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Arina P. Franzén


My name is Arina and I am the founder of the studio “Dark Tales”. As a background, I am a professional writer-biographer with a degree in history and psychology.

Despite scientific work, all my life I have been fond of crafts, esotericism and the Gothic subculture.

As a writer, I work in two genres: history and horror narrative. While creating dark worlds, I have also tried to illustrate them through art.

This is how the idea of “Dark Tales came up – I needed to spill imagination not only through words but also through other artefacts: fragrances, scented candles (an indispensable attribute of every writer), loose leaf tea, one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces and other creations.

Dark Tales was founded in July 2019 in Moscow (Russia) as a hobby, and in October I already had my little shop running on Etsy. Today the studio is expanding – in September 2020 it moved to Uppsala (Sweden) and got an official brand registration. Hopefully, soon we will also be able to open a physical boutique.

As a designer, I take my inspiration from nature, literature, and history – this is why many themes have historical and fictional motives.
I have a small but very proud team. Sometimes we are so dedicated to the process, that we lose the sense of time and stay up the whole night (literally).

We care about every piece the studio creates; therefore, all items are unique and made of high-quality materials collected from all over the world.

We hope you enjoy it!


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