I have a degree in fashion design and I worked in my own design studio for 15 years. After the Chinese invasion of the fashion industry started 20 years ago, I decided to close my business because I couldn’t compete with their low prices anymore. I wasn’t alone in this situation.
It’s normal nowadays that enthusiastic young people start their own business, but after 5 years they have to close it down, because it isn’t possible to get enough clients for the same reason I mentioned – people are buying cheap clothes from the internet.
My other profession as a Helsinki guide (for which I also have a degree) has gone down the drain too, now because of the coronavirus. No more tourists out there…
Anyway, now that I have started a new page in my life, I think it was a sign of fate.
I am happy now because I am free not to do things I do not want to do. I am free to do whatever I want. This is real happiness, in my opinion.
I can paint, read and write books, design clothes for my friends or myself, do graphic works and photography.
PS. People can buy cheap art from China too 😦
I am interested in philosophy, history, human experiences such as depression, loneliness, bipolarity, relationships between people, and other kinds of human emotions. There is a hint about such things in my paintings or drawings.
My profession as a fashion designer influenced my approach to works.
I was born in a small village in Belorussia. For the last 30 years, I live and work in Finland, Helsinki.
With best wishes