How did it all start? Was there a significant event or was it more a continuous progress that brought you to what you are doing today?

 Definitely it was more of a continuous progress. I have dreamed about being a fashion designer since I was a little child, but I haven’t received any support in this dream. My mum – like many mothers in Poland! – wanted to make me a doctor or a lawyer – and she was even burning all of my drawings year by year, in a fireplace during winters. Well. She won this battle. I became an archaeologist. I loved it, the middle ages are my big passion, but… I was feeling there was something missing in my life. Archaeology is not Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, but short, beautiful session of excavations and long months of boring job behind the desk. It was a period of time, when I returned to drawing, my wardrobe was full of dark studded clothes with logos of metal bands. And I made a decision. I started studying in a Fashion School in Poland and you know what? It was another BIG mistake. I had almost no lessons of sewing, making patterns… 80% of my time I was spending drawing things I hated. My teachers were forcing me to draw tons of designs for corporation uniforms, they forbade me using corsets, studs, buckles and lacing in my projects. After 2 years I quit. I created my IG and FB sites and I started a long journey to get my fashion personality back. Day by day I was learning to create patterns and to sew on my own. It was a dramatic year, but… I had a vision, a recovered passion and a clear aim in my life… Still it is extremely hard in Poland (I mean taxes, problems with finding proper textiles, studs etc.), but being an artist and creating things makes me feel like I don’t live for nothing…


Where does your Artist name come from?

CINTHERE is a hybrid of the word “cinder” and the phrase “sin there”. My brother and some of my best friends call me “Popiołek”, which is a Polish term of endearment for the word “cinder”, which also hints at the color grey, which is my fav… so… it was perfect. Especially because of double meaning.


What does it mean to you to create your art?

Well. The answer is pretty much in the above paragraph. Do you know this song? “Don’t wanna live for nothing, just wanna be something” ;) ?


What would happen if one would prevent you from doing art?

 I’m stubborn. If I want to do something, I will.


Where are you drawing inspiration from?

Usually it is an impulse and I have a vision in mind. But I think my biggest inspirations are always: middle ages fashion, video games, miniature games and… Vesania. Love this band to death.


Are there some certain principles or guidelines you apply when creating a new piece? Not only with regards to your art itself but also to the environment you create in, your surroundings, the atmosphere?

I’m a chaotic soul. So it all depends on the chaos in my mind each day.


What do you feel when you create?

Sometimes frustration! But even a bad day is a lesson. Still I feel I have a lot to learn, but I’m also proud of my progress. I’ m a self-made woman. For now, most of the days spent at the workspace, are times of excitement. I am able to make my vision come true. This gives me a huge sense of power!


 Why are you doing what you are doing? What is the purpose behind? Is there a grand philosophy behind your art?

Ok, let’s be honest: fashion is a an art, but… it is an applied art. I don’t want to create a big philosophy behind my work. I’m an archaeologist. Thanks to my studies I can spin, I can weave. Thanks to my stubbornness I can sew. And I know this is an extremely HARD job. Of course I have my own little goal in my work. I want to sneak in as much organic, fair trade and recycled pieces as I am able to get and use in my designs. Fashion industry is 666% immoral and toxic. I do not wish to contribute to this madness!


What drives you creating?

Vison of reaching the effect I have in mind. This is a real excitement!