Lena Mariën

Lena studied textile design at KASK in Ghent. There she developed a great sensitivity for materials, textures and their qualities. From thread to surface. She also developed technical knowledge of knitting, weaving, embroidery and screen printing but always with a great emphasis on the artistic. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in theatre costume at the Academy of Antwerp.

Drawing on her background in textile design and craft, Lena works on her costumes by literally sitting with her hands in the material. In an intuitive way, surfaces are manipulated and brought together until something that was flat before suddenly becomes a volume, becomes a costume and a character, something you can just step into.