[ s l o w y a r n s - s p i n n i n g f o r p e a c e ]
;The craft of hand-spinning has been first introduced almost five 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. Since then I've been interested in using only the wool from conscious sources, where animals haven't been harmed or were not merely intended to serve human's business.
I'm in love with the whole process of the slow yarn-making: from the birth of a lamb, through hand sheering, washing the wool, carding and then 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 of the animal resources and I am looking forward to deepening these bonds within my own life.
I usually spin 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, and give some extra magic that is later transferred upon the artist who uses them.
I work with the Russian support spindles and usually make loosely twisted, single-ply yarns. I sometimes hand-dye them 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 sheep wool, I also use other natural fibres, such as alpaca, linen, organic cotton and dog's fluff.
I spin either 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 for 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, it can work as a remedy for speeded times and be an alternative to the ready-supply industry.
It humbles me to recall a vision of the "old times"- when each family had to slowly manufacture fibres of their own in order to remain dressed and warm. I keep that image in my heart and wish encourage others to create a more intimate relationship with the fibres that can later become their clothes.
I give spinning lessons for individuals and small groups;
Please, contact me for details :)