Last week I visited ArtPanther in Wexford Art Centre. It’s a first shop I started work with in Ireland and was delighted to see it in person. I was very much surprised how beautiful and cosy it is! Besides the very nice selection of the products both studios of Kate and Jonny are very inspiring. So, if you are in Wexford, you can’t miss the place, it is in the heart of the city and it looks very different.
Hey hey, so nice to come back to the blog after the long pause!
Today I’m happy to show you the project I did a while ago but just received the samples. It’s my collaboration with LA based children clothing company Quinn and Fox. This is the first design I did, which was produced as a hoodie and leggings, and the second one is to follow during the next year.
It is amazing experience to work with a company like these as well see my designs coming to live =) Click “Read More” for more photos.
My new cups are finally here, please meet the new member of the Minushka family – the KUKERI cup!
One of the many things I like in Bulgaria is the winter festival of Kukeri. These are the folklore characters that have the job to scare the winter away. This is very interested tradition which accompanies by big carnivals of people wearing scary masks and costumes. Main characters are usually bears and bulls and the huge and very heavy bells, which actors wearing during the whole festival (poor people, these bells are incredibly heavy).
It is nothing like a Halloween it is very different and less commercialized, Kukeri are still very much in a folklore culture. You can see a bit of photos that I took some time ago at one of the Kukeri festivals.
Come over the SMITHFIELD MARKET FAIR, this Sunday (Nov 23), I’ll be there between 12:00-18:00 with other great designers and makers in Generator on Smithfield Square, Dublin! The market is great – two floors of goodness!
It’s been mostly 5 months since I’m living here in Ireland. The ocean, the mountain, these gorgeous parks all over Dublin, everything is green and everywhere smells like forest. Well not exactly around the bars in the city center but this city has so many to offer to everyone here.
My latest collection of the “Purse Residents” full stories to tell about nice rainy and autumn days I spent in parks around South Dublin – Marlay Park, Cabinteely Park, Palmerston Park, Belgrave Park and many other small ones around the city. We also visited Bull Island which is just amazing place for spending a sunny day on the ocean. I hope to start visiting North part of the city much more, so far the Phoenix Park and St. Anne’s park are one of the most gorgeous parks I’ve visited.
I continue this silly project of mine. And as usual I have bunch of things in my purse, always. The only change is that we moved to Ireland and I love it here.
I’m spending lots of time visiting different beaches and parks, ah these gorgeous parks of Dublin they are so many! The ocean is a new thing to me, so beautiful and so cold but local people are happy to swim with no worries in it.
I managed to visit Longitude Festival at Marlay Park/Dublin and it was great experience and such great people all around. Irish people are so funny! My most favourite live performance was definitely by JV McMorrow and Booka Brass Band, great live music, summer and good mood.
One sweet project I was working on for One Design Week – design of a children’s bicycle, which was produced in a limited edition. Finally it made all its way from Sofia to Dublin and now my son (and I as well) are more than happy to ride it! Thank you ODW for this great opportunity!
Wish you all best rest of the summer
Remember this funny project I’ve started some months ago? Here is the “Purse Residents” – Part II.
How funny is to look back and remember all of these objects I put in my purse for some reasons, why and where I did it. Some of them started to live in my purse during the winter, some of them during great spring days or in an evening in which I found out that I need to run quickly somewhere.
I usually always keep some super small toys or balloons in my purse for “an extreme baby-calming situation”, it always works! When I need to calm down or take an attention of my little son, I just search for these toys and very often they save so much difficulties.
After I did design for windows here, I was dreaming to create a project for even bigger windows. I present you a vinyl stickers fun which I created for TEDxBG 2014 event at Bulgaria Concert Hall. The shortest exhibition I ever made – only 24 hours – because of the venue – the National Bulgarian Philharmony, an extremely conservative place (so I think it is understandable) Huge thanks to all the people who was securing the ladder while I was putting the stickers on the windows. Also thanks to Adriana Andreeva who was the greatest helper and а lover of golden dots. Thanks to Iliyan Ruzhin for the photography.
I’m not the person who often empty his bag to remove all the unnecessary things which are usually on it’s bottom. When I do it I always find some objects which remind me about the time I put them in the bag, some beautiful things or strange objects, sometimes I have some old cash receipts as well, but they are not cool enough for this post.
Most of the things I found are my children’s stuff, things from school which were entrusted to me for saving or something from my studio. Sometimes I don’t know where objects are came from but they keep living in the purse for some reasons.
I’m glad to present you a small collection of the “Purse Residents” from last months.
I think it is very important to visit old friends, even if you need to travel long and difficult trips, you’ll never regret it. Time is just passing and the happiness you can get of meeting an old buddy is unforgettable.
Last summer we got into our small car and crossed Serbia and Bosnia and finally entered the beautiful Croatia to visit our Croatian friends. Last time we saw Kristian about 7 years ago, during these years he got married to the beautiful Ljubica and now they have two adorable children. So we got together and we had a lot of good time in between sleeping babies and energetic toddlers. I remember Kristian with a long hair explaining me about anarchy and Serbo-Croatian war, now I saw him as a sweetest family man, just his old t-shirts still remind me about his punk boots and a beer in every pocket.
Last weekend I opened an exhibition in one of my most favourite city – Plovdiv/Bulgaria.
Artnewscafe invited me to create something with the collection “Palechki“, the place is quite unique and social but not very big, however it has huge windows, so I decided to use windows as the main part of the exhibition.
I definitely would like to develop more this type of work in the future, it feels very interesting.
The collection includes textile, porcelain, posters and a tape. The forms of the cups are made especially for the collection, the porcelain production process is so much worth it! For the textile is used high quality screen printing.
I’m happy to present you something I was working on during last few months – this is the new collection for Minushka, called “Palechki“.
This collection is s very special one for me, because of its personality. I made it after I read Elif Sharak’s book “Black milk”. In the book Elif speaks to her inner thumbelinas during changes in her life, a transformation from one state of mind to another.
“Palechki” means – “Thumbelinas”, and this collection is a small illustration of my own inner thumbelinas. All of them, sad and smart, fun and silly, scary and dreamy, creative and caring.
Yesterday I was photographing a general repetition of the new play of Ida Daniel “Dance for Sound”.
It was incredible! And if you are interested in a modern theatre and you live in Sofia you should definitely see the spectacle!
Today and tomorrow at studio Suspacious (13, 6 September str)
It was my first time at Kuker Festival in Bulgaria.
Seems like this year Kukeri really scared the winter, because we are having a spring time here in Sofia, amazing how people react to this unexpected sun in February, everybody and everything is outside. As one friend of mine described it – we are like snakes out of our holes