Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I had a completely different idea for this scarf in the beginning, but then in the middle of the process it took a different turn and I was not getting the look I was going for any more, so I had to do something else. I was mixing different colours, making a few dye baths and finally it worked. It took me longer than usual to achieve the final look and I'm really happy with the result. When it was dry it reminded me of seaweed...the texture , the forms, colours. The time was really worth spent.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
I recently came across this photo, which I really love and which brings a lot of memories from my childhood. First things first, the white valenok is commercially made, but the little ones are hand-made by Russian feltmaker Natalia Simkina . When I saw this photo I immediately remembered my days back in Latvia when I was a kid. As you might know winters there are rough, it snows a lot and temperatures go way down below zero Celsius. So valenki is a perfect footwear for those kind of conditions. Me and my brother used to stay out for hours, lucky us we lived near the forest so we went skiing and sledging all the time. Some good memories there. Nowadays they decorate valenki with embroidery and different other techniques to give it more modern look, but that's another story.