Leonie van Balen


ArtEZ, Arnhem, Fashion BA 2016


Graduation collection:



Before starting her graduation year Leonie van Balen traveled to Sumba Island in Indonesia, where she studied the process of making Ikat fabrics, from the unique dyeing and weaving techniques to the symbolism behind the motifs. Back home she experimented with mixing these tribal techniques with knitwear techniques, both by hand and using different machines. The resulting ‘Ikat-knits’ showed resemblance with soccer supporter scarves, which lead her to include some elements from that subculture as well. She blended all of these ingredients with traditional menswear and sportswear into multiple collages, which then served as the basis for her graduation collection ‘GREEN, GREEN! .. YELLOW?'