{the interview series} Olga Inoue

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Hoje tenho como convidada uma pessoa muito especial... Olga Inoue, russa, professora de vocação e artista de coração, encontra inspiração no mundo que a rodeia de forma extremamente sensível e brinda-nos com criações nos mais variados materiais e técnicas - porque mais importante do que chegar a um destino pré-definido o mais rápido possível, é aproveitar bem a viagem, com calma... inspirem-se com as palavras de Olga!

Mas antes... deixo-vos com a revelação do vencedor do giveaway Daniel Moreira.
Entre 45 entradas o site random.org decidiu que o leitor sortudo seria o número 13 - Parabéns Adriana!
Consultem o update no final do post da semana passada, com o anúncio do vencedor. Muito obrigada a todos os participantes e novos seguidores - e se não venceram desta vez continuem a testar a vossa sorte em próximas oportunidades!

[Este post pertence à rubrica semanal {the interview series}, onde publico uma nova entrevista todas as quartas-feiras, com artistas e bloggers inspiradores que admiro, de acordo com o espírito handmade e um estilo de vida criativo. Tornem-se fãs no facebook e não percam nada!
Por motivos óbvios de extensão e compreensão do texto, tanto pelos entrevistados como pelos potenciais leitores do resto do mundo, a entrevista segue em inglês.]

Today I have as a guest a very special girl... Olga Inoue, Russian, teacher by vocation and artist at heart, finds inspiration in the world that surrounds her in an extremely sensitive way and presents us creations in various materials and techniques - because more important than reaching a pre-set destination as fast as possible, is to enjoy the journey with calm... get inspired by the words of Olga!

But before... I leave you with the name of the winner of Daniel Moreira giveaway.
Among 45 entries the site random.org decided that the lucky winner would be number 13 - Congratulations Adriana!
Check the update at the end of last week's post with the announcement of the winner. Many thanks to all participants and new followers - and if you didn't win this time, keep testing your luck at the next opportunity!
[This post belongs to the weekly feature {the interview series} where I publish a new interview every wednesday with inspiring artists and bloggers I admire, according to the spirit of handmade and a creative lifestyle. Become a facebook fan and don't miss a bit!]

Olga Inoue | my white room
site | blog | shop | my white room russian group | facebook | flickr

1. Let’s pretend we don’t know each other and I’ve never heard about Olga Inoue. Tell us a bit about yourself.
hello, my name is olga and i am a teacher and a person who loves handmade, home made things, nature. it is all about it, really, and if try to say more i will end up with the same words.

2. You studied psychology and worked for a few years with children as a Montessori teacher. When and why did you begin crafting?
right, during first four years i was just working at one place and studying a lot, but when i graduated it felt like i missed something, so i created some kind of a plan, lessons for children, based on some montessori principles, which included many facts about our world. so i went to the kids development center and showed them an idea. they loved it and that's how i started to have short evening smart art lessons, in a while, in few places. one thing led to another and when we were making paper clay fox-pins i posted pictures on my page in order to show photos of my class. and i got first orders! after that, i could not stop and crafting became for me one more passion in life.

3. Your art is delicate and subtle. What inspires you to create?
it`s easy to say - everything. but it`s true. while working at the montessori school i learnt not only how to communicate  with children, but how to listen and watch every little thing around myself. my inspiration is nature, children, the way they see things and talk. their art. countries, weather, changing seasons. and words i hear from people, i’m very sensitive, so i can be moved easily, inspired by anything.

4. You like to explore several forms of art, from drawing to jewelry making and photography. Is this a way to reach an end or is it the process part of the art itself? What would you like to experiment in the future?
when i see something, i want to remember it, show it to people in the way i feel, so i take a camera or a pencil, it does not really matter because the moment i do it, there is no such thing in my head like i'm working on something certain. i’m going to buy a pottery wheel soon, my dream of making bowls and simple sculptures has been following me for a long time. instead of putting old parts together to make jewelry, i want to be able to cut brass and copper, create my own shape, so this is my next step as well. and i miss teaching a lot, so i hope one day i'll have a small studio of my own, with montessori shelves and some wooden games and materials for children made by me. i have so many things on my mind now, but maybe it`s quite enough for a year.

5. Your art is clearly inspired by nature, from the themes you like to explore to the materials you choose – dried leaves, pebbles, wood, glass, clay, ceramics, graphite and watercolor… Do you have a favorite medium? Which raw material challenges you the most?
i really can not choose, but first thing that came out - wood, for a moment, because i like touching things, and wood is warm and alive. but i am in love with every single material you`ve mentioned. for every dream or thought there is a defined one i want to use.

6. Tell us about the lovely “nature letter” project.
i am truly happy with this project. sometimes i think if you’re open to opinions and you care for every person that comes to you, the right thing will come along. i did not do anything on purpose, just got some people who were bringing me flowers, little presents, bits and pieces and once i made a present for one of them, using dried tiny flowers. then, it happened again and again. and being so crazy about discovering new things about nature i haven`t seen yet i made a project out of it. right now i am waiting for a few nature letters to arrive. and everyone who likes this idea is more than welcome to join.

7. What is creating for you: a profession, a passion, a necessity, a life style or a hobby?
it is a part of life, inseparable from me . and it seems like i do not isolate the things i do from each other, but feel it like the harmony of current life. i've been waiting for this to happen. and i`m feeling it now.

8. Through your shop your creations travel all around the world! What means do you use to promote your work?
I have this russian group, where i have an amount of people, who buy my things not once, they kept coming back with nice words, telling their friends and after a few months i had this team, if i may say, and it is a pleasure to know them. some people mean more to me than i could ever imagine. i opened my etsy shop only in the beginning of this winter, also started writing in my blog to tell about things i do. i enjoy meeting people like this, through their stories, photos and selling things here is somewhere behind. i hope it will stay there.

9. Would you share with us a regular day at work?
for now, while working at home for the last six months - the first thing i do when i wake up - go to the table, take a photo of the things i made the evening before. and then, after breakfast, i pack some orders and if there is something on my mind turn on music or movie, start working slowly. some days i just leave home early in the morning and go somewhere green to draw.

10. Would you give us a glimpse of your working space? Describe it and tell us what you love most about it.
i have this ikea kitchen table - higher than usual, one with a shelf for my boxes and that’s where everything is. i love just standing beside it, taking parts and making things. during last two years we moved a lot, but my working place hasn`t changed a lot, there was a windowsill near it every time, where i kept my flat botanical containers and wooden tray for cards and paper bags. also, a big white magnet board where i keep all the things i like - letters from children, fabric cuts, stamps, dried leaves, rotate them, make a new display.

11. Share your passions and hobbies with us.
i started learning japanese a couple of years ago and still, this is my passion. i had to pause for a year, but now i’m so into it, and whole japanese culture, sumi-e, poetry, rythm of life. besides, i adore all crafts, childrens books and educational exercises, montessori materials. and some more - botany, watercolors, forest walks, swimming, gardening, teaching.

12. You live in Moscow, Russia - tell us about what you love most about it. Would you like to live anywhere else one day?
we moved here only six months ago because of my boyfriend’s job, for me this city is too loud and crowded but i like living here - i am with the person i love and have all this free time of my own i had never had before. but in future we want to be closer to nature and have a chance to live somewhere else in europe.

13. If you could live in any historical era of your choice, what would it be? Why?
i think it would be eighteenth century or 50’s of nineteenth because of the poets, poems, letters, their cloths and slowness of life when people could really see how the seasons were changing and distances were far and if you were heading somewhere you needed time.

14. What advices would you give to someone who would also like to become an artist?
the most obvious thing - follow your own thoughts, your heart. do the things you like.

15. What are your plans for the future? And your most unrealistic dreams?
for now i do not know where we are going to live, but i am sure there will be children, a big house, studio, filled with sunlight and lots of things to do. my dream is to live in japan. not always, but stay there to feel how the life goes, settle for a while.

Now a quick question and answer game so we can find a bit more about you and your tastes!
Tell us one:

book: children’s
music: nina simone
movie: good will hunting
personality/artist: my parents
color: white, every
object: cabin in the woods
animal: moose
drink: water
food: buckwheat and rice, japanese
season of the year: every
travel destination: japan
piece of clothing: soft coat, hood, dark
secret: ...

Thank you for sharing your world of wonder with us, Olga!


  1. i LOVED this interview!

    every piece of olga's work are so full of soul...
    i have some of her pieces and i always feel beautiful when i wear them : )


  2. What an interesting interview!

  3. Thanks a lot for that interview...so interesting!I love Olga 's sensitive work.

  4. thank you for this interview!
    it' s nice to know a little more about Olga's beautiful work & about Olga too!

  5. great interview, thank you both!

  6. Her work is so delicate.. "sens of nature", great interview!

  7. Love her work! And this was a delightful interview!


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