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Textile designs inspired by nature and experience

Experiences on nature are strongly visible in the textiles designed by TUAS’ design students. In mid-January 2015, the patterns will travel to the international Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Heimtextil is the largest fair for home and contract textiles in Europe.

An international group of design students to the Heimtextil fair

Text and photos: Martti Komulainen

The annual fair provides an extensive overview on the textile field and is a true showcase for the students. For TUAS’ design students, the project is a unique opportunity to benefit their skills as a part of a designer group and to network with companies in the field. In the previous years, the patterns have sold well, and this year the students also have prearranged several meetings with companies.

The patterns of the international group of students include prints and woven and mixed media models. The idea behind the patterns is to reflect the trend themes of the Heimtextil fair, which are presented in the fair’s ”Trend Book”. ”Experience” has been selected as the main trend theme this year.

The opportunity to participate in the fair and TUAS’ high-quality design teaching have attracted exchange students to Turku. The design team consists of 13 members from Finland, Great Britain, France, Spain, China and Japan. The name of the design team, Dozen+1, comes from an old British term ”Baker’s dozen”. It refers to an extra pastry which brings good luck.