Mujeres v. 3:  Elena Lyakir

Mujeres v. 3: Elena Lyakir

Introducing Mujeres

Our new series celebrating women who inspire us.


Elena Lyakir

Photo by Amanda Kaye


I knew the minute Elena walked into Nomad Chic in Todos Santos that it wouldn't be the last time we saw each other. Everything she tried on looked gorgeous on her- and then, I noticed the “necklace:" a single crystal around her neck with the most incredible chain I had ever seen. I thought to myself, I must carry these…and of course, she was the artist." - Linda


What do you identify as (photographer, designer, artist, dreamweaver, etc- no limits!):

I am a visual artist working in photography medium, and I design and handcraft unique art jewelry. 

I draw, journal, write poetry, and shoot documentary style photography when I travel, which are my more personal passions. 

I believe as a creative, one has to be a dreamer and that life is a continuous process of becoming. Life is not separate from art, one informs the other. 

What's a favorite memory from your childhood?

I grew up in northern Ukraine with long snowy winters. My favorite memory is the long awaited arrival of spring when hundreds of the swallows would swarm our courtyard to build nests making their bird calls and catching insects to feed their young. This memory evokes sentiments of something bittersweet; beautiful and full of longing.


What propels you forward in life? 

Transcending reality by imagination and the fervor for knowledge, experience, and creation.


What calms your soul in moments of uncertainty?

The one thing that keeps me anchored is being a mother. It taught me that nothing is permanent and everything changes, thus uncertainty can become a vehicle for transformation and even adventure. When nothing is sure, everything is possible.


What city or place best encapsulates who you are?

New York City, parts of Mexico, and the Mediterranean. 


What's your all-time favorite piece of advice/quote?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." Anais Nin


Who are a few "mujeres" you admire? 

I admire the strength and courage of all the women in my homeland, Ukraine.  


Who would you want to have drinks with and where?

Writer Rebecca Solnit, surrounded by books in a library bar at this magical boutique hotel, Budir, on the Snæfellsjökull Peninsula in Iceland.


What would you tell your younger self about life and the road ahead?

Expect the unexpected.


 Photo by Lina Shteyn

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