Elina Laitinen is a fashion designer working at the junction of art and design. She graduated from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture with a Master of Arts in 2016. Elina has been awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Hyères Fashion Festival in 2012 for a collection she designed with Siiri Raasakka and Tiia Sirén. In her work Elina explores new fashion design practices that pay attention to the larger social implication of productive work. She has researched the clothing traditions in Finland of the 1920s to the 1970s and is currently investigating the ways in which clothes were produced and used in the times before mass production dominated the markets.
During my residency programme, I plan to research home sewing culture and examine the relation that fashion designers can build onto it, —Elina