Lee Coren > From Graphic to Textileby Itay Blaish | 10.02.14
Listening, is not something we do only with our ears. We can listen with our eyes, our hands, and every other part of our body. When a designer listens, they actually conduct a research and take notes of things that might otherwise be missed, even though they have been there all along. Lee Coren is one of those designers.
With one glance at her work, one senses great aesthetics and attention to detail but with a second glance, the nuances of the landscapes of our daily life reveal themselves.
I had the chance of asking Lee a few questions about her work and collection.
Hello Lee, Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Lee: I am 26 years old, living in Jaffa near the flea market with my cat, dog and loving boyfriend. It’s a wonderful creative environment. I graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design 3 years ago with a tingle in my fingers for textile design, a field I had very little experience in. After graduating, I started taking different courses to expand my knowledge and fell in love with traditional & modern printing techniques. It wasn’t long after that I realized that it where my heart is
What is the main inspiration of your collection/design? What inspires you personally?
Lee: I love the city, and I hate it. It’s a constant battle between the two. As a result, my designs are inspired by a mixture of two strong elements in my life – my local urban surroundings and the need for escapism and a breath of fresh air. The collection features handmade screen printed fabrics as well as original digital prints I photographed. I love being able to bring moments of pastoral and escapism into my busy everyday urban life.Having said that, windows will always be my favourite source of inspiration – be it the shape, the colour, the curved bars, or the broken shutters – each window is different, containing a home story of it’s own.
Tell me about the switch between Graphic Design to Textile Design? Was it hard or natural for you?
Lee: Completely natural. My designs are a result of a process of graphic design – collecting visuals (photos that I take), deconstructing them (drawing out the elements I am fascinated with) and reassembling the parts into a new visual element and at the end, into a pattern and a modern fashion accessory.
What are your future plans for the brand? Do you want to expand or do other kinds of fashion?
Lee: I have so many plans! I am flirting with the idea of making textiles for the home, but I can’t give you all the details just yet. I’m constantly looking to create new items and improve and develop myself and my line.
Who do you look up too, brand-wise?
Lee: Cos and Celine are spectacular. Balanced neutrals of high-end qualities from product to branding.
Fabrics: Natural Cottons, Chiffon and Upholstery
Print techniques: Screen printing + Digital Printing