IN THE HEADING "COMMUNICATIONS" WE TELL ABOUT GIRLS, who came up with a common cause and achieved success in it. And at the same time we expose the myth that women are not capable of friendly feelings, but can only compete aggressively. Not so long ago, we showed small shops and restoration studios that give new life to furniture and small items for the home from bygone eras. One of such projects - Nature Morte - appeared quite recently thanks to friends Svetlana Mart and Anastasia Korotkova, united by a passion for hunting for dishes with history. We asked them about the most memorable finds, plans for the future and why people are tired of things.
Text: Anna Aristova
Anastasia: We met Sveta four years ago in Krasnodar. I lived there, and Sveta came on business - we were immediately united by the love of fixed-gear bicycles.
Svetlana: Then I stole Nastya for a month in Moscow and we became friends.
Svetlana: I am engaged in photo and video production, and also work as an actress and model.
Anastasia: And I did a lot of things - for example, I designed events and worked in the showroom of modular and vintage synthesizers. Now I'm stylizing photography for Nature Morte and making jewelry brand Anotherone jewelery.
How Nature Morte appeared
Anastasia: We're fans of vintage stuff, so we'd go out to flea markets from time to time. Over time, we have accumulated a lot of good - the idea of a store was in the air. It took us a year to finally say to each other in October 2018: "Let's do it!" This is how the project came about.
Svetlana: Nastya and I have long wanted to make a joint project, we had different ideas, but somehow it didn't work out. For example, we planned to create a design bureau for the production of tombstones.
Anastasia: This was at the very beginning of our acquaintance, but we quickly realized that this is a dangerous market. We even almost got an order - a friend contacted me, planning to order a tombstone for her deceased sister. But then everything fell through - apparently, she decided to take a more traditional path. The themes of death and vintage, apparently, are tightly connected in our minds: we fish out objects from oblivion and give them new life.
How things are
Anastasia: We find things at flea markets and online auctions - they come to us from the regions of Russia and neighboring countries. In our collection there are a couple of lots of friends, we took something from Sveta's personal collection, and there are lots that I begged from my boyfriend's mom. In addition to the sale, we also lease objects - they are mainly interested in set stylists.
Svetlana: We had one, while a small order for the event, it was "Vampire Ball". In the future, we plan to work with a "large lease".
About memorable finds
Svetlana: We participated in the "Lambada Market" and we needed the "queen" of our corner. As a result, we found a blue vase, very cool, according to the photo on the Internet, the size was average - as a result, a vase and a half of Nastya came to us. To be honest, I can't imagine what a bouquet should be for her - perhaps a hundred roses. A bucket of punch for a summer party could be made there. She still remains our queen, she is taken only for fashion shooting. But the most memorable find is still the first one - shots on a glass leg.
Anastasia: Yes, a sad story is connected with them. They were manufactured at a defense plant in limited quantities. We bought six of them, and when we wanted to take the rest that were on the market, it suddenly closed. We did not write down the contacts of the seller and are now very sorry. I also remember the cool blue vases made of Bohemian glass. Before buying them, we set each other a condition that we were going to the market only for metal objects, but in the end we saw them and fell in love.So we spent almost all the money on these two vases and left. We also had a cool vase that we bought when we were just testing online auctions. People usually sell their collections on them and photograph them as needed, so it is not always clear from the picture what the object actually looks like. We did not establish the origin of the vase, but in the end it turned out to be even more beautiful than we thought. The vase was small and very heavy - just a huge piece of glass or crystal. I really hoped that I could keep her for myself, but in the end she also left.
About whether it is difficult to part with things
Svetlana: At first it was hard, now it's easier. Previously, I wanted to keep every thing for myself - probably, it’s out of habit, because before we bought all the objects for ourselves. The hardest thing, perhaps, will be for me to part with an Art Deco crystal box from 1930s Germany. Everyone always encroaches on her, but as soon as they see chips on the lid from the inside, they immediately refuse. I wonder why people think that a thing that is almost a hundred years old must certainly be whole. On the contrary, I like it when things live their own lives, when they have patina and chips - this is the imprint of time.
Anastasia: It is not very difficult for me to part with our objects, because I have already been with them for some time. I understand that I cannot buy absolutely everything. And the advent of Nature Morte was a cool way to take your soul away.
On the vintage boom and responsible consumption
Anastasia: It seems to me that there has always been interest in vintage dishes, it's just that they wrote less about it before. But now people seem to have accumulated fatigue from a mass product, things with a history have become more appreciated. Vintage is responsible consumption because we extend the life of old items.
Svetlana: If you draw conclusions from the point of view of video and photos, there is a feeling that people are tired of clothes, and photographers and stylists are tired of taking pictures of people and have switched to the subject. Set design began to develop more.
As for me personally, I try to follow the principles of responsible consumption and have been sorting garbage for three years now and giving advice to friends and subscribers on the topic. There is one drawback - in order to take the garbage to the sorting point, you need a car, so a vicious circle turns out. But I don't use it often. I also try to replace household items with more sustainable alternatives - for example, I use cotton swabs and toothbrushes on a wooden base.
Anastasia: It is difficult to hand over garbage separately, because there are not so many collection points. At the sight of ordinary containers in Moscow it becomes sad - people dump everything there. I also try to reduce plastic consumption: I do not use bags, I always take shopping bags and a backpack to the store, I try not to buy bottled water. Of course, I still have to grow and grow.
About working with friends
Svetlana: At the very beginning, we had disagreements over how to develop the project. But we cooled down very quickly and, having discussed everything, decided to move on. Here, as in any relationship, you need to be able to talk and listen to each other. In no case should you just break loose and leave everything. Yes, Nastya and I have a similar taste, but on some issues we disagree, and this is normal. It is important to find a compromise.
Anastasia: There are also many advantages of working with a friend. Working together, we divide the responsibilities in half - for example, Sveta is better at managing the communication part, and I love the signs and can painstakingly keep records. We do some things like filming together - Sveta produces, and I stylize. And, of course, we can always hedge each other.
About plans for the future
Anastasia: We work with a narrow segment: the vintage of the post-Soviet space is a very underestimated thing that is of little interest outside of Russia and neighboring countries. But in the same USSR there were cool artists who worked with art glass - the works of some of them can even be found in museums - and we would very much like to develop this direction.So far we are working with more budgetary objects, but we want to make a line of Soviet art glass. Of course, this is a completely different price category, but it seems to me that just such objects can be interesting abroad as well.
Before the end of the year, we plan to open our own offline space or to start teaming up with someone. The ability to communicate with customers, discuss the history of things with them over a cup of tea is a real dream.