Ekaterina Kolpakova (1990 - ), born in Moscow, Russia. She spent her teenage years in Moscow and Boston, MA, travelling back and forth between the two cities. She studied Linguistics at Moscow State University for three years, after which Kolpakova transferred to University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA and graduated in 2011 with B.A. in Linguistics. She is currently pursuing a M.A. degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Portland State University.
Kolpakova discovered block printing in 2012 and it became her way of telling stories and sharing observations about the world. She sees storytelling as one of the most powerful instruments of how people can learn from each other - it works regardless of the language used, cultural background or social status. She enjoys block printing for many reasons, and not the least because making prints is a multistep process and every step engages the artist in a different way.