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Lida Marinkova

MA work

Melting away

A material explorer at heart, I am especially excited about the great potential of glass and the idea of creating new parameters for it. My graduation piece is fuelled by my research trip to Iceland last summer. This site-specific installation piece, composed out of glass, recreates my memory of that trip and points out the sublime beauty of ice and glacial formations that I experienced. Ice landscapes have long been under threat due to severe human interventions such as rising climate change and arctic drilling. Aware of these issues, the immersive installation invites the viewer to fully indulge in its present existence as each angle reveals a different perspective similar to the ever-changing glaciers.


  • Lida Marinkova
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2014


    Mixed Media

  • The analytical and continually-evolving exploration of material and shape lies at the base of my sculptural work. Heavily inspired by natural forms and processes and the idea of transformation, I hold a great desire to create unusual structures and organic shapes. Experience in glass work, such as glassblowing, lamp- and kilnwork, as well as garment construction, sewing including the use of digital embroidery, various material analyses including different colour and surface creations, are evident.

    My own work is very much based on transcending materials and playing with the perception of their everyday notions, as well as interfering with their worldliness. It is further the constant urge to create a new context for the chosen materials by injecting them in unusual areas and applications, questioning their common existence. Having exhibited my work internationally in places such as the Vienna Awards of Fashion and Design, the Tittot Glass Art Museum in Taipei and Tate Modern, London, I have also worked on other projects outside my current field of study, including collaborative projects in vehicle design, architecture, product design, as well as innovative design engineering. While each work has its own logic and follows a distinct process, I am capable of adapting to the individual needs of the various projects in order to apply my material findings individually as well as extend their common use by pushing the boundaries of the known.  

  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion Design, Fashion Institute Hetzendorf Vienna, 2012
  • Experience

  • Design intern, Iris van Herpen, Amsterdam, 2012; Textile assistant, Rowan Mersh, London, 2011; Tailoring assistant, Aziz Rahmans, London, 2010; Design intern, Giles Deacon, London, 2010; Design intern, Ada Zanditon, London, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Generative Glass, Tittot Glass Art Museum, Taipei, 2013; QEPrize Showcase for Engineering, Tate Modern, London, 2013; Vienna Awards for Fashion and Design, Museumsquartier, Vienna, 2012; BA collection, Wagner Werk Museum, Vienna, 2011; Fresh Fish Fair, Exercishuset, Gothenburg, 2010; Fashion Show, Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo, 2010
  • Awards

  • The Textile Society Postgraduate Student Bursary, 2014; QEST, 2013
  • Publications

  • Transcending the found object: The idea of the sublime in Tara Donovan's work, 2014, p.29