Today’s guest of the column «Into a fairy tale» is a well known designer Tea Lomidze, who lives and works in the capital of Georgia — Tbilisi. Tea works in many different directions of design, but it can not be called a creative search, because she understands what she wants, what she likes and what are the most interesting things to do. Additionally, Tea Lomidze, along with her friend, gorgeous pastry designer Stella Luzan, was the founder in Georgia of the International Cake Day — a holiday of friendship and peace, established by Kingdom of Love in 2011. Read in this interview about how Tea came to design, how it all started, about her new collection and much more.
When and how did you start your career? Where did you study it?
First of all, I want to thank you for your interest to my creations. In 2003, when my sons grew up, I had the opportunity to carry out long-held dream — to open my own art studio. I am a chemist, in the design I am self — taught, but always took a great interest in needlework. Since childhood I reinvented bought clothes, changed it from usual to «exclusive»… When I was young lady I attended many art galleries and museums in Tbilisi, Moscow, St. Petersburg. The Dresden Gallery influenced me most of all . Great artworks had always shaped my taste.
What is the name your brand? What types of design you are involved in, which collections do you create?
My brand is called «ART-SALON TEILO». I am involved in a wide range of design works — fashion clothing, fur, leather, women’s accessories and jewelry, accessories for the home interior.
What are the stages of formation as a designer you passed through?
My career since 2003 and until now was very diverse. In the beginning I only designed clothes from fabrics and furs and, over time, began to create a vintage accessories for home decor. I made design for 12 prestigious restaurants (interior and accessories). Mehriban Aliyeva (the wife of the President of Azerbaijan — M.G.) with Sandra Roelofs (the wife of the President of Georgia — M.G,) visited my Art Salon together in 2004. Following the invitation of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, I visited Baku, where in 2005 I organized a show of my collection of fashion clothes and accessories. During the years of my creative activity I have organized 7 fashion shows to represent my collections.
How would you describe your aesthetic taste, your own style?
About my work have to judge those people who prefer clothes and accessories created by me , those who trust me in design of their business objects. Taking this opportunity, I want to thank everyone for the recognition and trus. I personally love classics and antique. My fashion designs are made mostly in vintage style and of expensive materials.
Have you always worked as independent entrepreneur or had to be employed in other companies?
I always had my own business and worked with my team. — embroiderers and other fashion specialists who work with me for many years.
Do you remember your first order?
Of course I remember! The first order is as the first child … It was the wedding dress for a pregnant bride. She was very happy and afterwards she placed more orders in my salon.
Who are your customers today?
For me, people are not divided according to social status. In my art salon placed orders First Ladies, singers, actors, politicians, businessmen … The person who came to my salon will always find something suitable for him or her. We cordially welcome all customers, regardless of the complexity of the order or other moments. I have many customers from Georgia as well as other from other countries — Israel, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, US, Germany …
How is your work with customers? They come with their ideas, you learn their needs and offer options or you sell only finished model?
Differently. Each person is unique, and clothing should be just a supplement to his portrait.
How do you tune in to the creative work? What is your inspiration?
Love is a source of my inspiration! Usually, I have to drink a cup of my favorite fruit tea, this is a ritual that put me in a good mood and helps to tune in to a creative wave.
Do you follow fashion and other design trends? Do you think we have to follow them, or the fashion is replaces individuality?
The fashion is replaces individuality. I think we have to choose from fashion trends al elements that fit the character of the person, underline its individuality. Of course, I follow the latest trends, because as the designer I should be aware of all innovations.
Can you tell us about your new collection? How you got the idea to create it?
What do you aspire to professionally, and what is your most daring dream associated with the profession?
I strive for perfection — if it is possible, of course. Nature is a source of perfection, and it is unlikely that either person will make something similar to God’s creation. And my dreams are endless … I want to organize a fabulous fashion show of my evening, wedding and fur products, which will be illuminated by new chandeliers of my «Seasons»collection.
What is your hobby apart from design?
My job requires a lot of time. In rare periods of rest I listen to music. I like to cook, often coming up with new recipes.
Do you have any pets? Whether you are creating fashion for pets?
I have created a few fashion designs for the dogs of my friends. Sometimes I make gifts for them — sewing exclusive pullovers, dresses, coats for pets. At the moment, I do not have a four-legged friend. I had a dog — a black Labrador Naomi, she died in 2014 and I was sad about this very much.
The path of successful creative person is always difficult. What helps you overcome the difficulties?
A great love for my work, support of relatives and friends help me to overcome the problems. Difficulties strengthen my spirit, I get the desire to overcome obstacles and achieve more. I’m writing a book about my life — this is another aspect of my creative work.
What would you like to wish our readers?
I wish the infinite love you all! Live and create in love. The world around is so beautiful — enjoy it every day! Great things are hidden in simple things. Do not let problems and routine prevail over you!
Best regards, Tea Lomidze.
© Milana Gorenstein