Lara Quint

Originally published in Jute Magazine

LARA_QUINT_044Crimean born Larisa Tomashchuk, knew from the age of four what she wanted to do with her life. “I remember how in the kindergarten all the children were asked who they wanted to be when they grew up and everybody said that they wanted to be the policemen, doctors, actresses, singers, and I wanted to be a fashion clothes designer.”

“I graduated from the Kiev National University of Technologies and Design where I obtained my Master’s degree in art modeling of costumes. Beat everyone in contests, always won top places. I did an internship at Tatiana Parfionova fashion house in St. Petersburg, where the designer offered me an official job. Then I worked at a Kiev fashion house until I realized that I was ready to say more, and launched my own brand.”LARA_QUINT_002

Larisa, reinvented herself as Lara Quint, and created her own brand.  When she began looking for a nom de plume, she “began to look through all the characters’ names in my favorite books and found one named John Quint, and I quite liked his name. I started to look into the meaning and it turned out it was short for quintessence, which seemed very much a definition of me; as I love all at once.  I am impatient in my ideas and I find it difficult to stop the flow of ideas in my head. Therefore, the five main spheres that are the quintessence became my credo in life. ‘A ship will sail the way you name it’. This is our saying.”

Now located in the heart of Kiev, Lara has her “own studio, where all my collections are created and where I accept clients. This is my kingdom, my world in which I constantly reside and where I surround myself with the best people, only traveling abroad or work can get me out of there.”

Lara’s design inspiration comes from her own personal experiences, and reflections on everything from Baudelaire poems, to the world around her.


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Rebecca Cramer, raised in Oklahoma City, OK, had her first job in design, layout, and printing of concert posters for artists like B.B, King, Bobby Blue Bland, and Wanda Jackson at her family’s offset and lithography business, Colorcraft Poster Company. Her career history includes editing and managing the review process for The American Ornithologists’ Union’s magazine The Auk, as well as teaching English at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In 2008 she completed a Master’s in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at Oklahoma City University. One constant has been Becca’s love for the arts and her penchant for creating, and she approaches design and construction from an artist's perspective. She has worked such diverse media as silver-smithing, collage, and found-item art. She loves repurposing things others throw away into something useful and beautiful. Early on, Becca displayed a passion for makeup early, when at the age of two she broke into her grandmother’s lipstick stash and applied lipstick to herself, the vanity, and the walls. In June 2012, she moved to Denver to become a makeup artist. Under the name Becca Be, and Fetch, her work has appeared in several fashion publications, including Dark Beauty, Jute, and Kai’outi magazines. She has also worked with designers for Denver Fashion Week, and with ADCD’s Paper Fashion Show (both as artist, and Production Designer).

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