What kind of material you like to work with the most and do they have a specific impact on your garment pieces?
I work mostly with natural fabrics. I like when fabric breathes because then it performs the best on the body, becoming an integral part of it. I enjoy manipulating textiles. I use various techniques of dyeing, embellishments, embroidery, fabric collages, and felting. I never fully know what the outcome will be, and I guess I like that uncertainty. I think natural textiles are the most beautiful and sophisticated, and in most cases, some manipulation might only bring out that beauty even more. On the other hand, natural fabric requires patience and, sometimes, openness to an outcome different than originally expected. It's not plastic, and it will not always bend as you like, so draping skills matter. It just feels more organic, and as does the final garment.
“I like when fabric breathes because then it performs the best on the body, becoming an integral part of it. I enjoy manipulating textiles.”
Does the degree of MA in Journalism and Social Communication helped you become a better designer?
Definitely, as I said before, it gave me the storytelling skills that I use all the time. It also taught me to listen and run a conversation, which I think is very important if you want to be a designer in the long run. I believe that every collection starts with emotions, and to capture that emotion that you want to follow and transfer it into a garment is the artistic part of being a designer. There is also a business part of it, and for that, my MA in Marketing and Management, combined with my working experience, come to an equally important place. Once, at Parsons, we had a student meeting with Piotrek Panszczyk, cofounder of Area. I remember him saying that it's important for a designer to learn other things besides fashion, like economics and business. No matter if you work for someone or build your own brand. I couldn't agree more.
How would you like to be pictured in your target minds?
Bold. ‘Be bold’ - I've heard that advice so many times that it started to be my mantra. I would definitely like to be recognized for the style I represent, but most of all, I would like to be seen as professional, reliable, and real. I would simply want them to feel empowered and beautiful for the clients who would choose my clothes.
“I would definitely like to be recognized for the style I represent, but most of all, I would like to be seen as professional, reliable, and real.’.”
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