The Straw Shop would like to introduce Lyudmila Kushnir (
“I will try to briefly describe the process itself, starting with the procurement of the main material, namely straws of cereals (I use rye, oat and wheat straws for my work). I sow cereals in late winter when the snow has melted, and I collect straws in early August when it is still green and then again at the end of August when it ripens.
Straws that were green give me a beautiful snow-white color; later, the mature ones – from light yellow to golden shades. Bunches of straw should be spread out and dried while standing in the shade to prevent moisture from spoiling the color of the straw.”
” Then everything is taken out and dried in a ventilated room. Since I have been working in this technique for a long time, I can quickly cut out finished parts from straw ribbons. The canvas serves as the basis for the picture, I paint on it in oil and when it dries I start to work on the straw.”
“The whole composition consists of different shades of straw, which has absorbed the juice of the herbs. If I need to convey the look of a bird, I use firing. I am often asked where I get straws of brown, red, purple shades and so on. I do not use any chemical paints for dyeing straw! Moreover, I am a supporter of everything natural and environmentally friendly, therefore I use only natural plant dyes in my work. For example: a bright orange color gives the juice of a herb called celandine, brown – juice of a green walnut shell, and so on … ”
Her use of natural straw, natural dyes and pyrography merge expertly in the piece below:
In the next images her attention to layers of detail is showcased.
Her technique is “applique from straw” with her personal improvements.
Her subject matter is endless. As are the various different techniques she can execute as shown below;
Following in her family’s tradition, Lyudmila has found success in her work.
Here is a sampling of some of the exhibitions she has recently participated in:
2016 International exhibition “Ladya. Spring Fantasy”, Moscow
2016 International “Festival of joinery”, Moscow
2017 International “Festival of joinery”, Moscow
2018 Exhibition at the Odessa Regional Museum
2018 International “Festival of joinery”, Moscow
2019 Personal exhibition city-resort Gelendzhik (Russia)
Please enjoy the following video. The gallery display of her work is a nice presentation of her work. The video will also give one a better idea of the sizes of her work; some of which appear here:
The Straw Shop would like to additionally recognize Lyudmila’s mother for all her years of sharing her art with others. Honoring Lyudmila’s Mother Galina Konstantinovna Kushnir:
The Straw Shop appreciates Lyudmila sharing her straw story and her work so others may be inspired. Please welcome Lyudmila Kushnir (to our Artists Page.