In the end of 2015 Yaroslav Misonzhnikov a designer from Saint-Petersburg took part in an unique project. The aim of the project was reincarnation of folk crafts. 5 Russian designers had started collaboration with 5 Russian manufactories that do the «Khokhloma» painting, «Gzhel» ceramics, «Zhostovo» painted metal and «Vologda» lace, famous from all over the World symbols of Russian Folk Art.
Yaroslav developed collection of objects for women lives. The name of collection is «Katerina» and it was an folding fan with using of «Vologda» laces, mirror and a comb. To start, he visited the lace manufactory in Vologda and learned the traditional technique of lace making. He read a lot about it and once he found out in a book of Nataliya Abushenko an interesting fact, that in 1883 The Russian Empress Mariya Fedorovna was gifted with an amazingly beautiful folding fan made of lace. Yaroslav started to think about making the thing that is not often used nowadays with an old technique but to give it a modern look. So, he made lace folding fan, mirror and comb.
Lace pattern was based on an existing traditional element. Precise geometry of pattern perfectly combined with a minimalistic form of the fan. By using thread of different thicknesses was achieved the «gradient» effect, which is very popular in graphic and product design.
«My collection was called «Katerina» and dedicated to my granny (her name was Katerina Ivanovna), who lived in Vologda. When I was a little boy she used to tell me stories about her home there, a big Russian «izba», and about her mum, who was always making a lace» – telling designer Yaroslav Misonzhnikov.
Photos: Mitya Ganopolsky, Vasily Bulanov