We had the good fortune of connecting with Szilvia Bartha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Szilvia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I can remember, I look at things differently. I always see what an object could be or become and can’t stop until I create it. For a long time I thought that everyone is just like me. Constantly feeling the need to create something. When I make something and it is good to look at, it means that it resonates. I believe that everything is energy. And when something resonates at a similar energy as we are, we like it. We feel some sort of similarity, we feel good. Same thing with music, other people, animals etc. When I create something it resonates with some people and dos not with others. The ones it resonates with are my customers. I like to make things other people will like and gives them joy. Seeing other people loving what I made makes me happy and content.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It all started about six years ago when I was introduced to horse archery. I started to dig deeper and deeper in the life, traditions and culture of my Hungarian ancestors. I wanted to wear what they wore, wanted to use artifacts they used… so I created my first pointy hat, my quiver, my belt and other accessories. Using the patterns my ancestors used, took me back in time. I felt I relived the past. I started to make jewelry with these motifs, than belts, bags, quivers. There is no stopping any more. I like to use museum findings for ideas and now I create more modern artifacts as well as the traditional ones using similar techniques. I went back to my country to learn from folk art masters every year and I also though myself and added my creativity to the process. Turul Leatherworks was born and people started to buy my art and it makes me very happy to see my Hungarian culture to live on and being appreciated by other people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think it would all depend on the interest of my friend. I like to show off the beautiful nature in our area. My favorite beach is the one by Founders Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. It is very isolated and always brings something new to discover. An other place is a hike to Eaton Canyon waterfall. Since it would be a week long trip, I would take my friend on close by places as well, like Pioneertown, Joshua Tree, Palm tree oasis near Palm Springs, Idyllwild, Malibu, If they would want to see more of Los Angeles, the must go spots are always the Hollywood sign, Sunset Blvd, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood/Highland area, Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive. I have a lot of musician friends who wants to visit places like the Whiskey, Roxy, Viper Room, Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood. For me the Pantages Theatre is a must see with a show. Restaurants where I would go are in the Pasadena are. Mint Leaf for Indian food Kaiba for Japanese food La Caravana is a must for Salvadorian food Sunset Grill on the weekend serves a Hungarian menu but even during the week there are some Hungarian meals available on the menu
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hungarian leather crafter Zoltan Koszta. His work definitely inspired me.