A creator of plant installations, György Zsigmond shares more than a genetic connection with his sibling, Dora. Their upbringing in the village of Alap has always been a shared inspiration in their respective fields. Yet György’s journey to finding his creative outlet in plants was not something he planned. In his creative process, thoughts and ideas accumulate until they take shape – there is no on and off mode.
When it comes to installation, it was graduating as a landscape architect that gave him a different perspective. He started thinking in space with borders and objects that exist organically together to tell a story. And in the middle of that space are plants. “They are always the starting point. I don’t force plants into a form, it is the plant’s nature that determines the composition.” As a collector, György often incorporates old ceramics into his installations. His attraction to old objects lies in the connection they inspire between the item and its viewer. Looking at something from the past, you subconsciously recall fragments of pictures, thoughts, ideas and memories that your mind attributes to it. “When that happens, it is no longer an object.”
Over the years, György had a significant influence on Dora’s attitude to garment making. As someone who never compromises on comfort, György acted as a reminder as to how people in real life wear clothes: how they shove their hands into their pockets or how the colour of the lining shows when putting on a jacket. For György, it is the thought behind each item that sets apart designer pieces from mass-produced ones, but the idea is not enough if the quality is not there – it is quality and comfort that will make someone reach for an item time after time.
György chose the REMADE collection’s ORDAS coat made from a generation-old velvet fabric. The same way as his collection of old ceramics, ORDAS coat sets off his imagination. “There’s a story attached to the fabric. I know which village it comes from, in which factory it was made, what kind of people wore it and for what occasions. It makes it more than just a textile.” As befit to his usual black uniform, György wore dark charcoal HARTA pants, a drop crotch design made of thick crepe de chine and finished with gritty, hand painted cuffs.
GUBA scarf, worn by Dora, is a zero-waste piece handcrafted from the brand’s own production waste. Part of the REMADE collection, it is made by old women in a small village in the Hungarian countryside – a reflection on Dora’s dedication to local and ethical production. Over the waxed cotton ZÁDOR pants, Dora wore the loose cut, wool KARTAL cardigan with blanket embroidery and hand painted details.
photo _ Zsófia Bodnár