What was the first hat you made?
I graduated from the Hungarian University of Arts and Design, specialising in Leather Accessories. For my graduation project, I designed a collection made of leather, from headwear to shoes, for an extravagant woman.
What techniques and materials do you use?
For me, technique is a tool, and that is what I am looking for in my objects. Under socialism, there was a shortage of hat materials; you had to be creative in the use of materials. I have developed a special technique with unusual materials.
Is there a tradition of hat making in Hungary?
Budapest was known for high-quality artisanal shoes, gloves and hats, but then these professions became almost extinct. Craftsmanship started to revive after the regime change in 1989. These accessories have a different kind of value, not influenced by fashion.
What is your advice for the younger milliners?
Try all kinds of materials and old and new methods, because that’s the only way to go forward. You need to know several techniques in order to find your own way. They are the tools to express yourself.