ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
FASHION AND FINE ART DESIGNERS
Q: How would you describe your art?
A: Fine art, fashion dolls, and photography.
Q: How did it start?
A: We always liked dolls, but when we were younger growing up in Russia, we didn’t really have access to any good ones... we used to play more with stuffed toys. Then we saw an ad for Barbie, and everything changed. We managed to get one and we started making clothes and accessories for her. In our second year at our architecture and art academy, our teacher asked us to visit a nearby doll exhibition. We were fascinated by that show; the dolls’ faces looked so real and everything was so delicate and natural. We found a tutor, took few masterclasses, and soon we were sculpting our own dolls. The fashion isn’t for humans yet, but that’s something we’d love to do, and hope to do in the future. We’d like to collaborate with a fashion brand too.
Q: Describe your process.
A: lt starts with choosing the theme of the collection – it could be elements of fantasy, fashion, and fetish. Then we start sketching a lot, gathering proper materials and information. Only once all the preparations are made do we start with prototyping the doll body and the outfits. Everything is handmade – no 3D [printing] involved. We believe in the magic of the human touch, which cannot be translated through computer modeling and printing. In our childhoods, we used to draw comic-book series. We had several characters who grew together with us that were humans with animal heads – for them we drew a lot of outfits and made up stories. Maybe one day we’ll release that book.
Q: What’s been your favorite moment so far?
A: There are so many things, it’s hard to separate events. It was a great experience and a lot of fun making dolls for Mr. Jean-Paul Gaultier. Louis Vuitton shoe designer Fabrizio Viti, and [rap-rave group] Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser are also collectors, which is very humbling.
Q: What makes you most happy, and why?
A: Moments when we feel the inspiration and creating something new. Nothing can compare to this energy.
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