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I grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, by the world’s most beautiful sea - The Black Sea. There is nothing more awe-inspiring than a sunrise on its sandy shores except, perhaps, a sunset…At any moment, I can close my eyes and transport myself there. The first rays of the sun gently touching my cheeks and the salty sea breeze competing for my affection. I hungrily scour the beach - gathering generous Neptune’s treasures of seashells, pebbles, driftwood. Sometimes, when I am really lucky, I find a bit of smooth, shiny glass that had been polished to perfection by the God of the Sea himself… He teases me to search for more.

As I now work with wonderful gifts of Nature, I feel this same salty breeze on my cheeks, and the same teasing to find new and interesting materials to craft my creations.

My grandmother was an artist - exquisite embroidery,…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 15
  • Joined August 26, 2008

Favorite materials

Semiprecious stones, silver wire and beads

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About

I grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, by the world’s most beautiful sea - The Black Sea. There is nothing more awe-inspiring than a sunrise on its sandy shores except, perhaps, a sunset…At any moment, I can close my eyes and transport myself there. The first rays of the sun gently touching my cheeks and the salty sea breeze competing for my affection. I hungrily scour the beach - gathering generous Neptune’s treasures of seashells, pebbles, driftwood. Sometimes, when I am really lucky, I find a bit of smooth, shiny glass that had been polished to perfection by the God of the Sea himself… He teases me to search for more.

As I now work with wonderful gifts of Nature, I feel this same salty breeze on my cheeks, and the same teasing to find new and interesting materials to craft my creations.

My grandmother was an artist - exquisite embroidery, textile paintings and hand painted aniline batik were her mediums. She lived through a revolution, the invasion of the Nazis, the subsequent evacuation of Odessa, exile away from her beloved home, pogroms, communism, hunger and constant fear of imprisonment. Somehow, she remained the freest spirit I have ever known.

My first childhood memory is sitting under a stretched batik, watching her free-handing magic above my head. Red, green, yellow anilines mixed with the sunshine and enveloped me in their kaleidoscopic beauty.

It is because of her that I became an Artist and a Fashion Designer; it is because of her that I strive to be generous and free with my expression. She inspires me still. As I work on my jewelry, I know she is watching from above, just as I watched her then, from below.

I received my degree in Fashion Design from the Odessa Theater and Art College, a wonderful, exclusive college that unfortunately does not seem to have survived Perestroika. In Cold War Era Russia, this little jewel was a bastion of free-thinking and self-expression. Because of its reputation as a true artistic home, competition for admission was fierce. The Class of 1976 consisted of twelve lucky artists who had competed with over 600 other young artists for admission.

Thirty years ago, I left behind my youth and found freedom here, in the United States. I had to leave behind my friends and classmates, my family, my profession. But I carried with me the treasures of the most beautiful sea, and the inspiration of the most wonderful artists.

This is what I now bring to you with my work.

Like a Pygmalion, I fall in love with my creations and they come alive for me. I hope that you will feel and see it in my work. Like my inner beachcomber, I am humbled by the quiet beauty of these natural materials. I check my design ego at the door of my shoppe. I strive to showcase the beauty of the stone first, and my design, second. I apply the Hippocratic Oath to my work: first do no harm!

All my designs are one of a kind and are handmade solely by me in my Shoppe from natural stones and silver wire. If you have any special jewelry requests, I will work with you to fulfill your special desires the best I can.

My pieces are made to be adored. I want you to be happy with your purchase and will accept any item that you do not completely love. I will promptly refund all your money, minus shipping fee, if any. Please, let me know within 3 days of your receipt and get it back to me in original condition and packaging. Your refund will be issued immediately upon receipt.

I truly appreciate you stopping by and browsing. If you have any questions of comments, please do contact me.

From time to time I travel to acquire more materials and inspiration, but I always do my best to keep up with my customers. I will get back to you as soon as I can. I hope to hear from you soon! Enjoy the show.

My deepest thanks to:
My Art and Literary History teacher and College Dean, Alexander Mendelson (Mendel, as we called him)
My Paint and Drawing teacher, Vladimir Sosnovsky, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Sosnovsky.
My Theater Costume Design teacher Zoya Ivnitskaya, The Chief Costume Designer at the Theater of Musical Comedy, http://www.zoyaiv.com
Olga Peterson, my Theater Textile Painting and Imitation teacher, and so many others whose names I can no longer recall... their spirit is still with me.

Beautifully yours,

Vizaniri

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