My name is Victoria. I am a dressmaker, fashion designer and artist with broad experience in various crafts. I practice slow making. I try slow living.
I believe in energies that fill the Universe. Everything within us and around us is energy and any actions and thoughts of our is exchange of this energy with the surrounding world. I admire nature and everything I do is influenced and inspired by the powers of our planet.
I use only recycled, reclaimed and natural materials for all my unique designs. I have been practising recycled fashion since the age of 11, the only thing is, at that point of time I did not realise I was doing something cool, trendy and good for our planet. In post soviet society beginning of 90-s I spent my teenage years in with coupon system and extreme shortage of anything in the empty-shelve-shops that seemed to be the only way to get something new in my wardrobe. I remade my family’s unwanted old clothes into “new” skirts and dresses for myself knowing close to nothing about pattern cutting and going with my intuition and the eye rule to make my clothes look good.
I love the art of remaking and giving new life to something old and unwanted. I think that it is important to understand the consequences of our design processes, because any design, manufacturing and business practices affect unsustainable consumption patterns with products configuring consumers thus setting up incorrect energy exchanges between us and nature. Therefore sustainability is the main core of all my designs. Now making clothes on a more professional level I always try to practice “reduce-reuse-recycle” rule in my work, the habit I kept from those old days.
I happily do clothes repairs and alterations/transformations of any kind as well as designing and creating something new when there is a need for it.
I do not limit myself just to fashion. I create various little pretty things like fabric dolls, one of a kind handbags and other accessories, home décor objects and even jewellery. I believe that creativity has no limits!
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