Name: Nataly (Kukula) Abramovitch
Where do you live: New Haven CT
Known for: Shenanigans…and shoes.
Currently actual with: My cats.
When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
Never, it just happened. I’m glad it did.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
NYC but my husband is a professor so we live where he needs to be, I can work from anywhere.
How would you describe your creativity?
A mix of things that I love about the world with my own imaginary utopia.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
When I moved to the US after art school and didn’t have working visa, I was drawing a lot and making t-shirts with my illustrations which is how I made a living from my art at first, then I started selling paintings…and so on.
What do you do at the moment?
Working on my solo show for September 2015 at AFA NY.
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
I get asked that a lot and I really have no answer, it’s a random career and it’s a personal journey. The one thing that definitely matters is you have to really care about it, almost be obsessed by it.
Tell us how it all started.
After art school I was working as a collector in an insurance company. I know it sounds crazy but I really liked it, I had to call people and ask them to pay up, but I could draw the whole time I was doing it, hours and hours of drawings. This was when I developed my basic aesthetic. After that I moved to the US and just kept going.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Windows because natural light is very important. Also books because you need inspiration in case of an artist block.
What is your favorite film?
Maybe Amadeus, maybe because it’s about crazy artists.
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Ellen Von Unwerth because she seems like she can teach me how to be cool and still stay creative. She’s a big inspiration on me. I met her once and I felt really dorky next to her – I want to reverse this horrible first impression.
How do you like to spoil yourself?
Shopping. I love clothes and shoes, sorry if it’s boring and obvious but for me it is one more way of self-expression.
What is luxury for you?
Obsessive endless design, when every inch and every hinge is being thought of.
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
I think tattoos are the most incredible form of compliment. I can’t believe people choose to have my work on them forever. It’s like they married my art. It’s really an amazing feeling.
What do you fear most?
Boredom, I hate it! And torture, if I’ll ever get tortured I think I’ll discover I’m a terrible person and will sell out everyone I know.
What is a happy life to you?
Being surrounded by beautiful culture and always to be inspired to create.
What does a regular day look like for you?
First snuggle with my cats in bed, then coffee-email-lunch-painting-green tea afternoon break-workout-dinner-TV-bed.
Tell us about your dream project.
Designing a full china service.
Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
Fashion is an element in my work but it doesn’t define it. My style is a combination of classical and pop culture.
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
What inspires you?
Seeing original oil paintings by great masters that I love.
A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
Alice in Wonderland, of course. Also my first cookbook by the Israeli chef Aharoni.
A movie she made with SHOWstudio