Born in Moscow, Russia, I came to Edinburgh nearly 20 years ago to complete my master's degree and now call it home.
When our daughter was born I discovered linocut (and other printmaking techniques) and totally fell in love with it. To me, linocut is a perfect medium, which combines a thorough planning and methodical labour-intensive process with an element of a complete surprise - you really don't get to see the final result until you've drawn your picture on lino, then carved it, then inked it and rolled it out on paper. I also like the fact that linocut allows for pretty much endless possibilities of experimenting with colours, always with subtly different and often exciting results.
All of my prints are designed, cut, inked and hand printed by myself using a bamboo barren and the back of a wooden spoon and, as of recently, a custom-built printing press.
I am a proud member of Edinburgh Printmakers.