Today, textile design is filled with opportunities, and is one of the fastest growing areas in design and technology. Textiles are used in medicine, architecture, construction, the defence industry, etc. With its experiments and research, the Department of Textile Design builds bridges between various areas of activity: experiments are made in the field of interactive textiles, while the challenges of social design and sustainable enterprise are met. Naturally, the design of traditional textiles for clothing and interior furnishings, with its hundred-year old tradition, has not been forgotten.

• “The Academy’s textile department wants to be present at the place where textiles meet science thereby creating the various possibilities for using textiles in today’s world.” Terje, MA I

• “Preferably innovative and encouraging. But also using traditional techniques to find new solutions and approaches.” Liisa, MA I

• “Textiles play an important role in the design of our environment, primarily by improving its quality. In addition to their decorative purposes, textiles have a series of important functions in various fields of activity, like medicine, the military, sports, construction, etc.” Liina, MA I

Autor ja foto_ Emily Cai. Tööstuslik kudumine
Liina_Leo 2018. Foto Marleen Muhuste_
Katariina Kruus, Ann Müürsepp. Foto Gerda Nurk
Autor ja foto_ Arife Dila Demir.AURA, interactive light emitting textile installation, 2019

News and events


Liisa Torsus in the Final of the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize

Textile artist Liisa Torsus, an alumna of EKA textiles, received an honorable mention in the final of the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize competition, which is awarded within the framework of NYTM (New York Textile Month), with her thesis "Kimustust ja natid", which means that Torsus got into the top six. More about the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize with ...
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EKA textile artists at the 4th Young Textile Art Triennial in Lodz

Estonia will be represented at the 4th Triennial of Young Textile Art in Lodž (YTAT) by EKA textile artists Helena Kisant, Anni Kivisto and Krista Leesi. As many as 18 art schools from 11 countries responded to the invitation of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz: Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Japan, USA, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia and Poland. Students and ...
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EKA designers at World Design Capital Valencia 2022 exhibition

The exhibition of Estonian sustainable design "Second Chance", organized by the Estonian Association of Designers and the Estonian Academy of Arts, will be opened in Palacio de Colomina in Valencia, on May 9th, featuring innovative sustainable design solutions from more than 20 Estonian designers. The curator of the exhibition is the President of the Estonian Association of Designers, Ilona ...
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“Soft Negotiations” in Vilnius Academy of Arts

“Soft Negotiations” EKA (Estonian Academy Of Arts) Department of Textile Design 25/04/2022–15/05/2022 Vilnius Academy of Arts gallery “Artifex”,  Gaono g.1, Tue to Sun 12.00–18.00 The exhibition presents works by students and teaching staff of the Estonian Academy of Arts that investigate the all-encompassing role of textile design. Besides conventional roles, new hybrid forms emerge, ...
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The Textile Design Department of EKA presents Katrin Kabun’s book “Archaic High-Tech. Knowledge-based Use of Sheep Wool”

On Monday, April 18, at 4 pm, the Department of Textile Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts presents Katrin Kabun’s book “Archaically high-tech: Knowledge-based Use of Sheep Wool” The book was born out of a practical need, a desire to help restore the historical and economic value of wool.  The publication has been compiled by a textile designer and is intended primarily for students, ...

Vibmory: Touching Memories

The upcoming Friday at 18hs, in an  online event, Yulia Zhiglova and Claudia Diaz Reyes will present “Vibmory: Touching Memories”  Time travel is possible! We do it every day by recollecting past experiences in our minds. Can we also relive those moments and create new forms in the now to represent the past? It is the outcome of the start.ee arts & science residency, organized by the HCI ...

EKA “Open Windows” 2022 Exhibition

The exhibition “Open Windows” will reopen on the windows of the Library of EKA on February 21, at 4 pm. Through the exhibition of EKA windows, different specialities of EKA introduce their most outstanding projects and the latest creations of students. The exhibition can be viewed on the windows of the EKA Library on Põhja pst and Kotzebue streets and will remain open until March 14. ...
  • The Design & Crafts programme provides students with plenty of freedom as well as responsibility. The flexibility of the programme encourages student to try different ways to materialise ideas and learn new techniques and methods beyond their specialisation. The variety of courses and workshops provide a versatile and multifaceted education, giving students a lot of control over their individual paths.
    Marie Vinter
    MA Design & Crafts (Textile Design) ‘17

Student Work

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