My name is Elena Belokrinitski, and I was born in Moscow, Russia. At the age of 12, I moved to Israel with my family. I currently live in Israel near Tel Aviv. Officially, I am a textile designer, and I now design wallpaper, which is my passion.
My other passion is creating toys and accessories (I began creating dolls at 5 years old!). I learned to sew and knit very early, and have been making things for as long as I can remember.
I found Etsy by accident, browsing somebody’s links. I thought that this could be the ideal place for me to show off and sell my items! In Israel, I occasionally participate in street markets, designer shows and festivals. But really, I prefer to sit at home and prepare all kinds of projects instead of burning under the sun with loud music blaring at the festivals (the summer is 9 months long in Israel). I love Etsy a lot; the site is very user-friendly, and so pretty! However, I haven’t yet figured out how to push my sales or where to advertise. If any of you have tips on that, I would love to learn. (Post in the comments!)
Meanwhile, I’m concentrating on my latest handmade project, which is felt jewelery. I just love working with felt! My other favorite materials are: plush, polymer clay, paper, papier mache, and many more.
My home is in Ramat-gan, and my studio is my balcony. I love my quiet green neighborhood. Living in Israel seems pretty dangerous for foreigners, but I consider Israel home. Among designing, I love to communicate and meet new people, amateur theater, walk on the streets of Tel-Aviv, and buy new shoes.
Below you’ll find items from other talented Etsians who hail from Israel!