ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Designer-maker Ala Sinkevich currently completing BA at National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Originally self-taught dressmaker she is fascinated by traditional craft techniques combined with precise tailoring, Ala creates enduring and contemporary pieces through handcrafted and manipulated fabrics and various fabrications. Working with natural materials, such as wool, linen and recycled leather she incorporates hand and nuno felting, quilting and dyeing processes to create sculptural and figurative clothes and accessories with minimum waste.
Ala was born in Ukraine, raised in Belarus, currently based in Dublin. Started making clothes at the early age and later attended dressmaking classes while in school. Studied biology at Mozyr State University while independently developing sartorial skills and creating bespoke designs for individual clients. Worked as a sales representative and simultaneously undertook a photography course and freelance work. After moving to Ireland focused on creative self-development completed multidisciplinary portfolio course at Liberties College and entered National College of Art and Design to realize her passion for fashion design and strengthen research and concept development skills.
Ala’s work takes inspiration from architecture, contemporary art, natural and mundane objects underpinned by archival research and rediscovery of the forgotten techniques and fabrications. The work combines contrasting textures and minimalist silhouettes with traditional and modern materials to create one of a kind garments. Studio practice is focused on the development of high-quality enduring pieces and innovative patterns, use of natural local materials and underappreciated handcrafts.