Elena Brebenel is a Romanian-born textile artist and designer who is interested in investigating the intersections between art, craft and design, through a highly experimental and research driven practice. In her most recent project, she explores the possibility of developing bio-inspired textile artifacts that raise awareness about the health of our home environment, with a focus on air quality. To read more about this ongoing research please click here.  The studio practice prior to her current project is characterized by the same experimental and interdisciplinary approach. This work consists of textile objects and installations, a combination of fabric and paper, and investigates the theme of memory through an exploration of place and the coded language of maps.

Elena’s work was widely exhibited, including countries such as Canada, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, UK, Uruguay and USA. She has received numerous grants and was awarded residencies at Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside (Troy, NY, USA), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA, USA), The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia, PA, USA), Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artisticas (Barcelona, Spain), Nature, Art and Habitat Residency (Bergamo, Italy) and Contextile 2016 (Guimarães, Portugal).

Elena Brebenel received her Bachelors Degree in Textiles Arts from the University of the Arts ‘George Enescu’ in Iasi, Romania in 2006 and her Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS, USA in 2011. Elena was a lecturer in Textiles at the University of Kansas, and in 2012 held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Fibers/Foundation Drawing at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame IN, USA.

Elena is currently an Assistant Professor in Textiles at NSCAD University in Halifax, Canada, while also undertaking a practice-based PhD based at UAL:Central Saint Martins in London, UK.


For more information please see Elena’s full CV here.