Prosta Kapusta is inspired by an old photo of my great aunt Nadezhda's cabbage field. My inspiration lies in the 1940s- with glamorous parties coming to an end and people going to work in the fields. The textures are inspired by worm-eaten cabbage leafs- the holes and lines and the cross-section of the cabbage. The purpose of this collection is to show how clothes can still make people feel dignified and give hope in the most difficult times.
... is a collection of fragments from Ida-Virumaa. Forever, a spectacular region in Maarjamaa - emanates from melancholy, deserted palaces, factories and panel houses that overlap with abundant cultural layers. It looks somehow beautiful and ugly at the same time.
But life is rolling there in full swing: from the panel houses to the church, from there to the cemetery and beyond, to the market- across the streets people have smiles on their faces.
The main element of the collection is a technique that I developed to mimic the peeling paint, moss and mold on the walls. The main fabric is covered with applique pieces, puff paste and foil print. Some parts are melted or burned.
The print is applied by free hand strokes which gives the patterns unique quality. The inspiration behind the headpieces stem from the onion-shaped Orthodox church domes. The purpose of “Brat Nadezhda” is to portray the beauty and pain of Ida-Virumaa and furthermore my hope towards developing this region.
Velta is a summary of stories that took place in the 90s in Eastern-Europe set in a usual panel house of Mustamäe. Main inspirations stem from my great-aunt Velta’s home and my childhood. Velta’s compositions are well thought through and have many details. They are customary to Slavic aesthetics and on the border of (un)tastefulness. I remember cheap crystal bowls lled with candy, dishes and glasses embellished with gold stripes, plaid and oral oil- cloth on the kitchen table, perfectly positioned dolls wearing socks and ribbons, and my grandmother falling asleep with her rollers on. I remember how overheated the landline was after 2-hour-long discussions about our relatives. I remember the excitement after school when I was allowed to watch Latin soap operas. I remember when Velta pushed the kitchen table next to the wall, gave me golden shoes and taught me how to dance waltz. All these memories are interpreted through modern techniques - some of the oilcloth prints are executed in digital printing on fabric. A breath of fresh air is blown to oilcloth with embroidery and decorative ribbons. The crystal bowls are mocked by silicone moulds that embellish the clothing. Gold stripes on tableware are translated into bindings, facings on pockets and other details.
This collection is portraying the street style vibe at the central market area in Tallinn where I currently live. The market area and bus stop are mainly crowded with pensioners, drunks and homeless people.
Almost every time I was at the bus stop I had a good chuckle because somebody had a humorous outfit or detail on them so I started to take pictures.
I fell in love with cliché-like tacky styling. All the old ladies have shopping bags on wheels resembling suitcases. Socks with sandals are a standard. Popular styling habits combine sporty elements such as undershirts, sneakers or jogging pants with tailored suits.
The homeless people cannot dress according to season so it is ordinary to see fur coats in the middle of summer. Their shoes are broken and their feet are visible. They carry multiple plastic trash bags where they keep their few belongings.
I used crumpled plastic bags as decorations on sneakers. The top parts of cans ended up as decorations on a cap. The collection includes textured fabrics and humorous prints because despite life's hurdles, people still have smiles on their faces.