Lienes' experimental design is a manifestation of the present thought in the future. She combines influences curated from the Russian Avant-Garde and her Latvian roots and heritage. As a result, it proposes dynamic visions that become a transformative tool to improve human experiences and offer an inclusive place for every individual.
My visionary, artistic abilities and experimentation have a significant role in design creation and creative processes. I aim to push the boundaries in today's society and Fashion Industry to offer an intelligent design that adds value and involves cultural elements. Moreover, I endeavour to create novelty and future-proof fashion that provides the wearer the opportunity to forge a deeper connection with themselves and engage with the garments in their own sensual and personal way realising the importance of self-expression.
The collection proposes a juxtaposition of the two elements reflecting on my own background; that being the Capitalism model of the Post-Soviet Union and the existing Social Capitalism Model which is a society in which those with disabilities are often ignored. Having grown up in a post-capitalist society, I experienced some difficulties which, for some time, had lead me to simply conform with the existing system and norms. The disability studies challenge the normality and the existing social model.
Secondly, communicating visually and considering the revolutionary Russian Avant-Garde movement, I aim to encourage the audience to move away from the entrapments of the past and view the industry in a different light. At that time the artist ideas were extremely revolutionary and went against the system ignoring the comparisons and contradictions. And I feel exactly doing that today, be part of a new system. More open-minded, empathetic and respectful.
The garments have detachable and attachable elements as pockets , sleeves and inside panels to make them multi-functional and they can be worn in different ways using your own interpretation and vision . I wanted to deconstruct and create Outerwear pieces that offer bolder, outer-space silhouettes using experimental pattern cutting. Elements as monochrome and elegant stitching inspired by Japanese Sashiko techniques reflect some elements from Malevich Suprematism paintings whilst the elongated silhouettes are inspired by the Latvian National costume that were cherished throughout centuries, even during the oppression times. After manufacturing the outerwear, I upcycled the fabric scraps and created a detachable bag for Outfit 2 with some ‘Little Monster’ objects to make it a bit more fun and interactive. Furthermore, I digitally printed my own fabric that has a significant meaning behind as I used symbols, colours and motives for the print that were derived from my Latvian background.