A non-negligible advantage in the development of Marina as a young designer is her education – she graduated from the Royal College of Art, London. Afterwards she remained in London, one of the major capitals of creativity. Marina is still very young, but with some memorable and powerful realized ideas and implemented projects. Even though she is away from home and travels a lot, her Bulgarian origin is strongly weaved in her work through national elements inherent to Bulgarian national culture and aesthetics.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Born in Plovdiv, studied graphic and spacial design in Sofia at New Bulgarian University, afterwards I went to study at Royal College of Art, product design. Being a product designer enables me to understand the world around me.
Do you remember what you dreamt of becoming when you were a child?
I don’t remember having anything particular in mind. I really loved doing things with my hands.
Is there anyone in particular who has influenced your professional development?
A lot of different people and various books. One of my early memories goes back to a show on the German TV, which was presenting culture events and artists. In one of the episodes they were talking about a sculptor (unfortunately I don’t remember her name), who was working on one of her metal sculptures in her yard. I think this was the first time that the thought of doing something similar crossed my mind as being suitable for me.
How would you describe your work?
Predominantly influenced by the processes I use. To me how things look is the result of how they are made and this is important to be represented in my work.
Tell us more about your work process:
I have a studio, which I share with my partner Ian Howlett. More and more I work during regular working times, because my work requires communication with clients, partners and producers. But the really interesting part starts when the e-mails and the phone are quiet. This is creation time for me. I try to transfer part of the production of my items in Bulgaria, which requires often traveling.
I often find myself working with markings – like weaving and other processes related to the construction of the structure out of fiber. Also, a lot of the times I end up using metal, and just rarely wood.
Who are some of the other Bulgarian designers whose work you admire and follow?
All of the Composites participants. Konstantin Achkov and others.
What is the professional achievement you are most proud of?
Two participations at Milano Design Week are a good achievement at the moment. But I am still expecting new ones.
What is your dream project?
I love working with light. Up to now, I have worked on several projects for lamps. But recently i have started researching the aspect of day light and how it could be developed.
What are some of your most recent plans and projects?
Showing my new collaboration pieces with Ian Howlett. We have worked with different manufacturers of hand blown glass, CNC and led diodes.
What do you expect from your Milano participation?
Mostly a dialogue on the themes of textiles, traditions and their contemporary interpretations.