Masha   Reprintseva siting in the studio

One of the most exciting things concerning embroidery work is that any embroidered piece, even being made in an awkward corner of a workshop, paradoxically, has a chance to live a long and noble life. It may live far longer than any human does.

I am Masha, born in Moscow in 1987.

Live in Kursk, Russia.

I am a self-taught, quite an avid learner, maker, tailor, embroiderer, work from home. I do not have a fancy studio, I have always thought that anywhere we find ourselves we are able to make a special corner for us and our own needs and crafts.

Since my childhood, I keep my hands busy with embroidery and sewing, stitching and making things. I have always been thinking that making something by your own hands gives a lot of opportunities for self-expression and creativity. While crafting, you do not only make some unique pieces, you also express the inner part of you, the outlook, putting a pinch of emotions - love and care.

For about 12 years I have been taught to be somebody else: a teacher of foreign languages, a linguist-researcher, a psychologist, through my inner side had another idea about all that stuff happening. 

I am very passionate about art. I feel fascinated by different kinds of making, the use of different media, materials, and techniques, styles, and proportions. I respect the rules and the traditions of classical art, at the same time, I adore the fluency and the pace of modern artists breaking these rules and setting their own. 

The world of art and craft - is another Universe for me, with no doubt. It is a refuge to hide from the fuss of everyday life and to heal emotional instability.  

Intuitively I used different crafts and artistic media for expressing myself, though my efforts were not widely understood and taken seriously. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Every artist was first an amateur”, the understanding of this idea keeps me going, learning and practicing, elaborating patience, the stability of emotions and the desire to learn more. 

I had understood that the process of making "heals" me and nowadays I try to explain this idea to those who experience the same feeling I had before, coping with impostor syndrome and lack of confidence in the professional sphere or choosing the natural way of living that has been calling them for quite a long time. I try to give support to those who need it. Through this, I develop some supportive energy for my own needs. It keeps me going.