Describe your artistic style. Self-taught. I try to do something new every day.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? There is a world of inspiration around us! I am inspired by life.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? I mostly enjoy making trees, flowers and Easter eggs, I recently tried to make jewelry.
I put together glass, beads, seed beads, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, and findings to make each piece a unique and special part of my work.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Easter Egg "Vase with Flowers"
What inspired this design? I was so impressed by the work of Fabergé and decided to create my master piece.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? Beading more than 13 years, I accidentally saw on TV a beaded Easter egg and wanted to make something for myself. I do my best in combination with different techniques and combinations of materials. Most of my work is never planned. I do as I feel.
Do you have an artistic background? I don't have any artistic background or special education for it.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? I discovered Fire Mountain from the Russian website-biser.info.
What other hobbies do you have? Beading is now my favorite hobby.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? I am a member of a Russian website--biser.info. On this website, I found a lot of friends and learned a lot.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? Beading is my biggest hobby. It does not bring me any income. All of my work usually goes to my friends as gifts.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I did participate in a charity fundraiser project for the Bead and Button show, "Alice in Wonderland." It was great pleasure, the tree I made for the project was entirely unique of its own composition and method of sewing the leaves and brush. I think it was one of my best works.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Never be afraid of fixing the work, keep trying until the result will inspire you to do more and be the strictest critic for yourself.