Personal exhibition Eliana Lorena

Triennale Design Café | La Triennale di Milano

22 Janury - 2 March 2014

curated by Silvana Annicchiarico, Triennale Design Museum Director

Preparation Eliana Lorena and  Francesco Buzzo

Photo Francesco Buzzo

The element that distinguishes Eliana Lorena's work concerns the design of surfaces and colors as a strategic factor capable of characterizing objects, environments and architectures. His working method follows a preliminary study of analysis and research, essential in the architectural or design disciplines in order to be able to create a concept suitable for the object of study. Eliana Lorena says: “Mine is a visual, sensory, tactile language. Matter and color guide my instinct. Culture, history, traditions and socio-economic processes define the right application to the product, the concept for outlining the design phase ". Eleonora Fiorani, member of the scientific committee of the Milan Triennale for Fashion writes: “A silk fabric, a square called Foulard, is the module that Eliana Lorena has adopted to design surfaces and colors, and to make fashion a very plastic art close to architecture and design, in which accessories and clothes are concepts to be worn, made to be inhabited and create new ways of appearing and being, ideas embodied in cultural, ethnic and social codes. And it does so with a material-chromatic research carried out by thematization according to a methodology learned from sectors such as the car, office, home, fittings. The theme of the exhibition is digital print, Teseo's inkjet print on silk. The motifs are paisley, of Persian origin, flowers and squares. The reference abacus is a sort of study of the pattern at different scales: each fabric has a miniature next to it with the same design, in scale, on a different support in surface terms. The Monochrome in crepe de chine are instead the vehicle of the color that each person is, different ways of being in the world. And the scarf can be worn as a headdress, wrapped around the neck, resting on the shoulders, knotted at the handle of the bag, around the waist, and can stage the different cultures and identities. As happens in the Barbie collections in which the body in series ceases to be such to take on the colors and fabrics of the various ethnic groups to signify the bodies as territories of the circulation of the messages of a society. Barbies dressed not only according to western codes, but in burka, kimono, saris, boubou, putting together cultures and stylistic elements in which the written bodies come to life, meaning from different cultures and hybridize producing the modernity that is indigenous. They are also mnemonic traces of travel and encounters of one's own experience ". ELEONORA FIORANI

Crossover's works embrace fashion and design with digital prints on Teseo natural fiber and silk fabrics and Maurizio Peregalli's Inox Structure valet stand for Zeus which supports monochrome scarves. For the swimwear made with Sensitive® Fabrics by Eurojersey, for the 1: 6 scale clothes of the Gobbetto resin sculpture. Finally for the printing on linen fabric of the Journal cover for Nava.