[Hi there, Ksenya! Tell us about the idea of your project. You say that you want to create "something that does not exist. And what exists does not meet the needs." How did you come to DIY?]
Back in the school days I started making things that I needed but I couldn't find in the store. My dad is a jack of all trades; perhaps, I inherited some of it. Dad sewed ski jackets and pants for me and my brother, cause it was impossible to buy them. Half of the furniture in our house was made by him, so for me it was always a good solution: you need something — do it yourself. As for my current view: it is not that I want to create something that does not exist — I do not want to create what already exists. And I feel that that's where my strength and talent lays — in the invention of new, hybrid, things that are at the junction of existing forms.
When something does not exist, you cannot know that you need it, but I like to think about stuff that doesn't exist, but possibly could. However still, the starting point is not in finding such a form, but in solving the problem. Simple tasks have long been resolved by clothing, but there are plenty more smaller ones, those are the ones I am trying to solve. For example: your ears are cold, your throat is cold, and the back of your head is hot, when you ride a bicycle. My solution is a hybrid of headband and bandana. It sounds vague in words, but if you look at the photos, it becomes clear.
[You've spent several years in the US. How does the materials market work there and how did you enter it?]
The MYOG community in US is very large, so I thinks it's a reason why they have a lot of small online stores that sell functional fabrics and hardware. Make Your Own Gear is a small offshoot of DIY, it covers much more precisely what we are talking about here. DIY is about absolutely any object made with your own hands: from a candle to a whole house. MYOG is purely about equipment and gear (clothes, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, etc.). All those small fabric shops I found through links in posts and articles of different MYOG'ers. Many of these stores were founded by people who needed the fabric themselves, who bought something like ten rolls from the manufacturer and sold the surplus. There is also a favorite one in MYOG community: "Ripstop by the roll". They produce their own ultra-light and durable fabrics as well as selling fabrics from other manufacturers: mainly for tents, hammocks, down products. I love their materials, for example, the white translucent fabric of my windbreakers is theirs.
In clothing industry it is very difficult for small companies to get access to materials, even more for enthusiasts, but it is still easier to do this in US rather than in Europe.