Patchwork dolls by Marina Mishina. Russian artist of applied art Marina Alexandrovna Mishina was born in 1961 in Yekaterinburg. In 1982 she graduated from the Library Faculty of Chelyabinsk Institute of Culture. After graduation she worked at the Regional Library, studying art history at the Ural State University, from which she graduated in 1988. She taught art history and world culture at a secondary and vocational schools. In 1998 Marina Mishina moved to St. Petersburg. She taught art history and guide classes at the University of film and television, and then worked as a tour guide at the Museum of dolls. That’s where Marina became fascinated with traditional folk dolls.
Marina Mishina started studying in detail all steps of making dolls. She took lessons from different national craftswomen: IV Aghayeva (Tula), RJ Tarasova (Kaluga), NV Osipova (Kirov), participated in many folklore festivals. Marina Mishina is interested in traditional dolls of north-western region of Russia, mainly representatives of St. Petersburg, and the other provinces.
Since 2002, Marina A. actively participates in many collective exhibitions in Moscow, Vladimir, Yaroslavl, St. Petersburg, etc. Big and small, colorful and plain, twisted by caring hands of a master, traditional dolls contain folk wisdom of generations, the simple beauty and the warmth of human hands. Made with love, they delight the audience.