Berta Ujváry graduated in 2022 from the MOME Fashion and Textile Design MA, and the topic and title of her thesis is HOME.
What does home mean for us? Would we be able to describe it accurately to a stranger, or would we rather say that it is an inimitable, ineffable set of sensory impressions? In a previous interview, Berta revealed that her inspiration comes mainly from her past, familiar places, and her family legacy. Her grandfather was an architect, whose work inspired her art and influenced her creative vision. While color played an important role in her earlier works, her current project is dominated by surfaces.
The finished work is “a woven textile collection that can be used in the entire interior of a house”, using jacquard technology to bring motifs to life using only the weaving pattern, thus focusing our attention on texture. Naturally, these are visual patterns, but by omitting color, they foreground an often neglected dimension: tactility. The off-white color of the materials also evokes a warm, soft feeling of homeliness.
In our modern world, visuality plays a huge role: we spend almost entire days in front of a screen and practically rush through our surroundings. But patterns on textiles draw our attention to the tangible reality, inviting us to step closer and touch them.
Photo: Péter Orr