Fabulous patchwork by Suzdal textile artist Maryana Zolotova
Textile artist Maryana Zolotova
Born in Suzdal, talented craftswoman Maryana Zolotova graduated from the Suzdal Art Restoration School in 1990. There she studied watercolor, oil and pastel painting techniques. According to Maryana, her love for patchwork appeared when she was a schoolgirl. First, she sewed a cadaver crow for a friend for her birthday. Then a big monkey appeared, and a little caricature doll for a teacher. “I will never forget my first mini-exhibition at school. It consisted of 10 toys, and I was proud of myself. Organized by my teacher Olga Grigorievna Knokova, who played a big role in my creative life”.
Later, when Maryana became a mother, she sewed clothes for her child, decorated them with applique and patchwork. In addition, she continued to make dolls in national Russian costumes.
Although she likes to make dolls, toys, bags, panels and bedspreads, yet the panel is her special love. “My favorite pastime brings me joy and the desire to come up with new characters.” However, the artist does not work with the sketches, and her work, as inspiration, is born in the process.
Meanwhile, the first patchwork festival took place in Suzdal, which became annual. Mariyana is a regular participant of this festival and art exhibitions.
Suzdal is a very beautiful city, which inspires her creativity. Everything is beautiful in this ancient Russian city! “All my life I see and admire. It is impossible not to sew work with temples and of course with angels …