Nella mente del designer: Ilze Godlevskis

Il design è quello che permette al nostro mondo di non essere insipido, è quella cosa che permette alle persone di esprimere la propria essenza.

Questa è la considerazione con cui introduciamo Ilze Godlevskis, una designer emergente che dal Canada si è trasferita a Londra insieme all’amore per i filati, in quanto “da filati semplici sono stata in grado di creare i miei tessuti e le forme che ho scelto”. 

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Dopo aver concluso gli studi al Central Saint Martins College Of Arts And Design, l’opportunità è stata quella di giungere a Milano presso una magliaia 73enne.


Il lavoro di Ilze si ispira a oggetti di uso quotidiano, a pensieri, a suggerimenti da parte degli amici e da parte delle esperienze di vita: parte dalla macchina tessitrice e da lì prende forma in un’esperienza unica che viene vissuta anche da coloro che entrano in contatto con le sue installazioni, generando per ciascuno una reazione diversa, personale e intima.

Ilze si sofferma su una riflessione dedicata a tutti coloro che intendono far parte della grande famiglia dei designer: la gente deve percepire qualcosa grazie al vostro lavoro, sia una reazione positiva o negativa – non importa, deve essere percepita una connessione che possa poi influenzare la loro vita. Bisogna “far finta che i soldi e il futuro non esistano e creare, seguendo la propria ispirazione, qualcosa che è bello per voi e che volete condividere con gli altri. Sei tu, il tuo design”.

Qui sotto il testo integrale in inglese a cura di Christy Suk

Design is what keeps our world from being bland, it allows people with a chance to express their true selves.
Ilze Godlevskis is a rising designer, who feel in love with knitwear when she moved from Canada to London, to study fashion. She feel in love because she learned, “ from simple yarns I was able to create my own textiles and shape it into whatever I chose. 100% made by me” said Ilze Godlevskis.

After she finished her schooling at Central Saint Martins College of art and design, she wanted to continue learning and found herself with a great opportunity in Milan learning under a 73 year old knitter.
Her work is inspired by everyday random items, thoughts, suggestions from friends, and experiences. Taking it from idea to the knitting machine is Ilze favorite part of the design process.  Ilze loves, “seeing if it actually worked and seeing it realized in its own organic form.”

The design process is a unique experience for every designer, for her it is her time of meditation, to relax and to see if her ideas can be truly created. Her gears are always turning in the back of her head with more ideas, the inspiration and design process never ceasing to stop.  
Ilze’s goal for her art is for it to grow in a way so it is bigger, better and more impressive. To become installations where the public has the opportunity to have a more intimate experience with her art.
For any designer the key piece is to love what you are doing and to find joy in your work. For Ilze, she explains that the most satisfying part of her work is, “spontaneously creating color combinations on the knitting machine and then seeing the textile in totality and how people have different reactions to the unique pieces. Particularly when people pick their favorite piece as they are all individual. It is nice to see how people have a personal connection to something that I have made.”
In order to be a successful designer, people have to feel something from your work, whether  it be bad or good, to have a connection with it means you, as the designer, impacted their life.


Ilze final words of advice for anyone who wants to be involved with the world of design, “is to pretend like money and the future doesn't exist and create what you feel is good for you that you want to share with others. You are your design.” 
(interview by Christy Suk)

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