Redecorating life into creations that tell a story
Maybe you've seen those little babushka dolls, consisting of a wooden hollow doll holding a smaller replica inside which, in turn, holds an even smaller one, and so on. Well, I think people are in a way similar to those babuskas. Each person consists of a number of persons-in-the-person. That is to say: we all have different roles to play in our lives.

If I look at my own person, I can claim at least four of these roles: I'm an unreachable daughter, a close-but-distant girlfriend, an uncontrollable creator and an open-minded traveler. When I'm working on my designs, all these roles unite into one single force that moves my brush on the canvas. It's like a strong wind that gathers up my experiences, whirling them into a creation. These experiences range from my relationship with my parents or my boyfriend to people I've come across while I was traveling. Or it could be something I see when I'm strolling around the city or the woods.

All these different experiences and different roles result in different kinds of artwork. Sometimes, when I feel I'm absorbing the thoughts and feelings of others, my art is an expression of the chord they struck with me. At other times, I just want my art to blend in with its surroundings, like a chameleon adapting to its environment.

In spite of my different roles, all of my babushka dolls are made of the same wood. Ever since I was a little girl, I've felt the need to do things my way. Not selfishly, but instinctively. This authenticity has opened a lot of doors for me. Take traveling, for instance. I love discovering strange lands, other cultures and different people. (Read more about my experiences in China.) And the more I travel with a willingness to be touched by the great unknown, the more I realize that we're all connected. We all have a need for warmth, closeness and acceptance.

This vision comes across in my creations. They all seek to touch their beholders. Not necessarily by conveying a deeper meaning, but surely by reflecting the universal values that contribute to the quality of life. Ultimately, it's up to the owner of my works whether what I create is fashion statement or a piece of art. I think this is a beautiful thing: I share my vision in my creations and others make them their own.