Interview with Elīna Ceiča (*madmouse-el designer) | Lattitude Blog

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This time we have something totally different to show, it is an interview with latvian designer Elīna Ceiča (*madmouse-el). She was kind enough to answer 12 of our questions. If you want to read the interview in English, scroll down! :)




Sveiki!

Šoreiz mums ir sagatavots kaut kas citādāks nekā parasti, tā ir intervija ar Elīnu Ceiču (*madmouse-el). Te nu būs mūsu jautājumi un atbildes uz tiem: 

1) Kas tevi iedvesmo?


Audumi. Tos es varu pirkt tonnām. Ieraugu audumu un uzreiz redzu, ko no tā šūšu. Agrāk vai
vēlāk noteikti no tā kas uztop, tāpēc audumus, kas nopirkti pirms 3 gadiem un pat ne reizi neliekas
aktuāli, nekad nemetu ārā, tie vienmēr atrod savu modeli.


2) Kāpēc izvēlējies modes dizainu?

Manī mutuļo radošums. Man katru dienu jāizdara, kas radošs. Jāuztaisa kāda kolāža no fashion 
magazine bildēm, vai kāda bilde jānofotografē, kurai varu gatavoties stundu, kamēr dabūju to
īsto kadru, vai, protams, jāuzšuj kas. Esmu sapratusi, ka rokas tā ir zelta lieta un ja spēj, ko
sakarīgu ar tām izdarīt, tad ir jādara! Tomēr kura meitene gan negribētu kaut mazliet kaut ko 
darīt saistībā ar modi. Tā padara mūs sievišķīgas un man tas der! 



A photo posted by Elina Ceica (@elina.ceica) on


3) Ko tu uzskati par saviem 3 lielākajiem sasniegumiem (modes jomā)?

Tas, ka darbojos jau septīto gadu un radu kolekcijas ir mans lielākais sasniegums priekš sevis,
jo daru savu darbu, kas man patīk un tas vairs pat nav darbs, tā ir mana dzīve, pašsaprotama
dzīves sastāvdaļa. Ir bijušas modes skates, ir rakstījuši blogeri par mani, un neskaitāmas
fotosesijas. Tas man šķiet jau ir kaut kāds sasniegums Latvijas robežās.


4)Kur Tu strādā vislabāk - Latvijā vai ārzemēs?

Šķiet Vācijā, jo te man ir liela, gaiša darbistaba, varu pamatīgi izplesties, un pa logu redzu kalnu
ar mežu un dažreiz stirnas. Ja spīd saule veru vaļā logu un sauļojos, un strādāju. Darbistaba,
kura visiem gadalaikiem ir patīkama, un kas gan varbūt iedvesmojošāks


5) Vai Tu ikdienā pārsvarā valkā tikai savas drēbes, vai tomēr izvēlies valkāt citas drēbes? 

Savas drēbes īsti ikdienā nemaz nevaru uzvilkt, jo pavadu laiku savā darbistabā, kurā man ir
mugurā visērtākais kas pieejams, man daudz jāliecas, jāgriež, būtu smieklīgi sēdēt pie
šujmašīnas kleitā. Bet uz svētkiem, gan esmu uzvilkusi šo to no pašas uzšūtā.




6) Ko tu nekad nevalkātu/nešūtu?

Nekad nevar teikt nevilktu, modē viss nāk atpakaļ un ja šodien uzrakstīšu, ka nekad nevilkšu
kļošenes, tad nākamgad noteikti tās pēkšņi parādīsies manā garderobē. Ko nekad nešūtu?
Šķiet vīriešu apģērbu.


7) Ko Tu vēl neesi radījusi, bet gribētu pamēģināt? (piemēram, līgavas kleita)

Ir bijuši vairāki jautājumi par kāzu kleitām, vai tās šuju, es atteicos, nav īsti mana niša. Bet tad saņēmu vēstuli no sievietes, kura vēlējās vilkt kāzās manu modeli, kurš sastāv no svārkiem ar banti un topu, kurš viss izgriezts no puķēm. Šuvām no bēša zīda un rezultāts sanāca fantastisks. Tajā brīdī sajutos diezgan vareni, ka varu apģērbt arī līgavu.
Tomēr gribētu radīt kādu Haute Couture kleitu, pie kuras esmu strādājusi ilgi un smagi, pārsvarā ar
rokām ko izšujot, tas man būtu milzīgs sasniegums, un noteikti to izdarīšu, jo tas ir manā
plānā.



8) Vai esi mēģinājusi šūt arī drēbes vīriešiem?

Mēģināju šūt bikses vienreiz, nekā nesanāca. Atmetu ar roku, nav mans. Šī starp citu ir varen
brīva niša Latvijā, jo vismaz reizi mēnesī saņemu vēstuli no kāda, prasot vai šuju arī vīriešiem un kad pasaku, ka nē, ir jūtama vilšanās. Tā kā uz priekšu jaunieši, vīriešiem arī vajag skaistas drēbes. 


9) Kā tu apvieno modes dizainu & privāto dzīvi? Vai tie viens otram netraucē?

Strādāju mājās, vai tā ir Latvija vai Vācija. Vislabāk, protams, darbs sokas, kad neviena nav
mājās, bet apkārtējie mani respektē, saprot, ka darbs paliek darbs un tas jādara kārtīgi un bez
uzmanības novēršanas.


10) Kā Tu plāno fotosesijas?

Maz plānoju, idejas pēkšņi rodas vienā dienā, vajag un ir. Ar nopietnākiem fotogrāfiem gan tā
nesanāks, tur mēs tiekamies, runājam par lietu un tikai tad daram. Man patīk foto sesijas uztvert kā
foršu draugu kopā sanākšanu ar smiekliem un jautrību, dažreiz arī kādu šampīti, jo mēs svinam,
vēl vienu kolekciju, kura nodota skatītājiem, jo pēc tam vairs nav laika svinēt, tad ir jāķeras klāt
pie nākamās un jātirgo iepriekšējā.


11) Kā Tu domā, vai ir būtiski sekot modes tendencēm, studēt modes vēsturi? Vai vienkārši 
jāražo tas, ko pats labprāt valkātu?

Jānēsā tas, kas patīk. Nekad tā īsti neesmu sekojusi modei. Mode pati atnāk pie manis. Redzu
veikalā, patīk, ņemu. Man ir modes vēstures grāmatas, tās pašķirstu, kad rodas noskaņojums uz
lasīšanu, ja gribu, ko palasīt, tad tā ir mode un viss, kas ap to, romānus nelasu. ☺ Es šuju
drēbes, kuras, labprāt nēsātu ikdienā, bet nesanāk, jo nevaru sevi iedomāties sēžot ikdienā pie
šujmašīnas kuplos svārkos un blūzē ar banti. Mans stils pašreiz ir skandināvu klasiskais, patīk
pelēks, melns, balts, zils, pasteļtoņi – tā ir mana ikdiena.


A photo posted by Elina Ceica (@elina.ceica) on

12) Apraksti savu ikdienu! :)

Pašreiz esmu Vācijā. Tikko ienākusi istabā no ziemas baudīšanas pagalmā. Mums ar draugu ir
divi Pārsona rassela terjeri, ar tiem var ārā pamatīgi izdauzīties pa sasnigušajām kupenām. Vēl
pirms nedēļas biju Latvijā, tur arī bija ziema, kad braucu prom, žēl bija, ka jāatvadās no ziemas,
jo kā zināms Vācijā ziema kā tāda nav, bet atbraucu un ir, un es baudu.  Tā arī apmēram sākas
mana diena, lēnām ar kafiju un tad, protams, ķeros klāt darbiem. Mana darbistaba ir gaiša ar īstu
koka grīdu, tādā istabā ieejot nevar nerasties iedvesma. 



[ENGLISH version]

1) What inspires you?

Fabrics. I can buy tons of those. Sooner or later it will become something, therefore fabrics that I have bought 3 years ago I would never throw out, because they will always find their purpose.



2) Why did you choose fashion design?

There is a lot of creative energy within me. Every day I have to create something. It can be a collage made out of fashion magazines, or taking a photo, that can take an hour till I get the right shot, and of course sewing. I have realised that hands are something very valuable, and if we can create something valued with them, then we should do it! I think every girl would like to do something in connection with fashion, it is feminine, and it suits me well! 



3) What do you consider to be your top 3 achievements (in fashion)?

The fact that I am designing and creating collections already for 7 years is my biggest achievement. The job I do is something I like, it is not even a job anymore, it is a part of my life. Also there have been fashion shows with my designs, bloggers have been writing about me, uncountable number of photo sessions have happened. I believe it is an achievement in scale of Latvia.


4) Where do you work the best - in Latvia or abroad?

It seems in Germany, because here I have big, bright workroom, where I can lay out everything. Through the window I see a hill with a forest, sometimes deers. If the sun is shining, then I open the window, sun bathe and work. Workroom, which is pleasant in every season, is the most inspirational.


5) Do you mainly wear your own design clothes or you prefer to wear something else? 

My own clothes practically I can't wear everyday, because I spend my time mostly in the workroom, bending over, slicing, sewing, and it would be funny to do all of that in a short dress. Therefore for work the best option is something very comfy, but for celebrations I choose to wear something of my own collections.


6) What would you never wear/sew?


Never say never, in fashion everything comes back, and if I say today I would never wear bell bottoms, then probably a year later they would suddenly appear in my closet. What would I never sew? Probably, menswear.


7) What haven't you designed, but would like to try? (e.g. wedding dress)

I have received many requests for sewing a wedding dress, but I always decline them, because it is not really my style. But then I received a message from a woman who wanted a skirt and a top all covered with hand cut flowers for a wedding. Then I said yes, and sew the costume from a beige silk and it looked fantastic. I felt very accomplished in that moment knowing I can dress a bride.
Also I would like to try sewing Haute Couture dress, which I would put a lot of time and effort into, mostly sewing by hand. It would be a huge achievement, and I know I would definitely do it, because it is in my plan.




8) Have you tried sewing clothes for men?

I tried sewing pants one time, it didn't work out. I let it be that way, cause it was not for me. by the way mens fashion in Latvia is very open niche, every month I receive a message, asking if i do menswear, and when I say no, I can hear some disappointment. So young designers go for it, men need beautiful clothing, too. 


9) How do you combine work & personal life? Do they compete with each other?

I work at home, both in Latvia and Germany. Of course the best situation is when no one is at home, bet people around me respect me and understand that work has to be uninterrupted and done neatly.


10) How do you plan photo sessions?

I don't plan much, ideas appear instantly in one day, I need to make one and I just do it. If I am shooting with more serious photographers, then it is different, we meet up and talk and only then do the shoot. I like to look at photo sessions as fun gatherings with friends, with laughter, fun, sometimes a bottle of sparkling wine, because we are celebrating that one collection is finished, and that there wont be time for celebrating because the next collection must be started and the older collections must be sold.


11) Do you think it is important to follow fashion trends and know the fashion history? Or simply it is more important to create, something you would like to wear?

One must wear what they like. I have never really followed fashion. It always finds me. If I see something I like in the shop, I grab it. I have fashion history books and I like to browse them when the mood comes. If I want to read, then it is about fashion, definitely not novels. I sew clothes, that I would like to wear casually , but it is a little bit difficult to do that, because I can't imagine myself sitting in front of the sewing machine with fluffy skirt and a blouse with a big bow. My personal style at the moment is Scandinavian classic, I like black, grey, white, blue and pastel tones - that's my everyday life.



12) Describe your everyday life! 

At the moment I am in the Germany. Just came inside from enjoying the winter outdoors. Me and my boyfriend have two Parson Russel terriers, and with them it is possible to go crazy in those freshly made heaps of snow. A week ago I was in Latvia, where the winter is full on, and it was sad to leave, because it would mean to say goodbye to winter, too. As we all know there is no such thing as winter in Germany, but fortunately, it was here, when I arrived, I am enjoying it now! ☺  This is approximately how my day starts, slowly with a cup of coffee, and then I get to work. My workspace is bright with genuine wood floor, entering this room there is a lot of inspiration. ☺ 

Find Elīna Ceiča here:

facebook
facebook page
instagram and madmouse-el instagaram profiles
blog

Photos: Andra Krēsliņa and Elīna Ceiča



Thanks, Elīna, for amazing interview with us Lattitude and we wish you great success in the future!

xoxo,

Andra Krēslina & Annija Šreitmane
Lattitude.lv - Fashion and Lifestyle blog

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