Over the last few weeks we have been creating art inspired by Russian and Ukranian culture, which we are dedicating to those Ukranian people displaced, injured and killed since the invasion, or forced to take up arms in defence, to those people demonstrating for peace in Russia, and to the mothers of Russian soldiers forced to fight in this horrific war.
A Motanka doll is a traditional Ukrainian talisman, providing protection. There are many different types, given to people at different festivals, and these are made of different coloured fabrics related to the festival or type of protection. They are made by women, at different times in the lunar cycle, without using needles or scissors but simply by winding thread.
We created paintings in gouache and also made dolls using the traditional technique.
We also painted Russian dolls called Matryoshka.