The Heroine’s Journey of Vesna Pesic

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The best thing about my work is creative process that changes all the time. I always have something new to learn, experiment and perfect. I also love to share my discoveries with my students.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

My idea of perfect happiness is accepting of now with all its flaws.

What is my greatest fear?

Being unable to produce work.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Perfectionism is my least favourite trait.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

I admire a lot of people in my profession, mostly for quality of their work and their dedication.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Traveling whether I can afford it or not.

On what occasion would I lie?

To protect my loved ones.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The thing that I dislike the most in my work is paper work.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I am the happiest in my work when I am totally absorbed by it.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Perfectionism is something I am working on changing. It can stifle creativity.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My greatest achievement in work is creating a head piece/medical device and inspiring my students with my enthusiasm.

Where would I most like to live?

I would most like to live by the warm sea.

What is my most treasured possession?

I don’t treasure possessions as such, more the memories and love that are connected to a certain possession.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Being passionate about creative expression and being straight forward.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Richmond Park or V&A museum.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Somewhere near the river Thames.

What books influenced my life and how?

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran poetical discussion on topics such as life and the human condition. 

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle the book’s purpose “is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness”.

Who are my favourite writers?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Paulo Coelho, Elizabeth Gilbert.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Something that my son wrote.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Veronika from Veronika Decides to Die novel by Paulo Coelho.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

People who rise after they have fallen.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

There are way too many to mention. Truly Madly Deeply and An Angel at My Table definitely stand out.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art plays a huge role in my life and work. Art is an inspiration but also way of figuring out life.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My husband and my family.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

Any talented, competent, honest, passionate designers.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

Jean-Paul Gaultier

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

My self-directed exploratory next project.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

During London Hat Week in April at Morley College. I will be participating in a talk Clients of the Catwalk, Couture, Theatre & Film, also exhibition, as well as teaching a short course.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion never retires when you find a way to express your views on a life journey.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Ana Rajcevic, Nicol Vizioli, Kat Marks, Liz Ciokajlo, Lara Torres, Michelle Quick

How can you contact me?

instagram @vesnahats

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