Yekaterina has been exhibiting and teaching internationally throughout the US, Australia, the UK, Netherlands, and Canada since 2012. In 2015, she became a finalist in the prestigious NICHE Awards (NICHE Magazine and American Made Show). Her latest shows and exhibits include the Wool Ways 2016 show in Amsterdam, the Sea States 2016 exhibition (duo with Fiona Duthie) at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle, Australia, and the Sea States 2017 (duo with Fiona Duthie) at the Dyeing House Gallery in Prato, Italy
Katia's works have been represented in several magazines, books, and blogs such as Folt Bolt art blog, Felt Matters, Ver Filtz und Zuge Naht magazine, Belle Armoire, Felt (Australia), Filtz Fun, Textile Art Around the World, Worldwide Colours of Felt.
Why Feuer und Wasser? The primary source of Yekaterina's works is the wilderness theme and its organic connection to humanity's symbiosis with nature. Her latest ideas are going beyond just the exploration of the vast variety of colors and textures of natural objects. Humans like to perceive themselves at a competition with the natural world around them when they should see themselves as a part of it no less than any other living being. In nature, we should find comfort, protection and continuous evolution of ourselves, for our progress lies in mimicry and adaptation to the surroundings of that world, much in a chameleon-like way. Fire and water are not mere elements of nature but were always, and still are the essential skills acquired by humankind for the necessity of life and following skills. Felting is among the most primal and sacred of such skills, being born of the combination of water heated by fire to alter the form of wool, rendering the most minimal use of resources, but with the most versatility and interaction between human and nature. Therefore such interaction deems us as a part of our actual biological environment.
The creation process involving wool, another animal, and plant fibers, and woven fabric combinations uncovers a myriad of creative design and potential. Intricacy and simplicity in these compositions are equally important in the artist's perception. Shape, color, texture, patterns all play a role in the final completed work and are manifested as physical instruments to the imagination.
The utilization of such techniques permits for the use of sustainable materials, which are the essence of Yekaterina's agenda to maintain the waste free and organic nature of her creations.
A nuno felted outfit composed of wool fabric, silk chiffon, merino wool, and embroidered with silk yarn. Created by Yekaterina, as one of the finalists of the 2005 Arts of Fashion Foundation Competition in San Francisco.
Feuer Und Wasser is a unique experimental textile art studio, created by multi-medium artist Yekaterina (Katia) Mokeyeva.
Yekaterina graduated from the Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1995. Her exploration of various methods and mediums has led to a development of a more specific direction that sparked love in the realm of textile and fiber art.
As an extension to her education, she completed the junior and senior years at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, focusing on clothing design and textile. Participating in a short summer study abroad program in London's Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design gave her a new spectrum of inspiration.
Established in 2008 in San Francisco, the Feuer Und Wasser studio relocated in 2016 from the busy Bay Area to the Vermont's Green Mountains.