Polina Eroujenets is a student at Kootenay School of Arts exploring fibre arts. Originally from Russia, her family immigrated to the West Coast of Canada when she was 6 years old. Growing up, many of the items around the house, like clothing, were handmade. This was partly out of necessity, as well as a cultural norm, and has inspired her to create in a purposeful way. Her parents were advent hikers and raised her and her sister to appreciate the outdoors. Coming from the harsh conditions of Siberia, and spending her formative years in the lush green coastal environment, her love of nature is not limited to any season or climate. After finishing high school, Polina has hitchhiked across Canada, through most of BC, and down the West Coast, all the way to Guatemala. In her travels she was exposed to a range of cultures and rediscovered her love for sewing through the textiles of local artists. She draws inspiration from patterns found in nature and urban environments. Polina enjoys playing with colour, often trying unusual combinations. Recently she has been studying patterns and colours through screen-printing.
Photos by David Gluns