One of our models, Gabriela, gave us a glimpse on how a bad-ass Urban Fairy looks like. We had her as a model for two of our photo shoots and the second video will be out soon. This project “Sanziene in Urban” was initiated by me and my husband, Radu Niculescu, back in 2015 as a movement of influencing the young generation to discover the “old” blouses that their grand-mothers used to make and cherish them, wear them. We have been inspired by the cultural movement La Blouse Roumaine and the love for our country. These photos are taken by Mihnea Avram in the pub Strings, in Constanta. The model, Gabriela Prisacaru, is wearing a traditional Romanian blouse from Maramures, made available for this project by me. Assistants were Radu Niculescu and Alina Spinu. Alina Spinu was as well in charge for the hair and make-up.
More about the project on the official web page http://sanzieneinurban.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SanzieneinUr…
I know this video should have been uploaded last year, but I have started working at it multiple times and never got to finish it properly. I initiated this project along with my husband back in 2015 in an attempt to show to the Romanian public that the vintage blouses, that are part of our identity culture, are not unfashionable and that we can wear them with pride. The main group of target was the young generation that has barely any contact with the authentic traditional elements. I have to mention that the ideas that influenced me into discovering the beauty of he authentic are La Blouse Roumaine and Semne Cusute (Ioana Corduneanu). In this video you can get a glimpse of the photos that were taken in this project, we skipped filming the makeup process (done by Alina Spinu). In 2016 me and my husband worked along side with Alina Spinu who was as photographer, assistant, makeup artist and hair stylist. Not to mention her constant support. Diana Curca was the main photographer, Radu Niculescu was as assistant, makeup by Alina Spinu. Traditional Romanian blouse from Rucar, Fagaras borrowed from miss Brindusa Darmina. The Facebook page for this project is https://www.facebook.com/SanzieneinUr… and the web page is http://www.sanzieneinurban.com Not all the photo shootings had video of making of but the results of 2015 and 2016 have been published. As well you can find the team behind all the photos.
We worked hard to make some beautiful photos to promote the event from 2015. I finally got to finish this video and share our work with the world! I hope you like it and appreciate our effort.
I think I’ve share with you about my stock account from deviant art and some of the works done with my stock photos.
Some of the works there are really beautiful and I wanted to share with you, the 2016 ones.
There is a direct link if you click on the photos for better resolution and if you want to fav the work.
I want to thank all of the artists that used my stock and to those that will work with it!
Am apucat sa filmez cateva momente din primele sedinte foto pentru Sanziene in Urban!
Multumim frumos Dana Buda ca ai acceptat sa ne fi model!
I was not a fan of these type of blouses until I started working on cruise ships and the identity crisis hit me.
I was meeting people from around the word that had a perfect image of their culture and identity and I felt that I barely knew anything about my country. We, Romanians, have a lot in common with our country neighbors and in many ways I couldn’t express myself properly about what makes us different.
So I started reading books about our culture and the old religion and I somehow feel in love with what I was discovering.
I was searching for things like embroidered blouses and at that time they were back in fashion. Designers were inspired by the east European traditional blouses and I bought myself one. I was so proud of myself!
The next step was to buy an hand made one and to wear it around the word while working on the cruise ship.
It didn’t take long until I had the courage to embroide my own blouse with the help of the blog Semne Cusute who explained all the symbols used on the authentic Romanian blouse.
For the first time in my life, everything made sense and I felt Romanian.
As I look now, I am proud of myself for all the lessons and blouses that I finished embroidering.
I dream to have a special closet full of blouses made by me from each corner of Romania.
My journey is still at the beginning and I hope you guys can appreciate my work so far!
Stiu ca am cam chiulit de la postat pe blog, insa am inceput pregatirile pentru Ziua Universala a Iei Constanta 2016 si bineinteles Sanziene in Urban 2016. Incerc sa nu postez fotografiile facute pana acum cu greu insa mai scap cate ceva pe Snapchat si Instagram pentru cei care ma urmaresc din afara tarii.
Nu cred ca am avut inspiratia de a va explica proiectul Sanziene in Urban anul trecut dar va sunt datoare sa il explic acum.
Au trecut 2 ani de zile de cand ne-am intors in Romania si un an si putin de cand eu si Radu ne-am asumat raspunderea, imaginatia, dedicatia si timpul in dezvoltare culturala prin Sezatoare Constanta. Am facut documentare, am depus mii de ore de voluntariat in aceasta directie si ne dorim foarte mult sa creeam o imagine deosebita a camasii traditionale romanesti la noi in oras.
Ne dorim foarte mult ca tineretul sa aibe o baza de informatii corecte asupra traditionalului si sa realizeze cat de important este pentru identitatea noastra, ca Romani.
Observand ca multe persoane, care au avut norocul sa mosteneasca o parte din zestre bunicii, au considerat iile mostenite ca fiind demodate si le-au aruncat, am luat decizia de a incepe un proiect prin care sa aratam frumusetea artei de neegalat a stramosilor nostrii.
Am imprumutat ii vechi de aproape 100 de ani de la membrele Sezatorii Constanta, am cautat cateva fete dornice sa poarte ii, fotografi dornici sa fotografieze ceva inedit si am pornit prin oras.
Am incercat sa surprindem frumusetea acestor ii in zilele noastre la oras, pe strazile asfaltate. A fost o experienta care m-a invatat sa imi pastrez calmul si sa ignor vocile curioase si rautacioase.
Revenind la proiect. Ideea mi-a venit pe la mijlocul lunii Mai 2015, insa mi-a fost greu sa il vizualizez pana am discutat cu Radu. Cu toate ca nu aveam tot ce ne trebuia, am reusit sa il terminam in mai putin de o luna de zile si a fost gata pentru Ziua Iei din 2015.
Expozitia foto a fost purtata prin oras prin diferite cafenele si a avut un impact pozitiv. Deodata s-au umplut magazinele din oras cu ii, sa nu mai spunem cate fete au prins curaj sa poarte o camasa brodata fara a le mai fi teama de criticii neformati.
Poate ca va intrebati ce m-a impins sa fac asa ceva. Raspunsul este urmatorul: miscarea La Blouse Roumaine si Ioana Corduneanu m-au facut sa vad cu alti ochi arta traditionala si sa vad frumusetea de la noi de acasa.
Dintodeauna am iubit cultura nipona si am visat mereu la o tara ca Japonia, asa ca mi-am asumat un asemenea proiect prin care sa inspiram romancelor sa poarte cu mandrie o ie precum poarta o japoneza un kimono.
I am so excited to share these pictures with you guys!!!! Back in 2014, when I started embroidering my own traditional blouses, I feel in love with a traditional blouse from the area of Margau, in Transilvania. I never had the chance to try one out, just admiring it through pictures and dreaming that one day I will get my chance.
Well, that chance came today! One of the members of our group, Sezatoare Constanta, has bought 2 blouses from that area and she showed them to us! I got the chance to try them on myself and it was pure joy. I was like a little kid in a candy store.
For the first time in my life I was happy that I am so petite, the long blouse is a size S and the short one I think XS (not joking).
Both of them are authentic vintage blouses and most of the time you see them in Museums!
I feel so blessed that I had the chance to wear these wonderful pieces of art and to share the pictures with you guys!
What do you guys think?