Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Let’s travel to Ukraine – Kharkiv with Svitlana from 100crochetnecklaces
1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?
My name is Svitlana. I live in my home city, Kharkiv, with my small daughter. Kharkiv is the second-largest city of Ukraine (after Kiev, the capital). Usually it is called the city of large industrial companies and universities – that’s right, Wiki doesn’t lie! But for me Kharkiv is a very special atmospheric city with an old center, beautiful parks, street art and craft fairs.
2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
Ukraine is a beautiful old country with an ancient history. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, was founded in the late 9th century. Amazing ancient churches, wild nature parks, folk workshops, various resorts can be found here. If you are looking for a peaceful tranquil place for rest – welcome to Sofiyivsky Park in Uman, near the river Kamianka. Ski lovers can choose one of the ski resorts in gorgeous Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine. If you are interested in military history, you should visit the Khortytsia Island on the Dnieper River, an ancient city of legendary Ukrainian Cossacks.
3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?
I use materials traditional for Slavic cultures, such as linen fibers, wood, and prefer natural palette in my crafts. Also I feel something special about vintage and antique things: books, cloth, tableware, and furniture. Sometimes I create jewelry pieces just because they look good surrounded by these things.
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?
The most famous craft event in Ukraine, National Sorochynsky Fairyarmarok.in.ua/en/, starts very soon. It is traditionally held in Velyki Sorochyntsi near Poltava. My native Kharkiv also has its own regular craft festival, Artishop, and the closest one will take place on August 29-31.
5. What are your social media sites?
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