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Hi, my name is Galina and I live with my husband and two kids (6 and 9) in one of the most beautiful places in
, the Gold Coast. I have been
for more than 12 years, but my home country is Australia . Russia
I am passionate about flowers. I love capturing their beauty, forever, in leather, silk, satin and denim. A long time ago I was fond of making different things from leather, and mastered different technics of leather treatment and enjoyed making bags, belts, wallets, even moccasins! I ran my own workshop-club and enjoyed passing on my skills to other ladies.
So after more than10 years away from
I realised that I am still
passionate about creativity. Russia
Now I make flowers, from silk, satin and…of course, from my favourite material leather! Really, I don’t know why I decided to start making flowers, maybe because of modern fashion is very feminine like the 50 & 60’s. Maybe because of our beautiful nature we see flowers everywhere. Maybe, because I wanted to do something challenging for myself. I have never done flowers before…
I learned several technique making flowers from silk, bought set of tools and began work!
I am still learning, even though people admire my works. Unfortunately in this case you can only learn from your own mistakes. Often you spend not hours, if not days trying to realise some idea, but result will be so far from your dreams!
My best source of inspiration is Nature. I am walking with our dog, passing an azaleas bush, pick a flower and it helps me in my creative process. This is how I broaden my range of flowers. Next on my list are orchards and hibiscus.
I started only recently I have created shops on Esty and MadeIt. I have had some success on MadeIt. Esty is a huge site and it seems that you have to spend a lot of time creating Treasure Lists and chatting to be noticed. I would rather spend my time being creative. Like most creative people I like making things not selling things.
I have joined several local art and craft markets and it has been reasonably profitable. Unfortunately, the mentality of most market goers is to search for a bargain, I have had to make my work smaller and more basic to be profitable. It is frustrating for me. However, the markets are a good place to learn about what customers want and build a presence.
For silk flowers I can’t really compete with imports from
flowers are much nicer, but most customers don’t discriminate between my
hand-made flowers and cheap Chinese flowers. China
I am going to approach several boutiques as potential outlets. Now I try to remember to wear my brooches or hair clips every time, because when my friends see them they very often ask me to make the same. Facebook has been a good source of clients also especially for custom order. These are the jobs that I love the most. I have several orders to make fascinators for the races. I haven’t done this before so it will a bit of a challenge. However, I am sure that these jobs will be profitable and lift my profile.
I would like to achieve recognition doing what I love. In the future I want to run a workshop to pass on my skills as I am a talented teacher. I am passionate about this art and I know it will be as popular as in
Please visit my shops on MadeIt and Etsy and my Facebook page.