Please tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m a professional pianist. I perform a lot and that’s why I’m rarely at home. Thus, I don’t really have that much time for my crafting. However, I love to create and to work with my hands. I hand craft my items mostly at night or on weekends. In the summer when day light in Russia stays long enough I have plenty of time for my crafting.
photo at the studio
I usually craft on a balcony which is my major workshop. My family supports me and offers a valuable critic that is extremely helpful!
How long have you been creating? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
I was born and raised in Ekaterinburg, Russia in a family of true artisians. My great grandfather had a well established company that produced tools and equipment for a bee-keeping. His products were featured at the famous Paris exhibition in early 20th century. He lost everything but his artisan skills during the revolution in Russia. Our family still has one of my grandfather work, a miniature children’s teapot that is only 3 cm tall! He hand made it out of an American tin from canned food during the World War for his grandchildren. My mom and my granny sewed for the whole family during the Soviet era when it was hard to buy clothes. It’s not a surprise that I knitted my first item when I was 6.
What do you sell and what would you say makes your shop unique?
I have two shops on Etsy. In rumosaic07 I sell mosaics (I like to work with American vintage glass and china or porcelain bits and pieces), also macrame and crochet items.
I love to learn new techniques so right now I am also learning how to make an Irish lace. Pretty soon you will be able to find some new nice items in my shop!
In my second shop RUussrvintage I offer rare vintage pieces dated back to the Soviet era. There is a lot of history behind these items so my shop is a real find for collectors of Soviet memorabilia!
How did you choose the names for your shops?
If you’ve noticed both of my shops’ names start with RU which corresponds to the domain of Russia “.ru”. The idea is to inform potential clients and buyers about Russian routs of my business.
Where would you like to go with your business?
I create unique hand made items in macrame, stained glass and mosaic techniques so that all these items could make my clients’ homes beautiful and cozy.
I experiment a lot and always try to learn something new. I’m constantly improving and my main goal today is to succeed in my search for personal style.