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Corona talks 8. With a costume designer

Like many women I adore wearing dresses. And when I visit museums I enjoy looking at these beautiful pieces of craft.

Fashion exhibitions

In Denmark I visited fashion exhibitions at Egeskov castle, ”From queen’s garderobe” at Den Gamle by in 2018, ”Holger Blom – Danish couture in top-class” in Skanderborg in 2018. It was also fun to visit Middle Age festival in Horsens a couple of years ago.

I think like many characters in ” La belle Epoque” or ”Midnight in Paris” I would grab an opportunity to experience a certain time in a human history.

But some people don’t need a time machine to travel back in time.

Georgian dresses

Recently I started to follow a costume designer’s page, dedicated to historical dresses mostly from Georgian period (1714 – 1830).

”The Georgian era dress began to drape and flow. Corsets were discarded completely and the body was allowed to feel free and remain in its natural shape. A new style of gown called the chemise gown which was made of thin, flowing cotton usually of white or pastel in color came into the Georgian Fashion”.

I invited the designer for an interview and on a Sunday day we chatted.

So let me present a story about Julia Bennett.

She has connection both to the new and the old world. Her mother is German, and the father is from USA.

The childhood she spent in Germany, later moved to USA, where she lived for 16 years, and several years ago returned to Europe. She lives not far away from Frankfurt.

Julia had always have a great interest in fashion and history. When she was a child she attended local historical festivals and carnivals, wearing clothes from certain periods.

In high school in USA she got interest in drama and sewed several costumes for the school’s theater group.

Later on she graduated a college with a fashion design degree. There she had classes in history of costumes, where she learned about dresses from different eras.

After graduation the designer worked at a local theater, but after a marriage and the first child she had it difficult to work full – time.

Julia decided to start her small business out of her interest in costumes. →→→


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Corona talks 6. Art Enthusiasts London

During lockdowns in Denmark I started to follow pages of several art schools.

Online art school

One of them was Art enthusiasts London (don’t even ask me, how I found them, I guess, thanks facebook, that knows by preferences 😉

But then one online event really caught my eyes.

It was ”Portrait of Queen Elizabeth in oil pastels”.

By a school’s student

After the event it was decided to make a gift to Queen Elizabeth and to send her portrait they made together. Children could email their works, so collage will be part of the Christmas wishes to Her Majesty.

It sounded like a brilliant idea, and I just needed to learn more.

I contacted Art Enthusiasts, and to my relief Anastasia agreed for an interview.

It is always fun to know the people behind such fun, creative projects.

Paint like Monet

Kinda to be a real ” journalist” I followed one of the online workshop for ”Magpie. Claude Monet – Online Art Webinar for Children – 10 -13 ” (I didn’t have art classes when I was 13, so now, when I am a bit 13+ I felt I have just the right qualification for this course 😉

I didn’t follow live webinar, but it had one week record.

All I needed were paints, paper and 1,5 hour free time.

Of course, I was familiar with Monet (in Aros they even had a special exhibition ”Monet – lost in translation” in 2015 with artworks by different artists – impressionists), but I learned anyway some new details about his artwork from Anastasia’s presentation.

I enjoyed learning some new techniques to paint snow and shadows.

Anastasia had also two – way communication with young artists, who shared their process on the way.

Here is mine result, well, maybe it is not Monet level anyway, but I am kinda proud of it anyway. At least the bird looks fine!

Artist Anastasia Belous from Art Enthusiasts London

In new 2021 I ”met” Anastasia Belous on zoom, and the first question she asked me ”don’t you speak Russian?”.

Well, I do, so we switched to Russian, and to my greater surprise, Anastasia isn’t in London at the moment, she is in my hometown Odessa.

It appeared, that Anastasia was born in Kiev, and moved to Great Britain when she was 17 years old, she loves living in London and having access to its many art treasures, but she also visits her home country from time to time to see the family.

With the hard lockdown in Great Britain she decided to stay in Ukraine a bit longer, where there are more mild restrictions.

Anastasia is a professional artist, she graduated from the program Christie’s education (she studied both in London and New York), later she graduated from the University College London with Masters degree in History of art.

3 years ago she started an art school for youth, where they could learn about the great artists and their artistic styles. →→→


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Corona talks 5. With a jewelry maker from Riga

Today I was talking with Alisa from DALIS Jewelry.

Jewelry in museums

In the last years I’ve been found of beautiful jewelries, especially after living in Belgium and visiting diamond museums, like DIVA.

To tell by truth, in my early 20-ss I didn’t understand obsession with precious stones, until I visited Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (2008), and there was an amazing, but controversial exhibition of a human skull covered by 8,601 flawless diamonds. The artwork was named ” For the love of God” and made by artist Damien Hirst.

I remember it was a several – level security check and huge amount of people waiting in line; but that feeling, coming into totally black room, and the only light pointed to the diamond skull under the glass protection, that made diamonds shine in all colors of rainbow, is something that hunts me after all these years. The realization, that it was once a human being was scary, but at the same time it was unbelievable beautiful and magnificent.

“Diamonds have an image of purity and light. They are given as a pledge of love and worn as a symbol of commitment.” – Peter Singer

Instagram jewelry pages

So no wonder I started to love jewelry, and with the development of social media platforms I started to follow different instagram pages to get inspiration from these shiny things.

One of the pages I followed was Dalis jewelry.

When I started ”corona talks’ project I wrote a pm to hear if they would be interested to talk on zoom with me and tell about their project.

I got a ”yes”, so after some days I was able to talk with Alisa, who makes these jewelries.

One of the earrings I liked on Alisa’s instagram @dalis_jewelry were bright yellow ones from the summer collection.

During our zoom conversation I learned, that Alisa is as sunny and positive, as the jewelry she makes.


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Corona talks 3. Instagram interview with a German artist

Today I want you to present a story from Christian, a hobby artist from Germany.

I chatted with him on instagram and happy he wanted to take part in ”corona talk” for my blog. This article is a ”patchwork” of our conversations during the last day of 2020.

Christian has been interested in art since he was a child. However, it was neither clear to him that he could create such works of art, nor he dreamed of it.

He came back to art creation in April because he wanted to process a breakup.

” Back then, art was an outlet for me.

I just painted my first picture out of that impulsively”.


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Corona talks 2. Interview with an UX designer

Another guest of my ”corona” project is Brigitta, yet another member of ”Creative women’s club”.

Brigitta comes from Romania, she graduated at Business Academy in Aarhus, and after a year of looking for a job, she joined the team at ”Grundfos” as a consultant to build design systems.

Sgraffito Workshop

Actually, because of design she moved to Jutland 6 years ago. She wanted to study Multimedia design, but since such faculty didn’t even exist in her home country, she looked for other universities in Europe. The one in Aarhus sounded most exited. Business Academy (where Brigitta applied) offered 2-years program, where one can work with digital design, content production, user experience design, frontend development and frontend design.

When Brigitta got accepted and moved Scandinavia, she experienced a great cultural shock. For example, it was a new way to cooperate in teams, that one can have own opinion and disagree with professors, and there is no need in memorizing long texts.

Thanks to her hardworking skills, Brigitta got a job at the project and started her own design company. → →


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Corona talks 1. Interview with a creative engineer

Hello dear readers, I am happy to present some short stories about interesting people in Aarhus.

It was some time I wrote last article here on the blog. Life was busy with full – time job, ”Creative women’s club Aarhus” and family life.

But COVID -19 gave me a great opportunity to take online – interviews from some interesting people in the area.

Today’s guest is Magdalena.

Magdalena comes from Croatia, she moved to Denmark to study software engineering in Horsens in 2014. 2 years ago she graduated and got a job at ”Systematic”, which she changed to an opening position at start up company in Aarhus.


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Santhi Art

Many things happened in my life since my last post, but it doesn’t mean I stopped meeting interesting people in my daily life.

santhiToday I want to present you Santhi Maniam, an artist, an active member of the exhibitions, organised by ”Creative women’s club arhus”, exhibitions at her own gallery in Aarhus, active member of ”Spouse community Aarhus” etc. She was a participant at the exhibitions ”Inspired by Aarhus” in 2016, ”Inspired by nature” in 2017, ”Look closer” in 2018 at ”TedxAarhus”, plus solo exhibitions at her gallery.

  • Tell a bit about yourself, what is your background, and how did you end up in Denmark? 🙂

My name is Santhi Maniam and I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My professional background is in Training and Facilitation. I worked as a Training Specialist for many years and in 2009 decided to take a break and travel alone around Europe. That is when I met my husband and after travelling back and forth, we decided to get married and I settled in Denmark in 2011. Continue reading


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Hjælp syge børn

16939191_263130510781682_6943854093855623524_nPeople, who do more for others, than they should, always fascinated me. Today I want to present you an interview with Olha, Ukrainian, who started the charity organisation for ill kids.

  • Please tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Olha. I am just a common person. I live in Denmark with my husband and two children, working. The only I can say that I get great satisfaction from helping people, especially kids.

  • How long are you in Denmark?

I came to Denmark about 12 years ago to work on a farm, where I spent 5 years. At that time I met my future husband. Afterwards we moved to the city, I got education, married and started the life as we have it now.

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Куда нас приводят мечты… и как это происходит?

Good day everyone, English version of the story will come later, this is a Russian version of the story about Anna, who started her life from a new page several times, she started several companies, moved to another country, started there her publishing business and writes a book with her husband “How to create a TRUE partnership in marriage and in business?”

12439134_1064939546884269_4585328013358385476_nМеня зовут Анна Сандермоен. Фамилию свою я только что поменяла, потому что вышла замуж за человека из Норвегии и переехала жить к нему. Мы живем в Швейцарии. Раньше, пока я жила в России, даже представить себе не могла, что когда-нибудь откажусь от своей фамилии Чедия. Я думала, что не родился еще такой мужчина ради которого я бы отказалась от своей индивидуальности. Я всегда считала, что мое имя отражает мою индивидуальность. Из-за необычной фамилии, которая досталась мне по маминой линии от ее отца, моего дедушки, меня с детства часто дразнили в советских школах, но благодаря этому ощущение моей индивидуальности во мне только крепло. С тех пор как я встретила своего нынешнего мужа, для меня постепенно открылось иное понимание замужества: замужество для меня не связано с потерей индивидуальности или отказом от нее, напротив, я ее активно обогащаю и, мне кажется, (я надеюсь!) мой муж тоже. Для меня оказалось большой честью носить фамилию мужа, потому что таким образом я начала чувствовать себя и частью его семьи, и частью его страны. А для любого человека нет ощущения более ценного, чем ощущение принадлежности и причастности сообществу, которое не только тебя готово защитить, но также им можно и гордиться. То, что касается моей девичьей фамилии, я о ней почти не сожалею, потому что достижения и подвиги моих предков с этой фамилией были преданы страной забвению. Это стыд, позор и большая боль, но такова реальность.

Сейчас мне 42 года. У меня есть 11-летняя дочь от моего предыдущего гражданского брака в Москве. Она живет вместе с нами в Швейцарии и ходит здесь в местную школу.

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11960007_1193632230653477_694093874363263190_nThis grey Danish Sunday I want to write about sunny Anastasia Takki, painter, designer, author of books and creative studying programms for grownups and children.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Anastasia. And it happened for me to be born as a painter. My parents tried many times to direct me for more ‘earth’ professions, but they didn’t successed. From 6 years old I started to sew dresses for my dolls, and from 16, I sewed clothes for myself and my classmates.

I design products as long as I remember myself. I tried all directions in this area from polygraphics to interior design. Because my love to fashion I started to study master’s degree at Lomonosov Moscow State University, where my lecturer was famous fashion critic Aleksandr Vasilev.

And then a miracle happened. I wrote a book, and it was published at one of the biggest Moscow publishing offices, and to my love to fashion I added love to writing.

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