Maria, Maria

Maria Primachenko was born on 12 January 1908, in a small village known today as Bolotnya, Ukraine. She began creating pictures as a young girl, soaking up the customs, dress and legends intrinsic to her rural world, injecting them with imagination and spilling them out in giddy gouache colours onto paper and canvas. Throughout her…

Artistry in Bloom

Introduce yourself to Larisa Yemelina. Although she easily looks the part of a master gardener, she’s in fact a Ukrainian sugar artist working with floral and vegetal motifs. Though they don’t take root or bud, her horticultural confections would blend right in with the prize perennials at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Amazingly, Yemelina, 48, never…