"Perfect is closely related to the monotonous and conformist, and it is the division between the defect and the perfect where the interesting occurs."
OLGA & ROK
What are your roots? Where are you from?
We are based in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and a former Yugoslav republic. Slovenia is situated in south-eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula and is bordered by Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Each of those countries have influenced Slovenian tradition, culture and art in many ways. There is a very rich and colorful cultural life not only in the country’s major towns, but basically in every corner of Slovenia. The education system in Slovenia is almost fully financed by the state budget, which means the only limitation to enter an art school is your way of creativity.
Where do you find your inspiration? Tell us about your collections and share your story.
We like finding inspiration in things that are far from fashion. Each collection has its own story; the latest one called Lucid Dreams was inspired by Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and his statement, "We are asleep. Our life is a dream. But we wake up, sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming." It is made by 3D printing technology and combined with metal details, and was presented at Paris Fashion Week last September.
A big inspiration for our Winter Garden collection was the poetry of Pablo Neruda (Winter Garden) and nature itself. The collection was made in collaboration with China-based designer Masha Ma taking part in the official Paris Fashion Week schedule. We restricted our romanticist’s imagination to a few elements: icy roses, snow drops, twigs and leafs. The designs were interlacing complexity, firmness, high quality cords with myriad surface structures, employing a lightweight material (polyamide) by 3D-printing technology on a Pro60 machine, with the technique of selective laser sintering, which means that earrings hang effortlessly, mapping natural shadows across the face. Rather than pieces of jewelry, the collection contains individual works of art, it evokes deep symbolism and psychological associations.
In the past we were also exploring the human body and our »Inside Out« collection is all about our internal beauty; we were playing with the forms that are under the skin. In order not to forget what we are made of, in order not to forget who we are. The human heart became a jewelry piece worn around the neck, at the very spot where the real heart beats. And the ribs body-piece as armor for a too sensitive heart.
What is your creative process: do you sketch at first, listen particular music, collaborate with other artists, etc?
The process is divided between ideas, research and drawing design on the computer. In this process you have to have a clear vision and insight into how the end product will look like. The spatial perspective is essential. When the 3D model is finally made and you can physically touch it, the outcome is always a bit of a surprise, in a good way, and sometimes in a bad way. For the concept or quality of craftsmanship, it is all about the concept. In this 3D technology the rest is done by the machine. The trick is to use the technology and the machine that suit the design, the rest is easy and the outcome is perfection. With constant development of this technology and newer and newer materials that can be used, it is on us to come up with better and better concepts.
Your artistic statement.
Our work takes inspiration from contemporary art, sculpture, painting, street art motifs as well as metropolis and nature. Especially nature and wild creatures have a major influence on our jewelry designs. We make use of a variety of materials from acrylic glass to metal and ceramics – combining multiple materials and techniques. Recently we have been exploring new technologies, in particular 3D printing, but we still strive for our designs to have organic rather than techno/mathematical feeling.
Where do you shop for your fabrics and other materials?
We don’t have a problem with shopping, the beauty of 3d printing is that you print your own products/materials. Material we use is the biocompatible polyamide powder which is suitable for the design we make in 3d program.
Do you have favorite artists, designers, scientists, writers, politician etc?
Big part of our design process is the story behind it. We find the stories through philosophers, writers, poets and nature. It depends on the concept of the collection; it is a big support while structuring our ideas.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
We see ourselves rigorously pursuing new technologies and materials which are discovered as we speak and incorporating it in our designs and maintaing our design language.
Your favorite quote.
Perfect is closely related to the monotonous and conformist, and it is the division between the defect and the perfect where the interesting occurs.
What moves you?
A glass of good of wine and a good company.
Do you have a favorite cafe in your city? Where do you shop for food and fashion?
Local farmer market in Ljubljana is a great place for food shopping, while great Slovenian designers for clothes are found in the Squat collective (www.squat.si). We often sit down for a drink in small cosy bar in the old city center named Tozd.
Your favorite place on Earth. Your dream place.
Rok: I love big city trips, New York is one of my favorites for getting some visual inputs and ideas. For more relaxed escape I love Cape Town, South Africa.
Olga: everything that is related with water: oceans, sea, lakes, rivers, ponds, puddle and rain drops...
What can make Earth a better place in terms of environment?
Just remember that every single thing you do makes an effect!
If you had an opportunity what would you change about the world?
Influence more people to take care about the environment; less carbon imprint, using biodegradable materials, recycling…
Your wishes to Fab Ego.
May you always be at the right place at the right time!
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