Everett-based fashion designer Angela Volk has been working in the field for around seven years, creating unique Ukrainian themed pieces.
Volk is originally from Ukraine and moved to Canada in 2004, after completing a degree in Accounting and Bookkeeping at Humber College. She spent about a decade working in the field before leaving her job in 2014 to fully dedicate her time towards wool felting.
“I was doing art as a hobby for all my life. It was always something, painting or oil painting or acrylic painting, flowers arrangements,“ said Volk.
A Ukrainian friend sent her a wool felting video several years ago and since then she’s been hooked.
“I liked it a lot and I started to dig up videos, master classes and books, so I’m a self learner and I learned it through the Master Classes on YouTube mostly,” noted Volk. “I quit my accounting job in 2014 and since that I am a full time artist.”
She told The Times she loves wool felting as its one of the oldest organic and nature-friendly textile methods of crafting.
Through her work, Volk says she aims to resurrect humanity’s connection with the natural world. All of her works are infused with her love and admiration of forgotten cultural folklore ranging from Neolithic to Iron age and beyond.
Volk creates witch hats and hats with horns, which she says are always popular. In addition to the hats, she makes dresses, brooches, scarves, wool pendants, wool art and necklaces.
Volk runs an Etsy store where she sells her artistic creations, but business came to a grinding halt back in March, when the pandemic started. She said it was difficult for the last several months but business is slowly picking back up.
Volk’s signature event where she sells most her products is at a three day long Ukrainian Festival in Toronto that’s hosted in September each year, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
She’s a South Simcoe Arts Council Member and has hosted a handful of wool felting workshops in the past which she hopes to get back to doing when it’s safe.
Volk told The Times she’s slowly updating her store with new pieces and hopes the art community can get back to safely doing shows and events soon.