Born in Moscow, Russia, I came to Edinburgh 15 years ago to complete my master's degree and now call it home.
In the past, I've worked with different mediums such as pastels, charcoal and watercolours but with the arrival of our daughter and the (occasional) downtime that entailed I rediscovered the linoprint and totally fell in love with it. To me, it's 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.
I find my inspiration in things that interest me: music, books, history and retro fashion. Beginning of the 20th century and 50s-70s are, perhaps, my two favourite eras, I find their aesthetics and culture absolutely fascinating and often find myself going back to them in my prints.
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 member of Edinburgh Printmakers.