In my study I have discovered two main directions.
Firstly, technology and material. Embroidery is a craft, which was a part of traditional costumes and daily household items, but nowadays it has completely vanished to museums and historical exhibitions. Felt as a material is best known thanks to traditional winter boots "valenki" that are quite obscure now and seem to be a souvenir more than practical footwear. My idea was to find a new life for both technology and material using what digital era has to offer as a method and make the combo practical again.
Secondly, I was following the original imagery of fairytale creatures – wooden threads around windows, stone carvings in churches, Northern clay two-headed toys called "polkanchik". They made me think about what magical spirit animal can modern Russia have? And of course there came The Leopard – the notorious pattern that is classy and trashy at the same time, and incredibly popular. And quite magical too.
Bringing these two directions together brought me to a logical illogical creation, both magical and modern, a new fairytale forceful creature in a form of a very practical carpet with digitally embroidered spots.