An Interview with Matilda Janosi of TildArt (Part One)

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work.

I was born and grew up in Transylvania. It is a different life there. There are eco-fashion designers. It was a part of my life. I grew up with it around me. I found it important. I moved from Transylvania from Budapest, Hungary in 2006. In 2009, I started TildArt.

Matilda Janosi

Matilda Janosi

I had works showing Budapest. I always find fabric, which can be recycled. One of my collections was from vinyl records, movie strips, and recycling fabrics. In 2012, I moved to London.

It is a fashion center of the world and a fashion city. I went here without knowing the English language. I came here without knowing it. I needed to learn to take advantage of the opportunities.

One friend that does the rickshaw bike. It is a tricycle with the passenger sitting in the backseat, which can seat 3 or 4 people. When I arrived to London without English language or money, I started to ride the rickshaw.

(Laughs)

It was a bit difficult at times. I was in the city. After I get used to the it and the English language, it was interesting. I met a lot of interesting people. I found my main show piece through a bicycle inner tube.

With my new collection, I hand wove together and put things together with different techniques. There are bicycle inner tubes put together. I changed the fabric. I changed the fabric into luxury or quality fabrics, which I combined together.

With recycled products, they are cheaper, made faster, and so on. I started my studio in London in 2014. I decided to do something different than it with recycled products. It looks luxury and feels that way, too.

Before, when I did the rickshaw, I had a work in Hungary. I applied to different events. I applied to the Vancouver fashion show week. They invited me. It was my first big event. Everybody loved my collection. I brought two. One from bicycle inner tubes.

Another from movie strips. When I opened he studio, I decided that the fabric would be high quality or luxury. There are many handmade products from me. I use handmade oils and new technology like a laser cutter, for instance.

My buyers are more North Americans and people from London. I decided to go back to Vancouver to do the next show with a different collection, not simply a recycling eco-luxury. It was a wonderful time.

Tildart eco fashion week

Eco Fashion Week 7th Edition – TildArt by Jánosi Matilda

I had a lot of interest. I had sales. It is a really, really nice event. I really think it is like 100 staff members that organize the events into perfection. I really enjoy the event, especially bringing the collection.

Everything is working to bring my dream come true, and it’s coming true. I am rally enjoyed being there. From Vancouver, I went to Los Angeles. I found Los Angeles buyers as well. I make private sales occasionally, too.

I went to the New York. I had an exhibition at the trade show. This is the next level of selling products for the business. Also, I will have work showing in Australia on October 8. When I came back from New York, I have to leave to Australia, which means a lot going

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping and gardening, and runs In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal.

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