Viktoria Ciostek | Knotty Moose Studio

Viktoria Ciostek

How long have you been an artisan? How did your particular skillset develop over time? 

I started as a photographer in high school, got into travel photography after college and started having art shows. Throughout this time I worked as a commercial painter and was involved in housing rehab projects where I began to collect trade skills. I met a woodworker and wanted to build my own art frames, so I started apprenticing in 2008 and fell in love with the craft. Over the years, I began making more wood frames for other artists and in 2015 I started my own woodshop.

Please describe your work / product. 

I source unique and sustainable woods to build custom solutions for home/commercial spaces.  I specialize in fine art framing, but also work with clients to bring their creative visions to life.  I believe in customizable wood pieces that allow one to thrive in their space.

Who are some of your favorite artisans / makers in the region? Who amongst your peers inspires your work? 

There’s so many. I’m a huge fan of printmakers, screen printers, and illustrators; I love building beautiful frames for stunning, original prints.  

How long have you been a business owner in WNY? 

I started my photography business in 2007, and was doing woodwork and framing on the side. I changed the business and made woodworking my priority in 2013.

How long have you been a part of Buffalo Women’s Gifts? 

This will be my first year and I am very excited.

Where can people see / purchase your work year-round? 

I am in the process of redesigning my webstore where frames and home goods can be purchased directly. As most of my work is one of a kind, most clients contact me directly for art framing, tables, and custom projects; I enjoy working directly with clients so I can design and build them a piece that fits their style and needs.   

Where else will you be representing your wares this holiday season? 

I will be at Queen City Market, WNYBAC Last Minute Panic, and I am doing an exciting collaboration with Red Disk, a local artisan handmade wallpaper company. We will be selling framed wallpaper prints in Ro Homeshop and the Burchfield Penney Art Center store.