Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!
– First off, would you like to introduce yourself, your life, where do you live, a little about your background let’s say?
My name is Anastasia and I am a jewellery designer. I’ve lived in the UK since 2006. My family moved here from Moscow, Russia where I was born and lived first thirty years of my life. I have always had a passion for art and as a child attended Children’s School of Art, but my desire to become an artist was not to be fulfilled till I turned 27 as after finishing a high school I got a degree at Moscow State University and made a successful office career. By the age of 27 I worked as an HR Director for an international company operating out of Russia. Nevertheless, I decided to leave the corporate world and pursue my dream of becoming an artist. I graduated from Academic School of Design in Moscow in 2005 and have being designing and making jewellery ever since.
Yes, I changed a lot, I must say that London is a capital of art and modern art and most importantly the art in London and in the UK is accessible, what I am trying to say that there are lots of museums and exhibitions to choose from, some of them offer a free entrance to the visitors, for me it is very important as I live in industrial city Peterborough, which is situated 90 miles north of London and usually spend two weekend a month in London. Every time I am in London I visit two or three art exhibitions. During the winter time it is just a way of spending the day, working from one gallery to another with friends.
My “Dreaming of Butterflies” collection is inspired by natural beauty of butterflies, Gustav Klimt paintings, and gorgeous vintage brooches.
– When did you first begin creating jewelry?
In 2005 after graduating from Academic School of Design in Moscow
– Why butterflies, in particular?
I love creating wearable art. My goal is to make women feel beautiful and happy when they put on one of my jewellery pieces. I want them to experience that same dream-like state of being that I envision when creating my jewellery. Creating and designing my Butterfly necklaces is like living in a dream, in an enchanted forest. It feels like I am bringing beauty, happiness and peace to this world, by inhabiting it with such gentle and gorgeous creations as butterflies.
– Have you tried other crafts or arts before jewelry?
I like drawing and most fascinated by the life drawing. The image of one of my latest painting is attached.
I think that the key factor is to create something unique, but still practical. Quality photos and good product description are vitally important as well.
– Why should people buy handmade?
Handmade items are unique and original. Buying and using the handmade goods allow you to look different. Also, by buying hand made goods you support the artists who are making our life more beautiful. Before the industrialization in the 19th century all the goods people were wearing or using, including furniture, dress, hats, shoes, cosmetics, etc were handmade and in a way unique. Now we are living in an era of mass production, we are wearing the dress which looks alike; we all follow the fashion trends, basically buying what is sold in a High street shop, so the only way is to stand out is to have some handmade fashion items in your wardrobe.
I like reading books and a year ago my passion for reading grown to something more, I finished writing my first book, which is written in Russian and now three chapters of the book has been published in Russian Mind Magazine.
– Now, something a little less craft related… Do you like reading? Watching movies? What books have you read lately, and what movies have you watched?
I like Russian modern literature. Talking about the cinema, I recently watched two very interesting films which I think I can recommend to your blog readers Marry and Max, it is the most beautiful and honest carton I have seen in my entire life and Battle Royal with my faiborite director and the great actor Takeshi Kitano playing the main character. Talking about this year film I would love to recommend the Italian audience to watch Angels Of Evil by Michele Placido. Even though it is not actually my faivorite genre it is beautifully made.
My first exhibition will take place in Newashgate gallery from the 10Th of June till the 20Th of July. They will be showing two of my four jewellery collections: “Dreaming of Butterflies and Web”: www.newashgate.org.uk.
– Would you like to offer some kind of promotion to our readers ?
So, thank you for your time, I hope you enjoyed reading the interview, and now go check out Anastasia’s creations on Etsy! And if you buy something, don’t forget to tell her you found her via us! 😉
Have a wonderful day, Silvia.