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Arena is a London based creative pattern cutter/designer in womenswear. Arena graduated with a 1st class (Hons) degree in Fashion Design from the University of Huddersfield. She went onto study an MA to develop her skills as a creative pattern cutter with focus on tailoring and experimental methods of cutting. Arena’s collection is inspired by the single sided surface (The Mobius Strip) through the study of Topology. Exploring the region between art and mathematics and finding beauty in geometry. She used computer technology for a new approach to design. Complex, minimal surfaces were generated using a 3D modelling computer

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program to which a ‘flattening’ process was applied. The flat 2D patterns transferred to paper and fabric for further manipulation and experimentation in relation to the body. This design process changes the design methodology; going from 3D surface to 2D and then back to 3D. This collection is a true celebration of creative pattern cutting and was produced solely by the designer, in its entirety, from start to finish

Photography: Panos Damaskinidis.