When did you start sewing/embroidering and why?
I am from an artist family, and have always been painting or creating. My way as an active artist began around 2007, where I made my first coffee rabbit and started playing around with fiber arts. One year later I needed a brooch for a dress and so I embroidered my very first brooch, which I unfortunately never managed to wear, but this was the beginning of my Makiko brooches.
My works are naive, as if they are taken from kids paintings, sometimes a little childish, and romantic. Some works are different, as I am always looking for something new.
Nature (especially dogs ;), words and daily occurrences, and works of other artists, classic, contemporary or folk arts.
Oh, it’s a complicated question…I realised that in the last months I am reading mostly on the web—blogs and papers about arts and psychology. On my bed table I currently have Ray Bradbury, which I am actually re-reading. I love books and I am collecting children’s books, mainly because of their illustrations and sometimes because of the story, like in “Kuky se vrací,” a great story about a teddy bear, by czech author.
I have occupied the largest room in our house, the living room, where I can watch some TV, hook into PC as for an audio book, or listen to the birds in our mini garden.
needle, thread, piece of a cloth, dark chocolate, and it would be great to have a pet :)))
I love all of them 🙂 Just give me a surface to work on…
They come by themselves. But I like to watch people and animals, to remember their characteristics, as everyone has something unique, and then a combination of these is popping out in my work. 🙂
P.S. Soon I will be releasing new works from my project “Vintage Botany,” that I made for a exhibition in Artistic Doll Studio in Tallinn. All works for this project were naturally hand dyed. It was a very interesting process, a little bit magic!
Thanks, Oksana, for sharing some of your magic with us!