented with various techniques and embraced the concept of error, trial and destroy. My teachers said that I have a unique take on texture and proportion using rare fabric combinations, raw texture and colors on my designs. In the other half of ETT- period I did an internship in Italy in a textile company called Erica. There I designed various digital prints for big fashion houses around Europe.
Last August, I won the Nordic Designers’ Nest Award with my women’s wear collection I started to design in ETT. Designers’ Nest aims to expose and promote up-and-coming Nordic designers to the global buyers, designers, press and trendsetters who visit the biannual fashion fair. I was recognized for the strong concept behind the collection and my Scandinavian touch for fabric design by the international panel.