I'm having the time of my life
I started with refashioning of vintage clothing, and I really enjoyed this one of a kind garment creation. While doing this, I discovered so-called 'deadstock' (new waste such as industrial cut offs, production excess, etc). This is my major supply for my work now, and since I live close to sources, I am planning to use this advantage as much as possible. Fashion industry and fabric production within it are creating enormous amounts of unnecessary waste. Even with issues as production itself (for example coloring/dyeing fabrics often in environmentally and health non-friendly materials), at the end of the chain we have good materials considered as 'unwanted' (production excess, extra stock in warehouses which needs to be disposed to make room for new season, etc). I obtain these from local small businesses. Variety and randomness of available fabrics make it challenging to create collections in one tone, but through all garments I am expressing myself and that should be unifying aspect of my work.
Each garment in my shop is designed and made by me. Child in 80's, teenager in 90's - these two decades obviously influenced me the most. The big inspiration was and still is my mum. I remember in flashes her wearing all sorts of colorful and unique designs, tailored by family tailor to her designs. She was always a way ahead of fashion trends and was known for being very classy, feminine, different, being a stylish lady.
All this contributed somehow to what like myself - feminine, colorful garments, different to what you can see on streets. It is hard to describe my style, except that it is really MY style. Still progressing and developing skills at all stages of my work, I dream of running successful sustainable fashion label for affordable prices.
I grew up in communist and post-communist Slovakia (Czechoslovakia), where it was normal (or rather necessary) to grow your own vegetables, cook own meals, make most of household jobs yourself. If you wanted to have different clothes, you had to make them yourself. I had my first sewing machine when I was 12 and started to make my own clothes, but looking back I have to smile on those creations. I still have some of them, and I think I will keep them forever, just to remind myself how passionate I was already back then.
After I finished my masters in Slovakia, and after my gap year in Israel and Egypt, I moved to UK, where I studied and worked for 6 years. When I was starting to think about going back home, I met my husband and moved with him to the Netherlands, where we currently live.
Living in Western Europe right before crisis had a huge impact on me. Growing up in modest lifestyle, first I was enthusiastic about all available - from food to clothes, name it. I myself was part of shopping mass buying more then we could bear. One day, moving my house, I found myself with over 300kg of mine own clothing and shoes. Looking at boxes, I realized this was not me, this was not what I was thought and I could feel my connection with values I was led to was loose. I missed that. Suddenly I started to see things differently.