Being creative is not a job, but a process
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"For me, weaving data, stories or just patterns, is about creating tangible representations of intangible layers. In my work, those designs are created based on the analysis of stories, but mostly about the context around the words. The rhythm, breath, pauses, are things you can’t quantify or put a word on, but they add as much meaning as the words themselves to the stories. These aspects represent feelings, and that is the most human side of storytelling. That is also where people naturally connect. When you tell me a story, I connect with you because of how you made me feel. So creating patterns based on that, is assigning a form and a shape, a real one. It’s kind of saying, “Hey, this really exists,” and then translating it to a physical piece, like a weaving. Because you can touch it, it seems more real than a story you once uploaded to the cloud and you don’t even remember that it exists."
Who designs? Computer or human?
“Having an idea, feeling inspiration, and using motivation are things that the computer cannot do. The computer enriches the design process. For me, it itself and the way it works is often an inspiration for research and experimentation. Working with the computer is a symbiosis.”
— Lena Weber on Ambiguous Aesthetics.
“I love a raw finish. Like raw cuffs. There's something so graceful yet not proper to it. It seems like a rebellion or something. That romance of things in decay is so beautiful to me.”
“I don't think you can have business without ethics. So, that’s where my more humanitarian stuff comes in and I remind myself that I have to not do harm. I have to figure out a way of doing this where I'm enjoying it and other people are liking it — but I want us all to feel like we're not contributing to the destruction of the planet while we're doing this. So, I have to run my business mindfully.
The best things always have an antagonism. I don't think we should stop doing them because of that antagonism, I think we should just get creative and find better solutions”
“There is an innate pleasure in doing something well, and the beauty of slow fashion is that you can have that gift, that pleasure of creating something and feeling good about it. It’s not a factory where you pass it on to someone else and you never see the final piece. At the end of the day, you have something that you made and you can look at it and feel good about it. You know, especially if you put the right intention into it. I love that.”
“Our brains are so active in what we do (as fashion designers) — our emotions and intelligence — and we’re using our bodies. Cutting patterns, leaning into the machine...”