Couture Jewelry – Guide Joailliers interview with Dori

Interview by: Kyra Brenzinger  http://www.guide-joailliers.com/dori-csengeri-tisseuse-dor-de-lumiere/

Dori radiates excitement when she talks about her jewelry creation. “My collection is like a patchwork of mixed cultures, rich colors and sensuous textures” says Dori. “It’s my personal curated selection of all things wonderful!”

What was the starting point in creating your jewelry?
Dori Csengeri: In the eighties, during my studies of textile design at the Academie de Port-Royal in Paris, I was experimenting with collages made of textile materials. I used to wear the few pins that I made and my friends began to buy them. That made me realize that the jewelry path was the right path for me.  From there on, the road to designing jewelry was fairly short.

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Can we compare your jewelry to haute couture jewelry?
Dori Csengeri: Indeed, all the jewelry pieces are handmade from start to finish at our fair trade Tel Aviv studio. That means that our team of women artisans hand-stitches the textile cords that frame the Swarovski crystals (or gemstones for that matter), strings beads and applies nappa leather on the back of the jewelry pieces for added comfort.  Some pieces such as my Camelot collection are made by cutting small squares of linen fabric and one by one applying gold leaf on top of them. Each square has a slightly different shape and a different gold leaf pattern. When I hand- stitch the linen squares together, I carefully match them.  After all, God is in the small details….

How do you design your collections?
Dori Csengeri: The arts, the city views or even certain moods inspire me to draw sketches every day.  About four months before the collection is due, I select the best sketches and the most appealing materials that I constantly source from all around the world.  From this selection I create about 16 color themes, each theme includes small, mid size and large pieces (about ten styles for each color story).

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Your new spring / summer collection is a true color-therapy!
Dori Csengeri: I wanted this collection to be bold and joyful. The red Fandago collection reflects the flamenco dancers costumes, movements and fiery spirit. The red color also adds a powerful and festive side to the collection. Green is high on the list of the spring 2017 color trends and is also very present in my collection.  Malibu, Nuances and Elixir color groups explore the story of green through different tonalities and harmonies.

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You also worked on night colors …
Dori Csengeri: It is true that Absolu, Nightlight and Cassiopeia have a darker appeal. I evoke the night theme with ‘star constellations’ compositions, mysterious ‘blue lights’ and materials that reflect to some extent the ‘aurora borealis’.

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What are your favorite pieces?
Dori Csengeri: I feel that the Camelot line is very striking.  Creating a mosaic of small linen squares studded with gold results in a strong three-dimensional quality. I was inspired by a Peruvian gold carpet and I think that this Inca reference gives the collection the virtue of timeless beauty. I also created very powerful pieces with dragons, inspired by the TV series Games of Thrones. Presently, I am involved in a new project of embroidered masks that I hope to reveal to you soon!

 

New Year’s resolution: channel your inner warrior princess!

If you’ve declared 2017 to be your year of stepping up, standing out and staying strong, this post is for you.

Eye contact:
A steady gaze is strong, sexy and reassuring. Keep your head up. Look them in the eye.

Posture:
Come on, do it right now wherever you are. Shoulders back, chin lifted, head held steady. And now…go get ‘em!

Voice:
Remember how you used to talk when you were a teenager? When everything was a question? Don’t do that anymore. If you have a question, ask it. For everything else, declare.

Fashion statement:
Make a statement with your wardrobe. Inject color and boldness into your style. Creating a bold display on the outside can give you the courage you need to be bold on the inside.

Are you ready to be an outstanding version of you? Commit to positive change by leaving us a comment. We’re always here rooting for you!

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Dori’s ‘warrior princess’ statement choker – as seen in Xiox magazine

Inspired by Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones” epic style managed to capture Dori’s imagination. Medieval gowns, fierce battle gear and dragons’ scales are all brilliantly represented in her Lady Dragon collection. Immaculate hand-stitched embellishments add silver sheen to the collection’s inspiring fashion statement while radiating haute couture aura.

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Dori’s show stopping Lady Dragon earrings

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Dori’s haute couture Lady Dragon choker

Nancy’s Bachelorette ♥

It all started with an email:
“Dear Dori, My sister, Nancy and I are huge fans of your jewelry. We both lived in Israel for several years and we each own at least 10 Dori pieces (necklaces and earrings). We have turned many friends onto Dori Csengeri designs through the years. I live in NY and Nancy lives in Paris now. Nancy is getting married in Israel and I wanted to explore an idea with your team. I would like to throw a memorable event for Nancy and her close female friends in Israel before the wedding. Instead of the ordinary bachelorette event I was thinking it would be wonderful to weave in Dori Csengeri design since it’s been such a huge part of Nancy’s lifestyle. Would your team be interested in hosting Nancy’s bachelorette?”
Of course, we said: “Yes!” 🙂

We met at the studio, where Dori told Nancy and her friends how she developed her unique technique. She shared with them the “behind the scenes” of making Dori pieces and answered questions about her new line of kaftans & handbags and what makes her inspired…. Image

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The next stop was our Parisian style boutique downstairs, where everyone was having fun trying on their favorite Dori pieces. Image
And then, it was time to toast to the bride-to-be.a toast 2…and toast some more…. 🙂

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sisters hugAnd of course, we couldn’t end the bachelorette without surprising Nancy with some rice throwing for happiness and good luck!
throwing riceMelanie, we had a blast hosting Nancy’s bachelorette at our studio.  You are the best sister ever!!! 🙂

Nancy, we’re really happy that you’ve found Mr. Right! Wishing you both all the best for the wedding and for the future. ♥♥♥

much love,
Dori & her team