When and why did you start doing tapestry?
From an early age, I was interested in everything that happens in my parents' workshops. I grew up in a creative environment and was imbued with this atmosphere. For me, the choice was very natural and I really like what I do.
What is the interconnection between traditions and innovations in your work?
In my ornamental works, I rely on the basic traditional principles of composition, the nature of lines and shapes. I use ancient technology and natural materials – but I take traditional themes and motifs and shape them with new meaning. I create modern tapestries that fit into the contemporary interior.
What advice can you give to young people who want to start in tapestry?
Be patient. Find a good teacher and mentor. This craft is transmitted only during live communication. It is necessary to constantly improve, develop and work tirelessly on mistakes. Realise the value and uniqueness of the craft and the importance of its preservation.
Is Ukrainian traditional tapestry under threat of extinction?
Sadly, it is. The world has become very fast and dynamic, and creating a tapestry requires a lot of time, effort, patience and a high level of skill. Also, there are fewer and fewer bearers of tradition and master artisans. The breeds of sheep from which the necessary yarn is produced are also disappearing.