My name is Dina Malkova, I'm a designer, maker, writer-beginner, businesswoman and wife. I'm a huge fan of fashion, colours, markets, embroidery, green tea with lemon, eclectic styles and folk singing.
Some of my earliest memories involve discovering and creating. I have really vivid recollections of how incredible it was to wear a hand-made dress or make my own sandals and have people asking where I got them. Another favourite memory is when as children my friend and I put on shows, making costumes and selling handmade tickets door to door around our neighbourhood for our choreographed backyard dances and cover versions of pop music.
The winding path that led me throughout my life involves running a big hotel in Tashkent, setting and running a fashion design business; Human Wear and studying enterprise management for the creative arts at the University of Arts in London. In a combination of timing, hard work and a dash of luck, I found myself striking out to create my own art as a career. See my website here http://www.dinamalkova.com/content/collections<
Inspiration is everywhere for me. It's in the air, sunlight, my brother’s paintings, folk songs, a little girl walking down the street in pink Wellingtons, colour of a freshly caught fish scales, in witty and funny conversations with my mum, window shopping with Madi, my friend. As long as I stay open, it's there waiting for me.
There are so many people who have influenced me in thousands ways, both large and small. The most important has come from my amazing customers and friends, who have really kept me going with their generous friendship, encouragement and support.