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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 7. An optimistic doll maker

These past weeks I think I’ve been more productive with my hobbies, than in the whole 2020.

I am really enjoying ”corona talks” with fantastic people from all around globe.

I started to know people behind instagram pages, and I feel grateful both for their time and trust, when they let me in their inner world.

I followed Elena’s page for some time now, and I got inspired by the beautiful toys she was making.

Elena is a person with an inner light, that makes world better. We talked for almost 2 hours. I have almost forgotten about the world pandemic, so exiting was the interview with this talented person.

It took me a time to write this article. It is a hard challenge to describe Elena’s inner world with my simple words. But hope you will get the impression about this versatile woman.

I got an exclusive online tour in Elena workshop, she showed me her working room, paintings, hanging there, and the inspirational items.

Elena lives near Ekaterinburg, and she was creative for all her life, graduated from a collage with a degree as a technologist in sewing.

She was working in the profession till retirement.

Previous jobs

One of the jobs she has was to design and sew gymnastic costumes.

When she told me how she started her little business, it seems to me there were many small steps to her current life.

It started with the dress. In Elena family they have a folk dress, that was transferred from generation to generation. Elena’s mother got it from her great grand – mother. The dress was even buried, when Germans occupied Orlov region in the Soviet Union during Second World War.

She treasures the dress and it waked her interest to the traditional folk dresses in general. In one of her visits to Moscow Elena attended an exhibition dedicated to these dresses.

It inspired her to sew dolls in Russian dresses.

After she retired, there was more free time to dive into the doll making.


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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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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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Mandalas from dressmaker

14543358_10154115731929542_316999253_nAfter I created a club for talented women in Aarhus, I am blessed with interesting meetings everyday.

This late Friday story is dedicated to an amazing person Catherina. She is one of the loveliest, funniest and kindest people I have met in my life.

Catherina is from Malaysia, but her family originally comes from India.

6 years ago, on the internet, she met a Danish guy, and they started to chat on everyday topics. Half a year later they decided to meet each other in person. Catherina flew to Denmark for the first time to meet her future husband. This couple doesn’t have an easy romantic story. All this time they had to fly thousand of kilometers to see each other. But in the end they decided, that they love each other no matter of distance, languages and cultures. They got married last year.

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Blogger’s first book

8grulxxjx1iMany articles I dedicated to other people.

But on this special day I want to write about myself.

Why is it day special? Because today I released my first book on amazon. And I would be very grateful, my dear readers, if you will support my project.

A little bit about me. I am Ukrainian, who is living in Denmark.

All my school years I was dreaming about travelling, and when I was 19, I found aupair job in Belgium. That year changed direction of my life. I understood how I enjoyed working with kids, I met many people from all over the world and they showed me the diversity of this planet.

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Handmade toys by Ksenia

eczwzqbo1hgToday’s guest of the blog is Ksenia, who creates beautiful toys.

Ksenia is from the city Izhevsk (Russia).

Her most bright childhood memories are from the times, when her father helped her and her sister to make different creative things. As when they did a frog from a tree fungus, by adding paper legs and button eyes.

So nobody was surprised when Ksenia decided to study at art school and later at art pedagogical department at the university.

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Designer of handbags and future writer

13925631_1114926628568257_3092809729178924031_oToday I want to present you story by Elena. She struggled in her life, but her optimism and hope helped her to achieve new goals and dreams.

Good day everyone, my name is Elena. I am 35 years old. I am married for 18 years and I have a 13 years old son. My men are my team.

Now we live in the USA, where we came 3 months ago.

We love warm and sunny Florida, where summer, ocean and smiling people are all year around.

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