I recently created an Etsy Treasury called wool painting and had the pleasure to meet Wool Painting Artist Rina Heine.
Rina Heine – Wool Painting Artist
She was kind to share her story and her art with my readers and me.
Rina grew up in a big industrial city in Russia called Yekaterinburg in the Ural region. More than eight years ago she moved to a small town in the northwest of Germany, Osnabrück.
Please meet and greet Rina Heine from GlanzUndWaerme
Tell me about yourself
I have been working many years as a technical translator in the oil industry. However, as I moved to Germany, I could not keep my job any longer for some unforeseen reasons despite the fact that I loved it.
I needed something as a source of positive energy, so I gradually started doing some crafts… Something that I used to do many years ago, then totally forgot and now – you see, I was blessed to recover my skills and at many points to improve them. An excellent opportunity to feel happy!
How did you first get started with Wool Painting craft?
I was born into the family of a graphic artist. We lived in a small apartment, and I was a kind of “strange” child as far as I can remember. I mean, I never really enjoyed playing with other kids. Not that I did not like them… Somehow I was completely fascinated with the books from my father’s library and wished to spend as much time as I could there.
For the most part, these were various fine arts albums on entirely different art styles and ages.
I did not have toys in a conventional sense of this word… I have never gotten a single doll, I just did not like them. Perhaps because of the fact that I was brooding over impressive and at some point scary books most of time.
Actually, my father was too occupied with his painting activities to notice that I was looking at something that a child surely cannot interpret correctly. I started reading at the age of 6 and began to consume all available books that I could find at home… Some of the books were definitely not for children, because the stories were either too complicated or too sad.
However, I am grateful to my family for this opportunity to read a large part of classical literature, not only Russian but also a lot of excellent, serious, inspiring works by British, American and French authors.
I believe that any art is an alternative reality that we enter either as authors or as spectators, or even both. Our apartment was full of brushes, pencils, oil, water colors, all possible means to draw, paint or sculpture. Nothing kept me from taking them and using them… That is how it all began…
Do you have a favorite art piece you created?
It’s hard for me to pick a specific piece. On many occasions, I think of something only until I complete it, as the very process of creation makes me happy. And then I forget the piece because I am busy with something else. However, there are certain items that I made for myself to keep them in any case or as a gift for very special people. One of them is a felted bunny “Herbi”. A woolen sculpture that won my own heart. Everyone who takes Herbi in his or her hands cannot let him go. Perhaps it’s a part of me that sits in this toy, and one would like to keep the genuine warmth of this sculpture’s soul?
Tell me what you are currently working on:
As you’ve seen, I work with entirely different materials, mixed media. I love trying new things – wool, silk, polymer clay, seed beads, natural stones, pearls and anything one can imagine.
Presently, I am working simultaneously on some jewelry pieces with shibory silk ribbons, Swarovski crystals, lace, and all kinds of vintage glass buttons, pendants and beads…
Of all seasons, spring is my favorite and this year I would like to celebrate its arrival with several tender and at the same time breathtaking OOAK jewelry lines. They will contain hundreds of scrupulously beaded, embroidered, modeled and hand painted elements, and I hope they will all work well together.
What are your hopes or plans for the future of your business?
I have not been promoting my art so far… I should spend some time creating a website and showing my works in Facebook, Twitter, etc. I have been so deep into my job that the process of promotion has been a kind of a distracting factor to me.
Since I usually work on several pieces at a time, I am always eager to get back to my job as soon as possible, it is never tiresome or monotone. On the other hand, like many artists, I am very pleased when people look at it.
I guess I should try and change my attitude toward commercial activities.
Could you give aspiring artists reading this any words of wisdom or advice?
Well, I guess I am not a kind of person to tell anyone “I know how it works”. The only thing I have firmly realized in all these years: the very act of creation makes one so happy that it is worth putting other things off. I am glad that I know it now.
Where do you draw your inspiration for Wool Paintings?
I read and look at an enormous amount of information on the Internet. I would say thousands of works and artists inspire me together with books, movies, music… I am searching through the Internet not only with widely opened eyes but also with an equally opened mind. Any person in the world of art has something that others don’t, something unique to admire and learn from.
Some of your works are signed „Renée Brook“, why?
It’s the name that I invented to work in my felting technique. I just wanted to be a different person when felting, an individual who has tons of patience and is never in a hurry.
I have developed a felting method for paintings to make them stable and not requiring a glass, without any glue or other additives. If you have such a picture in your room, you would hardly resist the wish to approach and touch it, so warm and inviting it looks, so attractive the idea is…
It is something that makes a house into a home. I believe that glass-less a wool painting which is not captured in a glass prison, has much more charm. That’s why all my wool works are without glass. Wool is a living substance, in this meaning. That’s why I also call it all „The Art You Should Touch“.
How long did does it take you to create a wool painting?
It depends on the complexity of the work and as well as on my mood. All my paintings are done with a single felting needle… Some works can take many days and even weeks.
Do you sell your creations online?
Welcome to my recently opened shop at Etsy: There are many earlier works that I haven’t got online yet, but I will gradually do it, together with the numerous new ones. The name of my shop speaks for itself: “GlanzUndWaerme” is the German for «Glamor and Warmth».
Isn’t that something our hearts been always secretly striving for?
I like to thank Rina for her interview and would love to ask my readers to check her Wool Painting art.
If you like to check more artist working in the same or similar technique you can read my blog post Wool Painting Pictures with artist- Marina Askerova
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