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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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To be happy at foreign country

11866490_10205634350232637_4913902510680936128_nOften when I meet immigrants, they start to complain about their present life at a foreign country, how different new culture is and how they miss their homes. It makes me sad to hear this, because I think if you made decision to live at a foreign country, you need to do everything possible to understand it and to be happy.

That‘s why meeting with such person as Michelle is a life present to me. As it appeared, it wasn’t the first time Michelle gave interview, she was telling her life story before.

Michelle is a positive and active person and she shows that an immigrant can find happiness in a new country.

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Hair accessories in Ukraine

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Благодаря выставки товаров хенд – мейд “Комильфо” в Ильичевске познакомилась с чудесной женщиной Инной.
Инна продавала красивые головные украшения. И спустя несколько дней мы встретились для беседы об ее бизнесе.
Как оказалось, Инна предприниматель с 1999 года, на местном рынке она владеет двумя небольшими магазинчиками.

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“Android Hobby Programmers” by Martin Knudsen

Last year for an interview I met Martin Knudsen. Eventually we became good friends.

Already at that time he created apps and now I am happy to introduce you his first book about making apps and how to create of them hobby business.

So if you are thinking of creating and selling your apps, this book will be for you!

P.S. I got some updates about Martin’s life. Now he is teaching in Aarhus business academy and he is working about his new book about Android Wear. Recently he gave talk in Berlin.


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Беседа в дайвинг – клубе “Тайфун – Тим”

Благодаря своему хобби мне постоянно везет на людей, которые полны энтузиазма и любви к своему делу.

И недавно мне посчастливилось познакомиться с уникальными и очень интересными людьми – членами дайвинг – клуба «Тайфун – Тим». В Ильичевске около 100 человек увлекаются подводным плаванием, из них около 25 – посещают данный клуб.

За чашечкой ароматного чая они мне рассказали много удивительных историй, связанных с подводным плаванием.

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Interview with a postcard lover from Italy

24848643_m_bf0fea1c2cb0c99ce86245afbe0a83d0Being a member of couchsurfing for a long time, recently I joined a postcard club there. Very quickly it became a passion and I started to send postcards to every corner of the world. In the group I found post from couchsurfer member, who recently started her blog about postcards. I contacted her and she kindly answered my questions by email.

So meet today’s guest, Giuliana, age 23, from Italy.

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