I was born in Moscow, studied and grew up in a small, but a very cozy city in the Kharkov region, Ukraine. I graduated from Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation. Specialty - project manager.

At the age of 15, I was given paint to paint on ceramics, on vases and saucers. They, of course, did not find applications, but I really liked to mix a lot of shades and watch them frosting, they turned into bizarre shapes. I think, from that moment, I had a great desire to work with color, and over time this desire found itself in the embroidery.

In 2016, I attended sewing courses, where one of our tasks was to sew a blouse. Seeing the embroidered dresses from Valentino, Elie Saab, and Dior, I decided to create an air blouse from tulle with embroidery. In 2017 I took an embroidery course at Ecole Lesage School in Paris. From that time, I have decorated my work with Luneville embroidery. This school is the only one where I studied embroidery. Everything I did before was intuitive. I like it when there is a moment of improvisation in the work. 

I create these embroideries which are inspired by fashion and haute couture. I stitch colorful threads into tulle to create 3D-effect artwork.

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Loraine D.G. MacGinness
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2 years ago

Wow ! What talent and skill AND patience, beautiful.

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My technique is a combination of many shades of threads - organized chaos. I like to work with tulle, as it is a transparent fabric that makes embroidery visually more voluminous. I do not make sketches before I start working, I usually know I want to embroider something specific, such as an eye. I make the contours and select shades when I'm already in the process. I am attracted to bright saturated colors, so I often try to integrate them with harmonious colors, but try not to make it too flashy.

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Val McMillan
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2 years ago

Beautiful! So talented.

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

Wow!

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When I was in school, I did not have a particular attraction to the work that we did in the lessons of Home Economics. And since childhood, everything, whether sewing an apron at school or drawing the next landscape in the lessons of fine art, was done for me by my beloved grandmother. In my student years, I became interested in everything new that appeared in the fashion world. After repeatedly reviewing the work of many clothes designers, I decided to take a chance. But it was not so simple to create voluminous and beautiful work. Only hard work, developing my own style and correcting my mistakes gave me the opportunity to achieve the desired result.

My inspiration is the success of other people. When I have the opportunity to observe the creative development of the artist, to see how an idea turns into a complete result, for me, there is no greater inspiration. Also, life-affirming films, books, and exhibitions support me and my desire to create.

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

My mind is officially blown.

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Elise Hilton
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2 years ago

Beautiful! Thx for sharing.

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The most special works were done in huge doubts and desire to give up. So it’s the most important part of the creative process for me, keep creating my work, even when everything I do seems to be wrong.

I start each new piece with contours before allowing improvisation and the process itself to dictate what the final design will look like. Now I got used to working with a color, so it takes 3-4 days to create hand/ eye study and 2-3 weeks for portrait studies. As embroidery isn’t about fast results, to not get tired from one piece usually I work on 2-3 pieces at the same time. 

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Reine Watson
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2 years ago

OMG! You need to sell these!

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

So much detail, it’s awesome!

While creating each product, I am moved by the desire to show that creativity is not a technical process, but rather an improvisation that does not lend itself to any scripts and schemes.

Embroidery is also the best way of meditation for me. When I see the result of my works, there is no better healing for me. It helps me to transform my feelings into small bright colorful art objects that make my life better and make other people feel something. 

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Ahnnah Newell
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2 years ago

WOW! I love the beeding, and would love to have a jacket with those on it.

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Ahnnah Newell
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2 years ago

Wow I love the colors in her skin.

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

These are awesome... I wanna learn to do these.

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Reine Watson
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2 years ago

I can't pick a favorite

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Kalmar
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6 months ago

I love how it looks like a sketch but is so graceful at the same time!

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Miss Cris
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2 years ago

I like very much the first one!

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

How do you put so much detail in these. I mean look at the changing colors of the whale. The swirls in the balloon. It’s all so beautiful!

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

Did you add water colors to this one? For like better blend right?

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VJF41708
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2 years ago (edited)

someone sure likes hands... they are done fantastically, though

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Ahnnah Newell
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2 years ago

That would look so beautiful on a dress

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Val McMillan
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2 years ago

why negative clicks? I enjoy seeing how she starts the piece.

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Ahnnah Newell
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2 years ago

I LOVE THOSE FLOWERS!

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Val McMillan
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2 years ago

Is that a hat on the one fish?

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Karin Gibson
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2 years ago

David in colour.

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Miss Cris
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2 years ago (edited)

There's a lot of work there

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Miss Cris
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2 years ago

So beautiful!!!!

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

So colorful *_* this has to be my favorite

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

You love doing these. Also I bet you can make a living from it by just selling them. I mean I’d buy them.

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Jaishree Sivaraman
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6 months ago

so natural love the ombre effect

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Reine Watson
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2 years ago

OMGoodness

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Karin Gibson
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2 years ago

Fishy

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Tia Hansen
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2 years ago

So much detail.

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