Lidiya Retivskaya - Russian straw patchwork, straw patinting.
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 Tamanskiy Poluostrov, Krasnodar Krai, Russia

For many years good opinion of people about my work has opened the door for me to the world.
As a disabled woman, I find this door the only way to converse with people, and it was created by straw patchwork.  

In Kuban region they call me the Master of folk-art.
Usually such people are those who start from scratch, with anything they have close by.
Without instructions from experienced people, such artists gain skills and develop their gift to perfection by themselves.
For such people one lifetime is not enough to fulfill all their creative dreams.
Still, a true artist can complete a great number of ideas.
Love for creating turns fatigue from intricate work into the joy and satisfaction from the process of creation.

Things created with love carry some magic power to those who take such things to their homes; they brighten the atmosphere in the house.
The folk art is the root which feeds any other refined and high-class culture, no matter how far they grew. 

Decorative art of straw patchwork teaches us to admire the beauty of the world.
By these tiny pieces a masterpiece can be created,
and we learn to understand that even a tiny dry straw can add to the glory of the world.

I gladly share secrets of my art and am happy if I can help someone.
The soul becomes rich with generosity and compassion.
“Those who give are happy” is a wise saying.

 

When I was young, I was condemned to the limited world of disability.
I needed something to do with my time, some aim to live for.
Never wanting to be idle, I tried different things,
but only by doing straw patchwork did I realize my life’s calling.
I had found myself.

I love life, people, nature, the Earth.
The love I have in my heart, I share with people through my works.

I love Russia and admire the rich spirit in Russian culture.

The guiding star of all my life is Love.

This is what I think:  We are here to conquer difficulties.  
God sends enough good people and opportunities in life; just do not ask for more than you need.
If you have problems, instead of complaining, try to understand the reason for them. 
In most cases, all our troubles are caused by ourselves.

I know that I need to work, and the rest will be given to me by God. 
I feel happy because happiness is the state of the soul, and this state can be reached by work a person really loves.
And this is the way of the soul to perfection.

 

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