Irina Troitskaya

July 27, 2010 @ 11:18

So come along upon a journey to a land unknown

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Gone for two weeks to visit my homeland. My colleague Victoria Semykina made a collection of inspired-by-Russia foreign illustrators. Take a look and you'll get a feeling of where I'm going to.

July 26, 2010 @ 11:10

Ring the bell and call or write us

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It's good people are still capable of doing something despite this heat. Last week in St. Petersburg there was an opening of Ding! Dong! Exhibition curated by Olesya Shukina and Artyom Ignatyev. Had no chance to be there in person, but luckily Natasha Floxy and Anya Shiller made a lot of nice shots of event: here, here and here.

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July 25, 2010 @ 11:46

And stay awake through summer like we own the heat

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When everyday things start to look a bit shallow and small, I tend to start loosing my inspiration. It's hard to see all the opportunities when you bound with the size of your place of work, which in my case is really a tiny one. I felt I need to see something bigger than my working table or sketchbook double page, something huge and monumental. Guess, yesterday's trip was exactly what I was dreaming of. I'm talking about The Archstoyanie in Nikola-lenivets village. It's a Landscape Projects Festival on the bank of the river Ugra. Impressive!

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Feel free to check out the rest of the objects. Night-time Firebird and Gradierhaus made by Nikolay Polissky are my personal favs.

July 21, 2010 @ 12:01

Last week I had the strangest dream, that everything was exactly how it seemed

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Last week we were busy with our Summer Intensive Illustration course curated by Victor Melamed. It's been our third time already. Have to say those days I had a feeling everything in its right place and the tempo of my life was exactly the one I like. Sometimes it's a lazy river sort of pace, which isn't that bad by itself, but it's so much better to plan and have to do more, then it was expected from the beginning. Was happy to work together with Anna Zhurko, Ivan Velichko, Protey Temen, Igor Gurovich and all the rest of our lovely company. And our students!

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July 12, 2010 @ 08:00

How could I forget to mention the bicycle is a good invention

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Ok, there's no intrigue left regarding my contribution to Ding Dong! Exhibition in St.Petersburg next week. They made it public! But there's a place for surprises! The bicycle ring (or do I need to call it bell?) itself is only one part of the contribution, A3 picture supports it. So, that owl story has a bit of development further down. Can't say more. If you're in St.Petersburg, just, hm, give me a call..? No, wait, ring the bell I painted. Twice. Tell them I let you do so!

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July 1, 2010 @ 11:34

From a million miles away a little miracle will come to take you home

One day you're in Moscow...

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...and the other in London. Crazy world!

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The funniest thing is I feel like I'm a resident in Moscow and at home in UK. Like I spent my childhood there, which is partially true - we studied English with topics about Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Nelson's column. At these times it seemed nearly impossible to get there, like you're reading a book about wonderland - Soviet Union's borders were closed and there was no chance to see it... like ever! That's why each time I'm in London I feel like Alice in Wonderland.

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