MY JOURNEY SO FAR
Textile art is my life long love and challenge.
Graduated as Master of Arts in 1991 from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, I have always been in love with textile as world heritage, art and craft. I had the chance to study pattern design, contemporary tapestry design and weaving, along with screen printing, yarn and fabric dyeing, oil painting, drawing, history of art. It was a happy extension of my early years in the National School of Applied Arts in Sofia, where my major was ‘Textile, Clothing and Accessories’.
Ever since I am participating in major exhibitions, my art works are shown in UK, USA, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Bulgaria. In 1996 my work “Pure” was selected in a contest, organised by Coats. 1998 was the year I took part in a recycling-focused exhibition in Copenhagen with a mixed media small sculpture. In 2013 I received the first award of the National Patchwork Contest, Bulgaria, for my work “Gran Teatro del Liceo”, a wall-hanging art patchwork. In 2014 the association Patchwork BG elected me as jury member of The Second National Patchwork Contest.
For my textile creations I mainly use recycled materials and hand dyed fabrics and yarns. One of my favourite art techniques is collage, in textile art I use it as applique and for my pattern designs as cut-outs of my paintings.
For the last five years I have been living in London. This happened to be very fruitful time for me as an artist. I exhibited at The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham in 2014, ‘15, ‘17, Art Patchwork and Art Creation categories. A lot of paintings were created during this period, some of which were exhibited at Parallax Art Fair, Kensington and at JonaQuestArt Gallery, Greenwich, 2018. At Fashion and Textile Museum London and as a member of Textile Design Lab I have successfully completed eight courses, among them creating a professional textile pattern repeats, pattern collection development, portfolio curating. Some of my pattern designs were selected by Pattern Observer Studio and presented at Surtex, NYC and Premier Vision NYC 2018 - 19. My design work was recently featured at Pattern Observer blog.
I am running Milena Textile Design Studio and present my designs at Pure Origin, London Olympia (2018, 2019 & 2020). I like to design for women apparel, home decor and kids wear. Guideline for my patterns are WGSN latest trends and my end user requirements.
I will be happy to license my designs or to work on brief and commissions.
For more information about my newest designs, please write at firstname.lastname@example.org.