The home in which Anna Akhmatova wrote her first collection of poems. The house that features representations of Atlanteans on Lyuteranska where Maxim Gorky once lived. The endocrinology hospital on Reitarskaya where Nikolai Amosov worked. All of these beautiful examples of architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries form the basis of the Dvoira project.
In 2016, professional photographer Vera Shelest decided her stockpile of photos of Kyiv facades, which she took on city walks, needed to be used in some way. Experiments in Photoshop resulted in appealing kaleidoscopes, and a little later the photographer used them in textile prints on her other passion – women’s scarves. Thus, in March 2017 the Dvoira brand was created.
The first collection consisted of 10 scarves, two of which were bought by Ukrainians from New York and Israel. Other products are now on sale: T-shirts, skirts, magnets, cup holders, and postcards covering the history of these houses. In addition, Shelest has held two photographic exhibitions, the first of which was devoted to the Day of Kyiv.
Not only a commercial project, it’s also a way of attracting public attention to dilapidated, but important old heritage buildings that need restoration, and yet still retain their previous grandeur.
We are already back to school, which makes it the perfect time to hunker down and finally pick up one of those pesky languages that you’ve been meaning to learn. In a city the size of Kyiv, you have plenty of options and will be able to find that which suits any schedule and level. […]
Some friends came to visit, one each from Canada, the UK, and South Africa. Discussing their itinerary of “must see” things in Kyiv, the Mezhygir mansion came up. So one sunny day, off we went to Kyiv’s ‘Museum of Corruption’ Upon arrival, there was a wide choice of transport options, segues were 500 UAH an […]
Inspired by personal accounts from war-torn Ukraine in 1944 and true stories from the country’s current conflict, Blood of our Soil is the newest creation of Canadian writer/actress Lianna Makuch. She brings her play to Kyiv this month for a staged reading at the Les Kurbas Centre. It is timely, considering the 5-year anniversary of […]
The final credits rolled and the lights went up for the final time in two historic Kyiv cinemas on 30 September. The sudden closures of both Ukraina and Kinopanorama cinemas have left city cinephiles bereft. However, unlike the groundswell of support to restore the cinema Zhovten in Podil after it was extensively damaged by arson […]