Get to know– Dana Lipka

Who are you?
My Name is Dana Lipka, I am 21 years old.

What is your Profession?
I am a Fashiondesigner in education, currently I am in my last year of a four-year studies called ‘BODY Design’ at  the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Netherlands.

In my spare time (not that i actually have got a lot of that phenomenon) I am dancing as often as possible and try to bend the borders of what we perceive as Fashion through embodying Dance and other disciplines within my work.

Where do you come from?
I was born in Aachen, Germany but I am based in Hamburg at the moment due to my internship. While being in uni, I lived in the Netherlands and went abroad for a Semester to the UK.

Three things on my bucket list?
1. Building my own empire (said no fashion designer ever), meaning: Setting up my own Business and creating a platform for young designers and artists

2. working with children in Namibia

3. paying back my parents for all those expensive years of education and support they gave me

A typical day of your life in three Emojis? 

What do you love about design?
The freedom of expression and the opportunity of making Statements.

What do you hate about design?
The word ‘design’ still gets associated with an upper class target group, while there is so much more happening besides the attention layed on the big brands.

Social design, Innovation, finding alternatives to achieve a more sustained production. A designer is not just someone who creates what is rated as aesthetically precious.

What is your secret superpower?
I manage to eat a full cup of Ben and Jerry’s in about 5 minutes (and I’m not even sorry).

What is the value of design?
What does it mean to  be a designer to you?

That is such a hard Question, I could probably ask what the value of the human race would be in General? Regarding our past I’d say God wanted us to use, but instead we abused,

God wanted us to create, but we destroyed.

So let’s try to create.

That’s what it means to be a designer to me, taking responsibility and leaving a footprint.

If you had three wishes?
Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cookie Dough and Half baked… oh and world peace

One must do/see/try in the Euregio?
Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Aachener Printen, Carolus Thermen

Your Epic Fails?
My Installation crashed and fell towards the visitors during an important Opening event we had to do in second year. I think that’s the closest you can get to an Epic fail to be fair.

Your best work/Project/discovery?
Until now, I’d rate my Knitwear capsule collection as my best project, as I feel like this has been such a step out of my comfort zone, working with Knitwear, getting into womenswear as I used to identify as a menswear designer and growing technique wise. Furthermore I can completely see my own handwriting and spirit in the final outcome.

My best discovery though, has been within my collaboration projects with other artists/professions, as I find real beauty happens in the space in between.t_t