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Zuzanna Gasior
Aug 9, 2022

Victoria Yakusha's recent edition of limited-objects simultaneously underlines the designer's strong connection to her Ukrainian roots and her great passion for traditional craftsmanship.

Victoria Yakusha is a Ukrainian designer, artist, and architect whose philosophy of 'live design’ centers around
earth and ethnic roots. A form of artistic resistance, her latest collection “Stepping on Ukrainian soil” manifests
the strong connection every Ukrainian holds with their earth. The collection includes limited edition designs — a
handwoven, two-meter tapestry, Zemlia, an incarnation of Ukrainian soil, as well as a series of primitive
animistic benches and stools, each sculpted with the author’s signature sustainable material.

Since the beginning of her practice, Victoria Yakusha has supported Ukrainian artisanal craftsmanship by integrating the knowledge and technique that lay behind into her own works. The technique employed to create Zemlia is in itself a piece of history. An ancient Ukrainian craft —"lizhnykarstvo", now on the brink of extinction, is passed down through generations in the Carpathians, a mountainous region of Western Ukraine.

Volyk - a derivative of the Ukrainian word for “freedom”. It's a series of animistic creatures with a free character, hand-sculpted with a sustainable material in a technique once employed for wall-finish in traditional Ukrainian dwellings.

Duzhyi - sturdy in Ukrainian. The grounded, naive forms of the design pieces incarnate the ongoing desire for firm ground underfoot. Sculpted in signature sustainable material — Ztista, a blend of natural elements conceived by Victoria Yakusha to one day be able to return to nature.

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Zuzanna Gasior
Aug 9, 2022

Victoria Yakusha's recent edition of limited-objects simultaneously underlines the designer's strong connection to her Ukrainian roots and her great passion for traditional craftsmanship.

Victoria Yakusha is a Ukrainian designer, artist, and architect whose philosophy of 'live design’ centers around
earth and ethnic roots. A form of artistic resistance, her latest collection “Stepping on Ukrainian soil” manifests
the strong connection every Ukrainian holds with their earth. The collection includes limited edition designs — a
handwoven, two-meter tapestry, Zemlia, an incarnation of Ukrainian soil, as well as a series of primitive
animistic benches and stools, each sculpted with the author’s signature sustainable material.

Since the beginning of her practice, Victoria Yakusha has supported Ukrainian artisanal craftsmanship by integrating the knowledge and technique that lay behind into her own works. The technique employed to create Zemlia is in itself a piece of history. An ancient Ukrainian craft —"lizhnykarstvo", now on the brink of extinction, is passed down through generations in the Carpathians, a mountainous region of Western Ukraine.

Volyk - a derivative of the Ukrainian word for “freedom”. It's a series of animistic creatures with a free character, hand-sculpted with a sustainable material in a technique once employed for wall-finish in traditional Ukrainian dwellings.

Duzhyi - sturdy in Ukrainian. The grounded, naive forms of the design pieces incarnate the ongoing desire for firm ground underfoot. Sculpted in signature sustainable material — Ztista, a blend of natural elements conceived by Victoria Yakusha to one day be able to return to nature.

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