Sara: Hi Eva! Please tell me a bit about you and your background?
Eva: My name is Eva Wenig and I come from Germany. I was born in Erfurt on a Sunday morning in 1988 and I’m currently rocking the city of Hamburg.
S: How did you get into arts and crafts?
E: Even when I was a small child, I would grab a pencil or scissors and paper to create something artsy And I’ve always been a pen and paper girl until I turned 17. Then, I first thought of actually making one of the garments I had drawn so many times. At first I was really scared by the cast-iron sewing machine monster of my Mom but I quickly taught myself how to handle it. I do still use it today, even if it’s way older than myself!
S: Did you study fashion at college?
E: Actually, I just started a few months ago in April 2008. After launching my label ParaNoire in 2007 I realized that here in Germany I’ll be better off with a college degree if I really wanted to make a living from what I love to do.
S: So where can we buy your wonderful creations?
E: I’ve been selling my work online since May 2007, first on Etsy (ParaNoire.etsy.com), later I discovered the German platform Dawanda (de.dawanda.com/shop/ParaNoire) and in the near future I’ll also sell my products on my own website (paranoire-design.com). My handbags can be bought in the “magasin populaire”store in Cologne, Germany. And you probably met me at the Kleidkunst fair in Berlin (27th and 28th September)!
S: Where do you find your inspiration?
E: The style of past centuries truly inspires me! Clothing has never been more stylish and elegant than in the 19th century. I adore the time and craftsmanship that has been put into those elaborate gowns and I try to bring some of this elegance to modern women’s wardrobes
S: Tell me a bit about your latest collection.
E: My color scheme for the collection winter 08/09 will be mainly black, but I’ll play with textures, transparency and patterns. I’ll also add some garments for the modern gentleman, so keep your eyes open!
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