Friday, June 29, 2012

Meet the Artist Giveaway: Daria Lvovsky

It's time for another Meet the Artist giveaway, and it is my pleasure to introduce you the amazingly talented fiber artist, Daria Lvovsky

Daria Lvovsky at Serendipity Handmade blog

Her beautiful needle-felted creations are truly a wonder to behold.  Daria shared some interesting facts about herself and her artistic inspirations in the interview that follows.
  
Collette:  Please tell us a little about yourself.

Daria:  I'm forty years old and mom to three of the sweetest girls aged  three, five, and eight years old:

Dari's lovely girls

I was born in Minsk, Belorussia and I spent a large part of my life there.  I went to the University of Minsk and studied biology, and before I became a fiber artist my first profession I taught and did research in biology and ecology.

I later moved to a new country in which I decided to build my nest. During my first visit to Israel I fell in love with the country, people, colors, and the special energy of the place.

Flowers Fairy by Daria Lvovsky at Serendipity Handmade blog
 
A bit later I fell in love with my tour guide, Sasha, who became my husband. I was pretty sure that I would keep working in science field but when I gave birth to my eldest everything changed.

While trying to find the best kindergarten for my child I encountered the Waldorf philosophy of education. When I began doing research about Waldorf it very soon became a self-analysis as though I were looking in a mirror.  Looking at my reflection I had a dialogue with myself and I suddenly realized that I was not a scientist, but an artist. I realized then that all my life I was really an artist but only now am I breaking out the shell of my former life.

Collette: How did you become a fiber artist?

Daria:  Before I changed my life direction I worked a bit in ceramics and clay sculpture, not as a professional but as an amateur.  In an attempt to find the most expressive materials I have tried wood, ceramics, and even metal.  The clay fascinated me, but the moment in which I felt wool in my hands it was like being reborn!

Daria Lvovsky in her studio

I first started making dolls for my daughters’ kindergarten, and continued by making characters for nature scenes, and finally began making animals to replace the stuffed and mounted taxidermy animals in so-called “natural” exhibitions.

Koalas by Daria Lvovsky at Serendipity Handmade blog
Lion by Daria Lvovsky at Serendipity Handmade blog


Collette:  Your animal figures are particularly beautiful as well as truly lifelike.  Do you have a favorite piece or pieces? What inspires your work?

Daria:  I love all of my creations and I realize that they’ve been growing with me.  I'm not sure that I have favorites, just like any mother who hardly can say whom among all her children she loves most!

Goose Girl by Daria Lvovsky at Serendipity Handmade blog

As for inspiration, sometimes my Etsy customers supply wonderful ideas when they ask me to create custom items like dolls and tapestries that have never been done before.

Climbing Gnome by Daria Lvovsky at Serendipity Handmade blog

I have a very strong feeling that this kind of art has no limits and is kind of endless, like the ocean. I'm grateful to my faith which has opened this wide ocean in front of me.

Nativity by Daria Lvovsky at Serendipity Handmade blog

Isn't Daria's work incredible?  I feel so blessed to have met her via her shop, Art of Felting.  I now have a lovely Nativity set just like the one pictured above.

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As a special treat for Serendipity Handmade readers Daria has generously offered a beautiful one-of-a-kind needle-felted Shepherd, initialed by the artist, as a giveaway prize:


When the lucky winner receives his or her prize, won't it be a little bit like Christmas in July?!

This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on July 10th, 11:59 PM EST.  I'll announce the winner on July 11th.  I'm using Rafflecopter to manage entries for the first time so entering the giveaway should be easy for everyone -- all you need is an email address!

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Good luck! 


7 comments:

  1. So many beautiful creations to choose from. I have decided on the Geisha, but I also loved the fairy mother and child, and the goose girl.

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  2. It was so hard to choose - such fabulous designs! thank you for the interview and giveaway - I love the Santa Lucia tree topper!

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  3. Beautiful ! I love the Sheperd. Thank you for the inspiration !

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  4. Wednesday AddamsJuly 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Those three little witch dolls are adorable :D

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