Art, paper, scissors
Bea Szenfeld, has always felt an urge to express herself through different types of mediums and materials. She is a trained potter, cutter and fashion designer and has done her trainee at Stella McCartney’s. But she felt out of place working with fashion, and experienced that she came too far away from what she actually loved.
– After my training and education in fashion and design, I started my own brand of clothes, says Bea Szenfeld. But I noticed after some time that the majority of my time was spent on dealing and trading with textiles, or with marketing – and that was not my forte. I love design, and I love the human body. So I started doing some small projects on the side, where I had a more artistic approach to the human form and figure. That is when I began to do clothes in other material than fabric. And I noticed that when I did a dress out of salad or pasta, the focus shifted from “can I get this in another size?” to “oh, this is design – a new way of dressing the body and contouring silhouettes!”.
During this period, Szenfeld describes, she did many trials and errors with different materials, but quite soon discovered the simplicity with paper.
– I did some tests in paper, and thought “this is too good to be true!”, Bea Szenfeld laughs. It was incredibly simple, and paper is such a beautiful material. It's such an easy job, once you play in its league. Once you have learned paper, it is truly so gratifying!