Handmade Gifts by Natalia
The heat is on and with so much dust in the air, you will be looking for a nice cool place to escape this weekend. The coolest place in Dubai this Friday, June 3rd will be ARTE at the Oasis Center. June is here and it is time to get ready for visits to friends and family. What better place to get unique handmade goods than at ARTE and this week’s artist has the perfect gifts to fit easily into one’s suitcase.
Natalia of Handmade Gifts has been showcasing her decoupage talents at ARTE for 5 years. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalia has lived in the UAE for 15 years. She raised her daughters here and was always looking for craft projects they could do together. She started doing decoupage with them but her daughters found it a bit much, however, Natalia really enjoyed it so she kept making objects for herself. This led to presents for her relatives and friends. After awhile, she ran out of space in her house and started doing ARTE.
Natalia believes in recycling and is always looking for items that can be turned into works of art.
Natalia’s passion for decoupage has her spending hours searching for the perfect images that will transform ordinary boxes and bottles into divine creations. She is always searching craft books for new ideas and her husband contributes by giving her new machines and gadgets to help her with her craft.
Natalia loves to be challenged and can take pictures that her customers give her to create special orders. In the past, her customers have given her pictures of their homes, pets and family.
Natalia does not just put pictures on a box, she likes to see what other artistic techniques she can add to her work such as crackling, paste, paint, lace or twine.
Natalia does not repeat her designs so each piece is always unique. Her decoupage is perfect for gifts, especially at this time of year when teacher and leaving gifts are in demand.
Do you have an idea or picture that you would like to see in your home? Natalia will be happy to help you make it a reality! You can contact Natalia by
And do not forget to stop by Natalia’s table and say hi the next time you are at ARTE!