We feature some of our favorite Etsy artists in our latest catalog, including Olga Khomenko’s geometric fabric sculptures. Read our interview with the artist behind the OsikOsik shop, and see more of this Ukraine-based artist’s work…
What’s your history as an artist, and how did you develop these singed fabric sculptures?
I have been interested in art since I was a child. I guess I always knew that I wanted to be an artist, but it took me a while to find my medium and technique.
My educational background lies in Graphic Design and Art History. Although I have never formally studied sculpture, it always interested and fascinated me. I loved working with polymer clay and papier-mâché and creating mixed media sculptures. Textiles were another thing that interested and inspired me, but since I’m not good at sewing I mostly used fabrics in collages…
I started working with singed fabric about four years ago. I loved the look of singed edge, the way fabric turned into something similar to plastic. I started experimenting with fabrics more, trying different ways of singeing, different widths of fabric strips, different angles, temperatures, etc.
At first I was creating flat jewelry and accessories from these singed fabric strips. Then I decided to try and make something three-dimensional and that’s how I started creating singed fabric sculptures. My technique is constantly growing and evolving – every day I find new ways to work with textiles. Recently I’ve started using fabrics as paint, melting them onto paper.
What has been inspiring you, recently?
I’m currently working on a series of small-scale singed fabric sculptures, inspired by stones, minerals and especially meteorites. I’m really drawn to the abstract shapes of the rocks, as well as their beautiful, textured surfaces.
What is your studio space like?
I don’t have a separate space, so my room is my studio. I guess I can describe it as a bit chaotic. I try to keep everything organized, but I usually work on several pieces simultaneously, so I always end up having sculptures standing on every horizontal surface of my room, drawings lying everywhere, paintings propped against the walls. For me it’s the most efficient way of working: when I get tired of working on one piece I move on right to the other one. Plus, seeing a sculpture or a painting from a different distance or a different angle is the best way to keep a fresh eye.
Where do you live in the Ukraine? What are some of your favorite local places?
I live in Cherkassy – it’s a lovely picturesque city located on the bank of Dnieper River. I love going to the beach, the scenery there is really beautiful. It takes me less than fifteen minutes to get there, so whenever I feel like I need some extra inspiration I go to the river. There are also a lot of beautiful parks in the city and there’s even a forest nearby.
Do you have a personal motto?
Flaws, mistakes and imperfections are starting points of great new ideas.
I think that’s what being an artist is really about: aiming for perfection, but never quite reaching it, so you are constantly growing, evolving and finding new ways to express yourself.
Read about all of our catalog-featured Etsy artists here!