Lianas Fashion Design work

Liana dreams of having her own brand and doing what she loves

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Why did you choose to study the Master’s programme in Textile and Fashion Design with a Specialisation in Fashion Design?

“I was looking for a programme that would go more in-depth with different textile applications and focus on the artistic development of the material instead of a garment. As I was mostly working with print design before, I chose to further specialise in this technique.”

What do you learn in your programme?

“I learned to develop my own unique methodology when working with print and digital sketching tools. Also, explaining my creative process in writing was a challenging yet highly rewarding experience that gave new insights into defining and structuring the foundation of my work. The programme gave me confidence in finding my unique handwriting in my design language and focusing on my strengths.”

What is the best thing about the programme?

“There is a lot of freedom in decision-making and choosing the path which best suits your interests. I enjoy working independently so for me flexibility was an important aspect. A wide range of equipment from the labs gives access to explore your wildest fantasies.”

How did you find out about the programme?

“I was researching top fashion schools online and found the University of Borås. I was also following the Swedish School of Textiles account on Instagram so I was aware of the talent and the creativity the programme attracts and is known for.”

What did you do before you started your studies at the University of Borås?

“I was figuring out life as a recent graduate during the pandemic. It was a bit of a whirlwind, graduating right before the world was put on pause. In the midst of that, I kept busy working on individual projects to expand my portfolio. I focused on print design and experimenting with digital applications in fashion design. Despite the challenges, it was a time when I learned a lot about adapting and finding a new direction, which also led to the decision to apply for my Master’s studies in Sweden.”

What career opportunities will you have after your studies?

“Recently, I was offered a year-long art residency in Copenhagen from ALPHA – an emergent talent support platform in the Nordic region. At the moment, I will continue working on individual projects and I am open to collaboration or other arising opportunities where I could use my specific skills as a specialist. Alongside job applications, entering design competitions for recent graduates is another alternative as they often open doors to unique and unforeseen opportunities.”

What do you do dream about doing in five years?

“My dream has always been to have my own brand, doing what I love and sharing designs that radiate joy. I firmly believe that more light and positivity are what we need in our current times.”

Why did you choose to study in Sweden, and Borås?

“Before moving to Sweden, I lived in Copenhagen, so staying in Scandinavia was important to me, as it is in proximity to my native country, Latvia. Sweden, with its harsher winters, lakes, and forests, reminded me more of the place where I grew up and gave a nice contrast to the busy city life in Denmark.”

What is the student city of Borås like?

“Student life is what you make of it – it all depends on the people you surround yourself with. I found student life to be much richer compared to studying in the capital since more time is spent together in a close-knit group with other students.”

Where is your favourite place on campus?

“The expansion area – It has amazing light, and it is the best place to take photos of your creations!”

What tips do you have for those considering applying to the same programme as you?

“To have a good idea of what is the focus area you’d like to delve into. Don't worry if your interests seem unconventional or hard to define – that uniqueness could be exactly what sets your work apart. Being true to yourself and your design philosophy while staying open to exploring the maximum of your potential is very important as this might be the only time to be truly experimental.”

Why should people study at the University of Borås?

“The university is well-recognised globally and offers a wide set of facilities to fully explore ideas both artistically and on a high technical level. There is a lot of personal and shared space to work in which is not always the case compared to other universities. I highly recommend the University of Borås to individuals seeking an education that seamlessly integrates artistic and academic principles.”

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Master´s Programme in Textile and Fashion Design, Specialisation in Fashion Design

Text: Sara Lundgren
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Published 2024-01-19