You read my name already. Or knew it before, and came here to inquire who I am and what I do.
…and always sewed, as far as I remember myself. My mother is a dressmaker. That’s why I can’t answer the question when I learned to sew, but can answer easily “where”: at home, of course.
Sewing school was the next. The main that I learned at Simferopol sewing school – to make straight stitches with sewing machine. Certainly, we were learned many other useful things, but it were sewing school teachers who provided me to skill to make accurate and straight stitches.
At sewing school, I studied how to cut and sew dresses. The basics of work with leather I learned later, in a little manufactory, where we made leather jackets. The best way to learn is repairing – so I did it. I changed zippers, sewed holes in pockets, and so on. A woman next table between this and then showed me how to make a cosmetic bag from leather scraps. I didn’t think of any landscape that time.
That manufactory doesn’t exist for long time – but I sew cosmetic bags till now. Landscapes appeared thanks to my – that time she was prospective – mother-in-law. She had seen my cosmetic bag and proposed to collect different color scraps for uniting them to a picture. It was year 1999.
From that time, I make pictures with help of chalk and tailor’s scissors. Long ago their quantity crossed number 10 000. My logo – palette, and brush with scissors are sticking out of it. This picture reflects the essence of my work. Scissors is the same “painting” tool for me, as a brush.
Step by step I was coming up with new bags and purses. All patterns were drew by me. Twenty years of this process gave me great experience and big assortiment: I have more than 40 models. All my sewing crafts can be divided to two big groups: either they are in form of something or there is something is painted on them.
…by acrylic paints. I like their hiding power and ability to stick tightly on any surface.
I opened acrylic paints not long time ago. I studied at Feodosia Art school (by the way, successfully), and used watercolor and gouache. But the thing is not in paints. Till now I remember with warmth our teachers, who provided us, naughty and noisy, sometimes lazy, sometimes slow-witted, to understanding subtleties of composition and color combination. The main – they trained us to See. Drawing skills come with practice.
Now I paint on leather and paint on wood boards. Also, I paint additionally landscapes, that were collected from different color scraps of leather. This way they become “…really alive with paints – even it is possible to hear the noise of wind in grass. And the rustle of the waves, and warm night breeze…” (c) comment of one customer.
…always was near me. I grew up in Feodosia at the seaside near mountains. Crimean landscapes “lay” very well in collages of leather scraps, and I know Crimea very well. I studied Geography at Crimean Federal University, and work as a guide now (there is another site about this). I not only saw Crimean landscapes – I felt them deeply. It is natural that Crimean land became a part of my creativity.
But there is not only Crimea at my bags. It can be any other landscape – in Europe, America, anywhere. Send to me a picture of your favorite landscape – and I’ll say how to transform it to leather picture on your bag. Examples you can see at this page.
…are small yet. It is hard to say what they will do in the future, but for sure their mom will teach them knowledge about Crimea and how to live creative life – by her personal example.
So, now my daughter tests fantasy bags with pleasure and try herself as a model.
…is not only a method to go fast to a bakery. It is also a method to see the world. I took part in bike trips in Crimea, and outside of it. Although this site is about my creativity, I posted here the stories about my travels. Why not? I like write about it, and my familiar people like to read it. If you like to read about travels – look into blog.