I’ve long admired Marina’s work and was chuffed to bits when she agreed to appear as a featured maker on my blog. Read on and enjoy.
How did you get into feltmaking? … About three years ago I saw a product made from felt in the Hermitage museum (St.Petersburg, Russia) there was an unusually beautiful carpet. I was very much interested by this technique, I began to study felt and now this is my basic employment, a hobby, work, love and life.
Where do you get your inspiration from?…. I have tried many times to answer this question myself…. The inspiration comes itself, I take the wool in my hands, I touch it, I look over different colors and an image of the future product appears before my eyes.
Which colours do you like and which do you never use and why?…My most favourite color is turquoise,the least I love is pink, but I use all colors.
What is your favourite technique and why?….My most favourite technique is nuno felting, because only in this technique is it possible to receive such variety and richness of texture.
What’s your biggest frustration?….Probably it waits for me ahead!?
Do you sell your felt and if so where can people buy it?….Yes, I sell my felt here http://www.FeltedPleasure.etsy.com/
Do you teach if so what do you like about teaching and how can people book workshops?….I don’t teach a felting. Maybe in the future..
What is your top tip for anyone thinking of selling their goods?….Quality! This most important thing. Sincere desire to please the buyer. I will underline – sincere!
What other crafts / hobbies do you pursue?….I like to knit and to crochet.
What makes you sad?….I am very upset when I see people who copy another’s ideas without permission and sell absolutely poor-quality products.
What makes you happy?….Possibility to communicate with nature makes me happy most of all.
If I had time I’d like to ……I have enough time to do what I want
Thank you so much Marina, for someone who’s first language is not English you write it very well. Your work is inspiring and I think you’re possibly the first crafter I’ve come across that doesn’t wish for extra time to do more things.