Artist in the spotlight: Nina Curk! (English interview)

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Once in a while there are people that when you look at them you’ll think “how in the world do they do it?”. Today we’ll put one of those people in the spotlight. Nina Curk is an amazing Slovenian-Dutch artist with golden hands. She makes the most awesome art from scraps of fabric, wood, paper and glass which she makes on demand on her site www.dragons-garden.eu. Sensei Gaming had the chance to interview this magnificent artist and take a look into the mind of the artistic.

Hi Nina, what age did you start crafting?

I have been making stuff for years. It was mostly things made out of different materials I could put my hands on around the house together with a ton of crafting books and magazines. Few of my favourite materials were wood, glass and paper. Never did anything with fabric, but I always admired people that could – especially my mom crocheting colourful clothes for my dolls and my grandma sewing wedding and other dresses for the family business.

How and where did you learn?

I am fairly new to sewing. I made my first hand sewn plushie in march 2013. A friend challenged me to make a pony plushie and I just couldn’t resist giving it a try.
He bought me a pattern online which I had no idea how to follow or what to do so it was mostly just trial and error. It was quite challenging but I am glad I did not give up. I learned so much from that experience and kept on looking at different sewing tutorials online to follow and create something new.
My first plushie then got sold at a pony themed auction and the positive reactions from people got me inspired to keep on sewing.
After that I got my mom’s old sewing machine, with my grandmother teaching me some basic stuff on how to use it and from there on I started designing my own patterns in hopes to be able to hug my first dragon plushie soon.

Where and when were you born?

I was born on 19th December 1988 in Slovenia, my town sits right on the border with Italy.
Growing up I spent a lot of time in the beautiful nature around my land, in front of the tv, reading books and drawing different characters out of many anime and manga.
My dream was to finish art school and be an artist, but it all played out quite differently. I didn’t get a chance to study art but instead I went for economy and later on programming.

Why did you start selling your art?

After moving to Netherlands I had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the new surroundings, so after losing a job I had a lot of time on my hands and I thought it was a nice opportunity to focus on my hobbies.
I kept making excuses and thinking is not the right time to show my projects to the world, but in the end I decided to take a chance.
I had a fantastic friend supporting me and pushing me to develop my own art style and from there on I started off freelancing and doing some graphic design as well as paintings. A big milestone was launching my own webpage and connecting with people on social media as well as art communities. The response was amazing and it kept me going.
In 2012 I started taking it a bit more seriously and incorporating more craft work into my everyday life .

You moved to the Netherlands because of love, right? How did you two meet?

We met during a game of World of Warcraft. We played together for two to three years before we made the decision that I should live with him in the Netherlands.

What do you enjoy most in life?

Being creative! I enjoy everything from the process to the finished creation. I just can’t resist adding some colour and customisation to my everyday life no matter in what form.
I also enjoy nature, time with family and friends, and spending time daydreaming. Is where most of my inspiration comes from.

Bron: Sensei Gaming

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