Irena Zelickman

Irena Zelickman

Bowl of Daisies
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Seed Beads
Bronze Medal Prize Winner
Category: Wedding and Holiday

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
I was born in Moscow, Russia and now live in Israel, in a charming small town near Jerusalem.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Any interesting observation could become a source of inspiration for me, but first and foremost I am inspired by my customers--women of all types, ages, and styles. I always explain to each customer, which pieces would best suit her style and her type.

What medium do you work with mostly?
My jewellery is made of seed beads, pearls and gemstones.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Bowl of Daisies

What inspired this design?
I was thinking of a classic "summer" type lady and the necklace to fit her. Then I saw a photo of a crystal bowl full of wild flowers. It all clicked together.

How did it come together?
I planned the overall proportion and colour combination. Specific details changed some in the process of working.

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Seed beads, despite popular belief, are made of glass and not plastic. With their beautiful colouring and a wide variety of shades and undertones, they are essentially a natural material. Due to their own colour, beads are better than metal when you need to emphasize the natural beauty of a gem, pearl, or nacre, while different weaving techniques allow creating interesting patterns and connecting elements.