Alternative Domesticity, 2019
‘transmutation’ is the alchemy of ordinary elements into heightened myth.
the role of the artist is to exalt whatever (s)he touches, to take ordinary reality and give it a fiery incandescence which reveals its meaning.
this collection explores the transformative powers of creation, costume and landscape.
the garments are deconstructed, reconstructed, collaged and reimagined to tell a new narrative.
the result is a culmination of elements existing through one another, ultimately coming to life by way of the wearer.
‘HOMECOMING’ takes a journey into the Balkans, exploring lineage, folklore, identity and nostalgia, exploring the complex layers that makes us who we are.
this collection was created during an artist residency program in the designer’s birthplace; Sofia, Bulgaria.
the garments are created using a mixture of materials sourced throughout the country,
in addition to handed down fabrics and embellishments from three generations of women in artist’s family.
original collage art could, too, be found throughout - layering tales of both global and personal themes;
an interweaving of past and present, coming together to create a vision of a sustainable future.
Champagne and Tears, 2017
A tale of nostalgia and the romanticism of memory through the lens of time, the lines of architecture and the strength of color.
Dilyana Daskalova photogtaphed by Dessislava Terzieva, January 2018
I’m Every Woman, 2017
I have always been tormented by the image of multiplicity of selves.
Some days I call it richness, and other days I see it as a disease, a proliferation as dangerous as cancer.
My first concept about people around me was that all of them were coordinated into a WHOLE,
whereas I was made up of multiple selves, of fragments.
I know that I was upset as a child to discover that we had only one life.
It seems to me that I wanted to compensate for this by multiplying experience..
Or perhaps it always seems like this when you follow all your impulses and they take you in different directions.
Dessislava Terzieva self portraits in Detroit, September 2017