ONCE UPON THE TIME...
There once was a mother and she had two daughters. Holena was her own, while Maruška was her stepdaughter. Mother preferred her own daughter, and so it bothered her greatly that Maruška was growing more beautiful every day.
One day in January, Holena told her sister: "I want a bouquet of violets, go and pick me some." "But sister, where should I look for violets now in winter?" Maruška said. "Stop whining and go!" Holena ordered, and so Maruška went, crying. She thrudged through snow, her body getting cold. Finally, she reached a meadow where a fire was burning. Twelve men were sitting around it, each of them representing one month in a year. January, as a ruler, was sitting on the highest stone. "Good afternoon, kind men," Maruška said, "may I warm up by your fire for a bit?" "Please, join us," January agreed, "just tell us what you're doing here alone and in such cruel weather?" " I’m searching for violets,“ Maruška replied. "I have to bring them home, or my sister Holena will kill me." Once January heard that, he gestured to March. The fire suddenly burned brighter, snow began to melt, meadow turned green and lush and the violets grew. Maruška knelt down, picked up an armful of flowers and rushed back home. Stepmother and Holena couldn’t believe she managed to succeed.
A little while later, Holena came to Maruška and told her: "I want strawberries. Go to the woods and bring me some. " So Maruška went away again, crying. She returned to the meadow with twelve months sitting beside the fire. This time, June helped her; hetook over for a while so Maruška could collect fresh strawberries. Sister and stepmother both marveled that she had accomplished this task as well.
A few days later, Holena told Maruška: "Go to the woods and bring me apples." Maruška turned around and went. Even this time she sought help from the months. September took over for a while, Maruška picked apples, wholeheartedly thanked them and ran home.
But it wasn’t enough for Holena. She decided to go to the woods herself and find out what’s been going on. When she found a meadow and twelve months around the fire, she sat down and started warming her hands without even saying hello. Months were deeply offended by her rude behaviour. January took over, summoned a blizzard and Holena froze in it to death. Stepmother went to search for her, since she’s been gone for so long. But she lost her way in the snow as well and disappeared for good. Maruška stayed alone. She never saw her sister or stepmother again and she lived in her cottage happily ever after.
Based on fairy tale by Božena Němcová
ZUZANA ČUPOVÁ, AUTHOR OF ILLUSTRATION
ZUZANA ABOUT HERSELF
"I come from a small unknown village under Beskid Mountains and I study at Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín for five years now. I’m intersted in everything that has to do with drawing – comics, illustrations, character design, even painting furniture. Because I’m usually forced to spent long hours in front of a computer, I like to draw traditionally in my spare time, mostly with crayons, ink or watercolours. I used watercolours in work on my scarves’ designs as well. Draft for ravens’ scarf is inspired by Czech and Slovak folk costumes, folk arts and illustrations by Josef Lada (stylized figures, originating in figural folk embroidery – wedding banners, ornaments similar to folk costume patterns etc.). Inspiration for ‚Twelve months‘ fairy tale came from illuminated manuscripts, Romanesque sculptures and Gothic portal structure (because I always saw the Months as something in between saints and gods). I like strong wind, smell of wet dirt in a greenhouse and hot cocoa. Fashion brand Silky gang especially excites me by combining folk tales and fashion."
MARTINA ABOUT ZUZANA
"I share Zuzka’s excitement for folk motives and similar stylization. There is nothing more typical for Czech fairy tales than that. I applauded her decision to create her designs basically completely by hand with watercolours. A task like that is very arduous, considering the scale, any change in pattern or colours is quite tough to implement and the process requires great focus. Also, in this case, corrections and changes were much more frequent than with other motives.
I really like the finished product, though. Watercolours on bigger scale showcase interesting details a structure, especially noticeable on silk or silk voile.
Big positive is that the geometry of the motive allows for intersting effects while arranging the scarf on an outfit.
We chose colours similar to ones used in ‚Seven ravens 1‘ scarf by Kateřina Čupová, but in more gentle shade."
SCARVES‘ MATERIAL AND PACKAGING
Author’s design is printed either on 100 % silk twill with rolled edges (Colossus 90x90 cm and Tinkerbell 43x43 cm) or on the voile made of 30 % silk and 70 % fine cotton (Giant 130x130 cm). The scarves are packaged in handmade boxes. Also included are certificates with fairy tales and an original string with a pearl button. It is used for tying scarves and arranging them as part of an outfit. 100 % silk scarves have a unique serial number in their certificates. They are produced in limited series - only 100 pieces of Colossus and 200 pieces of Tinkerbells.