Lifestyle – Im Gespräch

Indigo clutch (c) Botanika
Indigo clutch (c) Botanika

FESCH’MARKT Interview: Botanika

13. Juni 2016 • Im Gespräch

Im Gespräch mit Sara Hajgato

Am 17. 18. und 19. Juni wird es wieder so richtig fesch! Denn der FESCH’MARKT öffnet wieder seine Pforten. Zwei Tage lang werden 200 Aussteller aus In- und Ausland kreative Designs, außergewöhnliche Materialien und originelle Ideen in Form von Mode, Schmuck, Accessoires, Kunst und Produktdesigns präsentieren. Wir haben ein paar Aussteller interviewt, die diesmal dabei sein werden.


Heute stellen wir euch Sara Hajgato vor, die das Label Botanika führt.


Bitte stelle dich kurz vor: Wer bist du, in welchem Bereich bist du tätig?
I am a textile dyer and artisan with a keen focus on organic and sustainable design, I work with natural dyes to colour the fabrics that form the basis of my designs which include garments and soft goods such as scarves, bags, clutches and accessories.


Quereinsteiger, Hobby oder Berufung?
For me my work is a way of life, ever since I have discovered the organic way of dyeing textiles I have been living in a closer connection with nature, following the natural change in seasons, observing the plant life around me which allows me to experiment and practice my art all year round.

Botanika (c) Boglar Peruzzi

Botanika (c) Boglar Peruzzi

Was macht dein Produkt aus?
I use 100% natural fabrics to create my designs, including linen, cotton and silk. I dye the fabrics in a range of natural dyestuffs, some that I grown myself; in my current collection I focus on three classic dye plants: madder, indigo and weld. I love traditional techniques such as the Japanese art of resist dyeing: shibori to create patterns during the dyeing process. I have also begun to hand-weave on a traditional loom to even create the fabric for the scarves in my collection. After the pieces are dyed I create designs that are easy-to-wear, casual yet feminine.


Woher kommen deine Inspirationen?
I am constantly inspired by nature to try new dye materials and discover the dye potential of local fauna. In addition I do a lot of research into traditional ethno-botany and folk culture, as for the designs I like to create long-lasting and not trend-focused pieces, that can don’t pose restrictions on the wearer either in terms of comfort, age or body shape.


Wer sind deine Stilikonen?
I have many friends whose personal style is an inspiration, being authentic and having an individual voice is what I find truly attractive in a person. As for major designers, the design aesthetic of Yohji Yamamoto is a big favourite.


Dein Lieblingsoutfit?
I love layered dressing, and loose, casual outfits, so for me a pair of wide-leg indigo-dyed culottes with some layers like a tank and a top in silk in soft harmonious pastel colours on top, and some comfortable sandals is the perfect summer outfit.


Nachhaltigkeit? Bewusstes Leben? Wie passt dein Produkt in diese Ideologie?
Sustainability and promoting a conscious life both in term of choices as a consumer and as a person living in this world today are both key factors in my work. I think everyone must take their part in doing what they can for the environment, to minimise waste, to save resources. These are all ideas that have a place in my work, I use local resources as much as possible, I save on water and energy during the dye process, and I strive to create pieces that can be worn season after season. I use a range of vintage scissors restored by my partner and the vessels I use during the dye process are also mostly older objects that have been given a new purpose in life.


Was ist dein momentaner Lieblingsblog?
I love reading the articles on Australian blog: all about the different aspects of people living and working with plants.

Plant dyed scarves (c) Botanika

Plant dyed scarves (c) Botanika

Was sind deine Träume, Wünsche, Ziele? Kannst du momentan von deiner Arbeit Leben oder finanzierst du dich über einen Zweitjob?
I hope to spread a little awareness through my work, I teach a lot of workshops where people can experience the wonders of natural dyeing and hopefully this has an impact on their later consumer choices. My dream is to move to the country and live and work in a completely natural environment.


Gibt es einen bestimmten Gedanken hinter deiner Arbeit?
see above


Deine Arbeit in einem Satz?
Design in cooperation with nature, exploring the alchemy of botanical colour.


Mode und Kunst – das Gleiche oder nicht? Warum?
I think fashion and art definitely overlap, I consider myself an artisan, an intermediary between the two fields, creating fashion items through an artistic approach.


Wien als internationale Mode/Designmetropole – möglich? Was muss passieren?
Absolutely. I think education is a key factor, both in raising a new generation of talented designers who are the basis of an emerging Fashion Capital as well as educating the public and increasing interest and awareness in both fashion and design. Cooperation, funding, promotion, new initiatives and events are also vital in providing opportunities for the talented designers that can make this happen.


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