Born in 1985,Mariana Fernandes is a Portuguese graphic designer and illustrator graduated in Communication Design at the University of Fine Arts of Lisbon. The curiosity in various creative processes enabled her to develop her skills in a multidisciplinary way. In 2008, Mariana began working at the space Fabrica Features Lisbon where she was involved in the cultural program, product selection and space management. Simultaneously she developed several design projects, responding not only to professional needs, but also to her own personal satisfaction. Since October 2011 she works in the Fabrica design department, splitting her work between Treviso and her studio in Lisbon.
Fabrica is a communication research centre. It is based in Treviso, Italy, and is an integral part of the Benetton Group. Established in 1994 from a vision of Luciano Benetton, Fabrica offers young people from around the world a one-year scholarship, accommodation and a round-trip ticket to Italy, enabling a highly diverse group of researchers. The range of disciplines is equally diverse, including design, visual communication, photography, interaction, video, music and journalism. Fabrica is based in a campus centred on a 17th-century villa, restored and significantly augmented by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando.