CCAD international student: Kornelia Mayomi

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When it comes to origins, it doesn't get any more authentic than this.

Kornelia Mayomi drew from her childhood memories of summertime trips to her grandmother's house near the Russia-Ukraine border to sketch up the Russian-inspired garments she made for this year's fashion show.

A native of Poland, Mayomi used fabric, fur and jewelry her mother shipped from home to flesh out the rich, velvet-heavy looks.

Mayomi isn't new to the United States. She moved to Columbus in 2001, shortly after graduating from high school, to become an au pair. After the exchange program ended, she chose to stay, and she applied to CCAD after a friend raved about the fashion program.

Now, she's working part-time as a sales associate at Macy's Polaris and lives near Ohio State's campus. She likes that Columbus doesn't have so much going on that it distracts her from sewing, she said. But she's eager to move, perhaps to Europe, after graduating in December.

She'd like to pursue a fashion career there, and admits there aren't many opportunities of that sort in Poland.

She's also eager to see her mother, Anna, at graduation. Mayomi hasn't returned to Poland since moving here, and 2002 was the last year Anna made the trip to Columbus.

The two are clearly emotionally close, and they've kept in constant contact - Mayomi's mother, who loves sewing, lives vicariously through her daughter's senior fashion collection.

"I've sent her my pictures," Mayomi said. "Every time I make something. Even the progress, I always take pictures because she likes to see it."