Sirin and Alkonost - the Keepers of life

Lead DesignerEkaterina Ezhova
Prize(s)2nd Place in Accessory / Scarves
Entry Description

Fashion accessory.
The original composition of traditional Russian mythological images made on the silk scarf 90x90 cm., 11 colors.
2012. Moscow. Russia.
Sirin and Alkonost - birds described in Russian mythological legends and tales. According to Russian folklore, Sirin is a big, strong, colorful bird with head and chest of a beautiful woman, stern face and a crown on its head. Sirin as the sea bird-maidens Sirena, with their beautiful songs lured sailors who, hearing their enchanting voices would forget everything on earth, following them into the realm of death. Russian Sirin was endowed with magical features of protective nature, personifing beauty, happiness and joy of life. Near Sirin, Slavs would often paint another mythical bird, Alkonost. Alkonost is the Bird of Dawn, it is depicted with hands and wings and a flower in its hand, which controls the wind and the weather.


I was born in the city of Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) in Germany. Graduated from faculty of Fine arts of the Moscow Teacher's training State University, the department of graphic. I began my career in 1994 year as an illustrator and graphic designer of greeting cards. Afterwards, I worked as a graphic designer and art director in some leading advertising agencies of Moscow city. Next I started working in the sphere of fashion in Italy. Since 2005 year I am working as art director in Divage International Srl in Villafranca di Verona. I create packaging, logos and labels, corporate identity, advertising, brochure, interior design, designer silk scarves, greeting cards.