Galina is a graduate of a teachers’ college and theatre school and of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). It was in 2004 that she began doing patchwork. Galina taught textile techniques, and is a member of the Artists’ Union of the district around Moscow and of the Quilters’ Guild, and also the awardee of the “50+” festival prize in the “Education” category.
Galina has taken part and won prizes in a great number of international and Russian patchwork festivals and exhibitions. Galina has held solo exhibitions in the UK, France and Uzbekistan; her work has also been exhibited in The Netherlands and Japan. From 2009 on, Galina is conducting several solo exhibitions every year in the galleries of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Suzdal.
Galina’s quilts are art quilts, and she has mastered scores of textile techniques (puffs, boutis, boro, lyapachikha, chenille, pizza, origami, various kinds of applique, felting, beading, embroidery, and many more).
Everything Galina does, relates to her childhood. Before she was 13, the only kind of books she read were fairytales. I especially loved wonder stories, where there were miracles and magic transformations.
Her favourite topics are creativeness, beauty, love, hope, and revival, the marvelous in everything around us. Galina is making “association” quilts.
Intellectually, she is inspired by the world of ideas and concepts.
Emotionally, the entire world around her is inspiration. In designing her quilts, Galina always uses her experience as an actress. For her, patchwork is a theatre. In this theatre, she can be all at once – a dramatist, a stage director, a stage designer and an actor. The topic is the main thing, the way it resonates in the heart. After, and if, these vibrations begin, the image of the future quilt is gradually forming.
This emotional image attracts visual images, techniques, fabrics – their qualities and relations in terms of texture and colours. In other words, everything can be used as a means to convey perception of the topic.
Elektrostal, Moscow district (Russia)
Tatiana Sinitsyna is an architect. She is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Architecture, and she is pursuing her vocation from the time of her graduation until now. It so happened, however, that she was introduced to patchwork in the 1990s, and since then she gives most of her free time to her hobby, and has become really accomplished therein.
Tatiana took part in an exhibition for the first time in 1997, this was in the vicinity of Moscow. After that, her fabulous wall-hanging quilts had been shown in other cities of Russia: Vladimir, Kostroma, Tver, Penza, and Pskov.
Tatiana began with sewing quilts after traditional Russian lubok (woodcut prints). Generally, this is a folk art as it is, with a simple printing technique and laconic graphical means (with coarse-grained shading and vivid colours). There is often a long and detailed story with descriptive texts and accessory images beside the main one (complementing and explaining it) – one can see that all this can be an excellent source of inspiration for a quilt artist.
Then there was a period of religiously-themed wall-hanging quilts, when she expressed the themes of Russian orthodox icons through the means of patchwork, using the applique technique in the first place. In this way, she created her “icon” quilts, such as “Our Lady Orans of Kiev”, “Our Lady of the Don”, “Our Lady of Vladimir”, “Our Lady Great Panagia Orans of Yaroslavl”, “Our Lady with the Child Jesus, the Angel and Sergius of Radonezh”, “Saint George”, and “The Trinity”.
In course of time, Tatiana switched over to narrative and abstract quilts. That was when she made her wall-hanging quilts using the patchwork mosaic technique: “By the Water”, “Yearning”, “Appearance”, “The Drunken King”, “The Queen and the Jester”, “The Theatre. An Allegory”, “Hello all! I’m the Red!», “The Runner”, and those inspired by Japanese fan paintings: “Autumn”, “Waiting”, “Rain”, “The Longing Angel”, as well as still life quilts, and those with lettering and abstract compositions.
Meanwhile, the geography of her exhibitions was expanding. Tatiana’s work was shown in Belarus, Azerbaijan, Germany, France, Serbia, Mongolia and Vietnam.
The inexhaustible colour palette, the richness of shades and hues in combination with fabric textures, the possibility of experimentation — this is what attracts Tatiana Sinitsyna to patchwork.