Interview: Ágnes Herczeg

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Name: My name is Ágnes Herczeg. I live in Hungary, in a small town, near to the Danube.

Known for: I make pictures with lace.

Currently actual with: I design my next work.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this:
When I was pregnant, I felt that this is the period to start with embroidery for my own pleasure. I was interested in all kinds of techniques, including needlework and lace.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I have no exact idea, maybe in a birch-grove, where the sun shines through the tree foliage.

How would you describe your design:
Pictures from lace.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
A few years ago I tried to make something different out of lace, than collar and table cover.

What do you do at the moment?
I combine coconut shell made with lace.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
For me it was important to thoroughly know everything about the technique. I spent quite a long time for collecting all the necessary knowledge. However if I didn’t do this, I couldn’t create anything. Anyone can learn to make embroidery, the rest comes naturally. How can you create a business out of it? Well, it is a different profession…

Tell us how it all started.
I was studying to become a textile restaurateur at the university. From my first day, I was interested about the process of creating a structure/art. I wanted to study and learn about almost-forgotten techniques.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
When everything is alright at home and in my family.

What is your favorite film?
Robert J. Flaherty: Nanook of the North.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
I’d like to invite Maria Markovits, inventor of the Hungarian so-called Halas Lace.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
I sit close to the chimney-corner with a cup of my favorite Turkish blend coffee.

What is luxury for you?
Many times simplicity is the biggest luxury, which is hard to achieve when it is hindered by futility.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your design, and from whom?
All those “unrequested” and honest comments I receive on my Facebook page are making me feel good.

What do you fear most?
I could not answer to this question.

What is a happy life to you?
What I have now is enough and perfect.

What does a regular day look like for you?
Because we have a big family my schedule is full with daily chores and the time I spend with my children. Embroidery can be harmonized with my daily house-works, therefore it is an ideal activity for me. I spend a lot of time together with my kids, who are also very creative, so we can work side-by-side most of the time.

Tell us about your dream project.
I hope that I will have the opportunity to get to know new materials. I would like to work with enamel and glass, but of course lace will always have the priority of all.

Who is your favorite designer?
The artist of the prehistoric age, who used the resources of the nature, who painted the cave with mineral-paint, who shaped his sculptures out of clay, who exactly knew how to utilize all natural resources. He is whom I respect.

How would you describe your style?
I cannot describe that, because it always changes. I’m kind of an experimenter.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
The Danube shore we live nearby. We love to take a walk there.

What inspires you?
At the moment I finish one work I already see what could have I done better. This is the reason why I start my next project.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
Bodor, Ádám: Sinistra District (1992).

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