My creative journey
Elisabet Soffia Bender is born and raised in Reykavík, Iceland. Elisabet discovered her love for creating and making at a very young age when she took unmatched socks from her mother's laundry and fabric scraps from her grandmother and created dresses for her dolls.
Elisabet's journey within fashion started in August 2015 when she started learning Tailoring at The Technical College of Reykjavík. There, she learned the art of bespoke pattern cutting and the traditional techniques of creating a garment from start to finish.
She undertook her Journeyman's examination in June 2018 and got licenced as a tailor in September 2018. From there, she wanted to dive even deeper into the world of fashion and moved from Reykjavík, Iceland, to Leeds, England, to do her BA (Hons) Fashion at Leeds Art University. Elisabet widened her skills in garment construction, pattern cutting, and learned how to develop concepts and create mood boards, technical packages, record design development, and learn how to use software Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Elisabet graduated from Leeds Art University in December 2020.
After finishing her digital submission of her final collection in May 2020, Elisabet returned to Leeds Arts University to do her MA in Digital Fashion. Starting her digital fashion journey by trying different digital fashion methods such as laser cutting and CLO3D. She soon realised that the software CLO3D woke her interest. Elisabet ended up writing her dissertation, "An exploration into digital pattern cutting and digital customisation for bespoke tailoring."
For her final submission, she designed and developed a digital menswear collection.
Along with all the education, has Elisabet done a few internships and residencies. She did the internships with an Icelandic national costume studio and the production team for the outdoor clothing brand Cintamani and the residency with TikTokXGFF.
This website is a platform where Elisabet will share her work, thoughts and be her creative self. Don't hesitate to get in touch with her with any thoughts and questions you may have!