Elena Brebenel is a 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 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.


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