Galina was born in Russia, Saint Petersburg and worked as a geologist for 15 years. At this time she started working with leather. This hobby became a passion. It was natural for her to use leather and gems together, to create jewellery. Her pieces were included in both Russian and international exhibitions.
The next step in her journey was studying silk flower making. The focus of this study was the Japanese Somebana school. Using this knowledge, and her experience in working with leather, enabled her to establish her own method of creating leather flowers. She has developed her own style and technique. With this technique, Galina achieves a perfect reflection of nature.
Galina's latest innovation is using a type of thermoplastic, Eva Foam in flower-making, particularly in millinery. As Eva Foam is reasonably inexpensive, easily available and produces beautiful light and hardy flowers, her Eva Foam Flowers workshops are extremally popular.
Currently Galina works mostly on custom orders for Australian and International Milliners. Hats featuring her flowers have been in the Finals and have won at Fashion on the Field.
Galina Kofod is a popular and in demand international tutor. Recently she has returned from a trip to Europe where she conducted workshops in Russia, France and London. She tutors regularly at Millinery conventions and the McGregor Schools. Galina has had numerous workshops all around Australia.