The art reflects my upbringing as a child growing up in challenging times in Romania as the daughter of a Russian mother with a keen eye for good design and value for money, a mother who spent over forty years working in a “small” clothing factory in Bucharest with 20,000 employees !! supplying a worldwide market, a mother whose harsh upbringing in Russia cemented in her a daily reminder that we have to work to eat. Deep down the colours and fluidity of my work may also reflect that part of my family DNA which originates in Istanbul where my Greek great grandfather was, I am told, a reputable shoemaker.
Out of this melee of ancestry has emerged my style of art. Along with other remnants of communism I long ago rejected the preciseness of the lines I drew to obtain my degree as a mechanical engineer - in favour of a style that recognises that life is often rough around the edges, that life is not perfect and to seek perfection for itself may just hold you back - but that vivid colours in the actual and metaphorical sense are everywhere if you are observant while you are in crowded places jostling with people earning a living and dancing, a richness that is everywhere on the surface and below it.
Of course the art can be bought as original paintings, where the crudeness of brush strokes and the synthesis of the multiple layers of paint and colours used can be experienced first hand. Just email me and I will tell you where and how to buy. But customers here are not buying paintings, they are buying great bags where the whole creation makes them feel good, where the stories that are told by the bags and the colourful messages given out connect with their moods and unique personalities. BUT, if you would like to do so YOU CAN GET A BIT CLOSER TO THAT FIRST HAND VIEW OF THE ORIGINAL ART if you hover your on-line cursor over a bag image on a detailed bag page - and move it around. The image magnifies a bit thanks to today's technology. I hope you then enjoy what you see.
What's in the name? Although my real name is Corina for years I have signed my paintings under a creative name "Korina". As the art on the bags in the collection are by me, this is the name of the collection.