Marina Davis was raised on a remote family farm, by the sea, in the deep south of New Zealand. Taken to lessons at the age of three by her Russian mother, dance was her first passion. This lead to training as a performance designer and from her natural gravitation to costume, she wanted to look deeper into fashion and textile technology.
Davis spent time studying at Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in Wellington and Central Saint Martins in London.
Real world experience was gained as head designer of Kowtow, assistant to Lela Jacobs and as a textile breakdown artist for Peter Jackson at Stone Street Studios.
Ovna Ovich was born from an innate drive to follow her own path. It is the culmination of Davis’ interests and the desire to make clothing that respects our natural resources and people.