Back in May I was featured in the T-Mobile Magazine. Somehow I kept postponing translating the interview, time flew by and I finally decided to sit down and archive this in my portfolio and put an end to it once and for all.
I didn't translate everything - I kept the focus on questions about my Mori Collection and what it means to me as an artist.
TM: You recently presented your new, spring collection called "Romantic Mori". As the name suggests, the collection is feminine, romantic, magical... How do you personally experience it and where did you seek inspiration to create it?
The collection is inspired by the Japanese street fashion called "mori". "Mori" means forest in Japanese hence these forest girls mainly dress in natural colors clothes. Their style is bohemian combined with Gothic and Victorian elements. The Mori fashion incorporates my deep persuasion of the way a woman has to be: feminine, seductive and romantic, bewitchingly fascinating with a sprinkle of mystery about herself. For the collection I used mercerized cotton yarn, various types of lace, tulle and cotton fabric, pearls and beads with which I believe I managed to create a special tale - a new and seductive world.
TM: You pour the colors of nature into soft flowers to create interesting necklaces, lariats, bracelets, rings and brooches.
My crocheted pieces feature flower designs for which I used numerous patterns, inserting and weaving other materials into that flowery composition.
The Ideal Romantic Mori Girl
TM: The Romantic Mori unites and puts into opposition the free bohemian spirit, eccentricity of the Japanese fashion, the romantic side of flowers and the mystery of the Gothic and Victorian Age, creating an interesting and eclectic bond of the most beautiful of several worlds. According to you who is the ideal romantic mori girl and what is she like?
Every girl that would rather choose the calmness of nature than the deafening busyness of the city is a romantic mori girl. She is educated and enamored in the written word, prefers to enjoy the little things discarded as unimportant by many. She is calm and relaxed, aware of the world around her, curious with the senses wide open, but she is not concerned or tempted by certain standards or trends. Her style is timeless, serene and feminine. The love of femininity expressed in the Victorian period dictates the line of certain pieces of clothing, thus the mori girl is in love with vintage pieces. She enjoys wearing nice textiles and above all prefers organic materials and not synthetics, she is biased to colors that crown the nature from which she draws her energy.
TM: People today have forgotten the beauty of the past traditions and the magic of old crafts. However, it appears that things start to shift in this sphere. There is a resurrected interest in the world for handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery... They have become increasingly popular due to the DIY projects. How much does Macedonian youth recognize the beauty of knitted / crocheted designs?
It is really surprising how much young people today show interest for the handmade. Here, these hand crafting techniques used for making clothes and jewelry have become a bit obsolete, while wider in the world, this trend has never subsided. In addition to this I might mention that big designer agencies like Dior, Alexander McQueen, Chanel put their signature on crocheted pieces regardless whether it is clothes, jewelry or accessories. I am happy that lately young people here, especially those that follow fashion and trends, appreciate, respect and acknowledge this type of creations. You may wonder what is so special about crocheted jewelry? Simply said, it radiates a special charm and uniqueness. The fact that it is handcrafted from organic materials makes it even more attractive and special.
TM: You offer the lovers of crocheted things a glimpse into your world, a world of creativity and fantasy which you share on your blog - Little Treasures. What treasures can people find there?
On the blog I write about everything that is in the scope of my interest and the adventures in the world of creating handmade things. I mostly like to write about my creative process, but also share DIY projects, then I love writing about my travels, I promote new and perspective designers and people from the world of art and fashion which I admire. Still, I have to admit that my blog is famous for and visited the most because of the crochet, and the most popular posts are the ones where I share free patterns and "How to Read Crochet Charts" series.
You can find the issue no.99 here.
My interview is on pgs.29-31