Photo of Elena Skvirskaya, oil painting in the background

I was raised in Russia, then moved to Israel for studies, and have been living in the United States for over a decade now. I can definitely feel that my personality is more of a puzzle of different cultures.

My background is in Fine Arts. I began my studies in Israel, where I earned a BA in Art History. As I expanded into painting, I moved to the United States, where I earned an MFA in Painting at the New York Studio School. Throughout this journey, I also became interested in textile design. It invited me to explore different styles and various subjects. There was something magical in how a repeated design could transform a surface.

I treat every print as a work of art. I enjoy all stages: research, exploration, drawing and painting motifs, manipulating them on the computer and then seeing how elements assembled together come to life and create a unique story.

I really love the multicultural aspect of textile design. I am always eager to learn about other countries’ traditions and their visual language. This knowledge is interpreted in a very personal way and translated into textile prints. I also find inspiration in my surroundings and every day experiences. Nature provides me with a source of endless possibilities. Trends are very important in my research as they ensure that the prints also have commercial appeal. It is very inspiring to look at designers’ collections, as they often challenge the familiar and bring a new vision to light.

As a freelance textile designer, I create prints for apparel and home décor markets. Among the themes I have explored are intricate paisleys, globally inspired geometric prints, elegant floral designs, bright tropics, and dynamic abstracts. A more extensive library of prints is also available for viewing upon request, and available for purchase or license. Feel free to contact me at skvirskayastudio@gmail.com with any questions and requests. Subscribe to my newsletter for the latest news, updates, and previews of new work.