'...there was a furious struggle to rise heavenward and for long years I have been carving flights. I don't sculpt birds, but their essence, their spirit...the soar, the flight...' - Constantin Brâncuşi
Throughout the design development stages, I was predominantly influenced by artists that can be described as storytellers. Their capacity of using symbols in order to convey an abstract concept and their distinctive vision in decoding the essential – are a fundamental source of inspiration. In my creative process, I aim to build a poetic, idyllic atmosphere, that is talking about ephemerality and simplicity as a complex form of expression.
The concept of Maiastra started by investigating sculptures belonging to Modernist artists. The sculptural forms identified in the works of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Constantin Brancusi were reinterpreted through pattern cutting and the use of fabric, in order to create lightness in movement and a feeling of weightlessness. The mood of the collection was shaped by Amadeo Modigliani’s carved, elongated figure and Sarah Moon’s ethereal aesthetics – outlining a romantic, fragile and quite melancholic approach. The muse was further informed by Maiastra, the mystical bird of Romanian folklore, from which the collection took its name. The legend is describing a bird of rare nobility and grace, which is able to spread a heavenly light and give back the youth to the fortunate few who heard its gentle, harmonious song.
Inspired by the sculptures created by the artists mentioned above and their method of leaving gaps where things should be – I tried to convey their rounded shapes by cutting a large piece of organza, following the exact outline of one of Henry Moore’s sculptures. Then, I draped it on the stand as a continuous pattern piece and started to place the volumes created on different parts of the body, in order to obtain various silhouettes. The asymmetrical, fluid shapes resulted were combined with the idea of graphic lines, translated into a series of fabric manipulation trials – out of which the shirring technique on elastic tulle was chosen to be used on the final pieces.