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Scotland On Sunday July 2019

Olenka Design In Scotland On Sunday ArticleOrnate floral tribute to Mother Russia

Growing up in Russia, designer Olga Shevchenko spent most of her spare time drawing, a hobby that led her to art school, where she learned traditional Russian crafts and painting styles. After moving into interiors, Olga worked for a global manufacturer as a surface pattern designer. She soon realised that the Russian folk patterns she had learned about growing up were absent from homewares, and so decided to launch her own brand, Olenka Design, dedicated to Russian craft heritage. Based in the UK, Olenka Design studio and online store specialises in exclusive floral patterns for wallpaper in designs that feature natural motifs of leaves and flowers. Milana, photographed, is inspired by the 17th century Russian wood painting style called Khokhloma, which was used to decorate tableware. As Olga says: “I like to explore the possible colour variations I can achieve with a particular pattern. Out of dozens of combinations I select the best few.” Next up, Olga is planning to add coordinating textiles to her collection.

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