#CIJRoadTrip – Perm, Russia

Contributor blog post by Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Today we’re traveling to Perm, Russia with Katya from KittyAprilHandmade. I snagged hers to write about as I have ancestors from Russia and was in awe of her photos; WOW!

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?
I live in Perm. I think its location makes its special, the city is situated in the middle of Russia. So there is great nature around it. It`s very cold (can be -30 C) in the winter and warm (+20) in the summer.

Perm - my home town. On the photo is one of the churches at night.

Perm – my home town. On the photo is one of the churches at night.

The main bridge over the Kama river looks beautiful at night.

The main bridge over the Kama river looks beautiful at night.

The former Meshkov Mansion now the Local History Museum in Perm.

The former Meshkov Mansion now the Local History Museum in Perm.

There`s a wide river flowing through the city - the Kama river. This is the view on the Art Gallery from the riverside.

There`s a wide river flowing through the city – the Kama river. This is the view on the Art Gallery from the riverside.

This is how trees look in Perm in the winter if it is about -30 C. (Yes, it happens here!)

This is how trees look in Perm in the winter if it is about -30 C. (Yes, it happens here!)

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
Russia is the biggest country in the world so it seems a difficult question. I myself have been to only a small number of Russian cities as my country is enormous. I think everyone should see Moscow, St Petersburg, visit Altai region, Lake Baikal… Taking a train trip across Russia would be a great and also quite a challenging idea.

St. Basil Cathedral - my favorite building in Moscow.

St. Basil Cathedral – my favorite building in Moscow.

St. Basil and the Kremlin on Red Square in Moscow.

St. Basil and the Kremlin on Red Square in Moscow.

Canals in St. Petersburg

Canals in St. Petersburg

Ekaterina`s Palace

Ekaterina`s Palace

The views in Altai, I haven`t been there yet but want to.

The views in Altai, I haven`t been there yet but want to.

Altai (3)

Altai (2)

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?
I haven`t really thought about it before but there can be some connections… Perm`s territory has originally had lots of nature treasures, there are wild animals such as bears and foxes in the forests. And on the flag of Perm there is actually a bear! So maybe it is a coincidence or maybe not that I love nature and create teddy bears, hedgehogs, squirrels and other animals with my hands.

Hedgehog Forest Friend

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?
This fall I am participating in Hugglets Teddies fair in London. I am really excited about it. Now I am creating my new collection of teddies and their friends for the fair.

5. What are your social media sites?

cherepkova.com
pinterest.com/kittyapril
twitter.com/Kitty_April
www.facebook.com/pages/K-i-t-t-y-A-p-r-i-l-Handmade/133154576711733
kittyapril.etsy.com

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