A weekend of blinding white snow didn’t slow down New York City. I lie awake each night, unable to quiet my thoughts and drift to sleep. One of those evenings, I wrote to Olga and asked her to tell me a story about her tranquil White Room.
Olga Inoue is an artist and blogger based in Saint Petersburg. When I first encountered her work, I was drawn to the way she collected leaves, stones, and flowers to make tiny wearable jewelry and sculpture. Perhaps inspired by her background as a montessori teacher, Olga often makes watercolor paintings of delicate animals and young figures on solitary adventures. Her blog is full of daily life still shots and observations that read like poetry. Her answers to my questions were just as full of poetic details.
Come, take a break with Olga in her White Room:
“As long as I remember, collecting was an essential part of life.
When I was three, I had this big elephant tote with me all the time
for colored glass, pebbles, and screws. Since then, nothing has changed.
It only got bigger with my experience teaching in montessori school,
where small things mean a lot and details are so important.”
“I love to start my day in silence, get things ready for orders and letters,
set up drawing supplies, and then I turn on some music, loud enough just
to hear it. And this new day itself is what makes me feel creative.
Sometimes I do not even have breakfast, only a glass of water, because
all the ideas and thoughts feed me fully.”
“We moved a lot for the last three years.
Near my table, I stand there and put small parts together.
I think this table is like a home to me.”
Goodnight, moon! I think I’ll sleep well tonight…
* All images by Olga