Valentyna is a doll-maker from Kyiv. Once, she received a motanka as a present and later started creating such dolls herself. She says that the woman’s internal strength is transferred to the doll that is why dolls of each master are unique.
As a rule, images of her dolls come to Valentyna in her dreams. The moment she starts creating a doll she feels the doll come alive and suggest what it wants to be like. The master creates dolls in silence; she also has a small assistant – a cat Sashko – that is always watching the process of creation.
As materials for dolls the master uses wood, herbs, flax, cotton, different threads and beads.