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The craft of hand-spinning has been first introduced to me over four years ago by a Russian mistress and crochet artist. I then developed my skills during the journeys to Ireland and Iceland, where I connected with other spinners and worked with raw wool purchased on local farms.
I'm in love with the whole process of the slow yarn-making: from the birth of a lamb, through hand sheering, washing of wool, carding and finally spinning... All of it feels sacred to me - the ancient art that I wish to maintain and represent in the modern world.
I dream about hosting a flock of sheep, to develop relationship with them and use only their "home-grown fleece" for my yarns.
I am convinced that the care-based bond between human and animal is crucial for having to use any animal resources and I am looking forward to deepening that bond within my own life.
I spin slowly and deliberately in the comfort of my home studio. Each skein is unique and soaked with love. During the making process, I often sing or chant, sending intentions of peace, joy and artistic flow into my threads. I believe it to enhance and strengthen them, give some extra magic that is later transferred upon the artist who uses them.
I work with the Russian support spindles and usually make single-ply yarns. They are sometimes hand-dyed at home.
My yarns can be fluffy or even, lace weight or bulky, made from carded wool or raw fleece.
Although my favourite material is a simple raw wool, I also use other natural fibres, such as alpaca, silk, linen, cashmere, cotton and others.
I spin either in my home studio or in the garden, on the floor, in a supporting ceramic bowl, or with the help of a fabric spread across my lap.
Spinning has been definitely a meditative practice for me. It cleanses the spirit and creates a beautiful opportunity of tuning into my body. It also allows me to purposely focus on singing in a whole new dimension.
The act of spinning roots us in the present moment - it contributes to bringing more mindfulness and ease into our daily life, can work as a remedy for speeded times and be an alternative to a ready-supply industry. Spinning humbles the mind, recalling a vision of "how it used to be" - when each family had to slowly manufacture fibers of their own in order to remain warm and dressed.
I give spinning lessons for individuals and small groups.
Please, contact me for details :)