Elena Brebenel
Artefact No. 8 - Bio-inspired Awareness
2020
Digital printing, hand embroidery, painting and paper cutting; Belgian linen, pineapple fibre fabric, rayon thread, textile pigments, Arches paper, pergamenata paper, gouache paint
50cm x 70cm




Elena Brebenel
Bio-Inspired Artefact No. 5
2019
Hand embroidery, painting and paper cutting; Pineapple fibre fabric, non-woven linen, rayon thread pergamenata paper, Arches paper, gouache paint
50cm x 70cm






Elena Brebenel
Bio-Inspire Artefact No. 6
2019
Digital printing, hand embroidery and paper cutting; Polyester dorado, pineapple fibre fabric
60cm x 60cm









Elena Brebenel
Processes sets no. 1-3


Photographs courtesy of the Glenn Michael Harper


Bio

    Elena Brebenel is a textile artist and designer interested in investigating the intersections between art, craft and design, through highly experimental and research-driven practice.

    Elena PhD thesis "Bio-inspired Textiles: A Strategy to Raise Awareness About Air Quality at Home" investigates the intersections between art, craft, and design.

    Through creating over fifty material samples, nine of which are interactive, Elena's practice-based work plays the role of design research artefacts that function as domestic probes.

    Inspired by the nest behaviour of the female blue tit bird Cyanistes Caeruleus, the work encourages viewers to consider the air quality of their home environment. The textile compositions are constructed from fabrics, paper, digital and hand textile craft processes, focusing on printing, embroidery and crochet. Each artefact consists of a wall panel and loose fragments of paper and fabric that are infused with essential oils of lavender and peppermint.