Hungarian Artists Worth Watching: Judit Wild, aka vadjutka

 Judit Wild has been making jewelry for a decade. Over those ten years, the first few spent experimenting and not really believing that this artistic pursuit was her destiny, she developed a style that is both respectful of the past and utterly, totally modern.

She uses tiny pieces of textile, small bits of embroidered fabric, and sets them into brass with delicate detail, or covers them with glass that ever-so-slightly magnifies them. It transforms these tiny fabric pieces into gems, with a personality of their own, based on their texture, pattern, or picture. With this seemingly simple juxtaposition of textile, brass, beads, chains and glass, she has built a business she runs via a blog, FB page (with thousands of likes), online shops, and a brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Budapest that is also her studio.

Judit’s brand is vadjutka, which sounds quite clever, since vad means Wild and Jutka is the nickname for Judit, but she says it really is her nickname. Call it serendipitous, or call it smart, it’s fun and fitting.

For her newest collection, she uses fabric she designed herself using photographs of her grandfather and great-grandmother. The pieces remind me of cameos, portraits carved in stone and worn as necklaces or brooches that became popular under both Napoleon and later Queen Victoria. But vadjutka surrounded the oval black and white photos in colored fabric, bringing them immediately up to date. The collection is appropriately called Ancestors.

What did I buy? A necklace with a simple pendant with fabric inside, magnified by glass. What’s so special about it? The piece is called a Two-Sided Sweetie (which I hope does not reflect my personality). The pendant has two sides, with two different colors of fabric. And just for fun, a tiny flower hangs from a seemingly random spot on the brass chain. Subtle, unique, playful, and sweet. Imaginative, but down-to-earth. Attractive, while not extravagant. That all describes vadjutka and her pieces.

Look and like here: Read her blog here: Buy online here: or visit her shop, here (1075 Budapest, Madách Imre utca 5).

A profile of my favorite Hungarian painter and clothing designers await you later this week…

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One day, people looking for tips on life in Budapest started coming to me. Friends, then friends of friends, and so on. People were telling newcomers and longtime Budapesters alike, “Adri knows!” Now it’s time to share what I’ve picked up over more than a decade of fun-and-frequently-frazzled family life in the big BP.
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4 Responses to Hungarian Artists Worth Watching: Judit Wild, aka vadjutka

  1. David R Wellens says:

    Adri, she’s cute. Is she married?

  2. Beautiful. Her jewelry is really nice.

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