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As you probably know, I spent quite a few days in eastern Slovakia in March this year. But it wasn't just this year; also years before. Every time I came to the East, I began to discover new and new directions, and each of them moved me somewhere, but I often reached a dead end. Whenever I was told in museum depositories, "unfortunately, we don't have anything more," or the mayors of the villages rebuffed me with, "there were never folk costumes in our village, I've lived here for over 60 years, and I don't remember any folk costume", my curiosity grew. Initially, I approached the Eastern theme in the same way as before; I went for it visually. But after some time, I found out that this approach leads nowhere. I changed it and began approaching the Eastern theme from the point of view of culture. For the first time, I asked questions that were not related to folk costumes but culture, and suddenly new, and new doors began to open. And the proverbial saying "there is nothing in the east" is, my dear, far from true. There is something in the East, and it is not just anything. There is so much that we had to divide the limited pick into four selections because we couldn't fit it into one small collection. Under the "Eastern Epos" project, you will find 4 different locations from eastern Slovakia whose folk costumes inspired us to create 4 different limited collections that we will gradually introduce to you from September to December. I can't wait for you to see them.
Some say that "less is more," and we dare to oppose it. Anyone who feels our roots with their heart, who admires the work of generations of women before us, must know that "more is always more." Creating beautiful, colorful, richly decorated costumes in a time of absolute poverty, being so connected to nature that you transfer a meadow of flowers to your own garment, embroidering in candlelight in the dark with hands tired from hard physical labor. Those are our roots we study and cherish so much that they inspire us while creating new contemporary jewelry. You won't find minimalism, geometry, or shapes without the substance in the "Eastern Epos." We don't create simple things. We are always moving forward, looking for depth and creating a new design anchored firmly in the ground. Just as no flower can ever bloom without roots in the ground, our creations cannot arise without inspiration.
„I'd had this colorful folk costume from Vyšné Ružbá picked out for a long time. But as with most of the inspirations for my work, I wanted to come and see the folk costume in person, to feel the nature and atmosphere of the place where people once wore such beautifully embroidered costumes. This summer, in Vyšné Ružbachy, unexpectedly, a big dream came true: not only I got to dress in a folk costume (it's already a huge honor) but also both my girls. The folk costume is truly gorgeous, but even more beautiful were the people who gratefully showed me their collection, for which I am very thankful to them. Everything I experience on my journeys for inspiration is stored within me and, sooner or later, always shows up in my work. In the case of jewelry inspired by the Ruzbaš folk costume, I could not avoid its richness, which reflects in every jewelry piece.“
Harmony, freedom, and variety - that's how you can describe a view of a meadow full of flowers showing all the colors of the world. Every single flower has its place of honor in the meadow, and in harmony with the other flowers, they form a beautiful colorful panorama. All of that is also represented by our new pieces of jewelry from the Eastern Epos, inspired by the folk costume from the village of Vyšné Ružbachy.
The sweet scent of roses and peonies. That is what the transformation of the original ornament from a folk costume of the village Hudcovce into its current form through jewelry can also be.