July 2011 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS OF FAMILY PHOTOS
I would like to create a large piece entitled “This is not a Tymoshenko braid!” with a compilation of old or new photos of women with their hair braided peasant-style. If you would like to contribute, take a glance into your family history and dig around in some old photo albums. I would love to hear and see what you discover!
This is me
I am interested in learning how to make things of beauty and value with my hands.
I am interested in the stories of the past.
I cherish the way the old, and even ancient, is preserved and brought to life in colourful ways.
I am interested in learning, practicing and understanding antiquated forms of folk art and craft: traditional forms of embroidery, weaving, pysanka writing and bilyj holos singing… herbal healing and organic living…
If you are interested in these things as well, drop me a line! Folk culture is inclusive and it’s richness comes from sharing. Please share! (comments, questions, links and advice)
a little more about me:
I completed teaching and bachelor degrees at York University with a personal concentration on Canadian and Eastern European history and literature. That sounds pretty boring but the good thing was that I got to read some pretty cool Russian lit and see some incredible East-Europ. films. Add in the Orange Revolution, my first trip to Ukraine, and all that got me really hooked on Slavic culture.
After graduation, I moved to Eastern Europe, first to the Czech Republic, then to Ukraine. I lived there for two years working and exploring my Slavic roots. I travelled as much as I could and I met and saw amazing people and places that inspired me to keep exploring. I got to hike mountains, ride trains and bike through enchanting forests. I observed the folk traditions of my people, the Slavs and fell in love (with it all). I’ve been back in Canada now for a little while but I’m still as much in love with my folk as ever… Trying to engage in the living folk tradition as much as possible!