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I’ve grown up in St. Petersburg, Russia. All my childhood I was painting in an art studio. I finished University, where I studied Geography and Cartography. I was fascinated by beauty of stones whose names we had to memorize and the tiny flowers under the microscope. Back then we learnt how to draw maps and fonts by hand. When I met my husband, a professional artist, he became my art and design teacher. We lived for a few years in Germany, and several years in Czech Republic. Prague, where I lived for a while, reminds me of a jewelry collection itself. Czech people are amazing craftsmen. Now we have been living in Canada for several years. I was painting, drawing and doing other creative things all those years with exception of few dedicated totally to my children. I had personal exhibition in Germany and performed multiple commissions: paintings in my personal style, murals and copies; still life, landscape and portrait (normal size an…

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  • Joined December 9, 2008

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I work with glass beads, gemstones and glass stones, fresh water pearls, Chinese crystals, Swarovsky crystals, nontarnish silver, gold wire with copper core, gunmetal, copper, bronze and brass wire and acrylic coated wire made of copper

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I’ve grown up in St. Petersburg, Russia. All my childhood I was painting in an art studio. I finished University, where I studied Geography and Cartography. I was fascinated by beauty of stones whose names we had to memorize and the tiny flowers under the microscope. Back then we learnt how to draw maps and fonts by hand. When I met my husband, a professional artist, he became my art and design teacher. We lived for a few years in Germany, and several years in Czech Republic. Prague, where I lived for a while, reminds me of a jewelry collection itself. Czech people are amazing craftsmen. Now we have been living in Canada for several years. I was painting, drawing and doing other creative things all those years with exception of few dedicated totally to my children. I had personal exhibition in Germany and performed multiple commissions: paintings in my personal style, murals and copies; still life, landscape and portrait (normal size and miniature). In last years I studied decorative arts in studio in St. Petersburg and ceramics in Toronto. I’m also familiar with computer graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Painter) but I think that stones and metals are more endurable than sequences of 0’s and 1’s on a hard drive, and the glow of glass is more appealing to me than a computer screen.
I was experimenting a lot with wire in my childhood and even learned from science magazine how to make sophisticated chains from wire. The very first piece of jewelry I made in 2000 as a birthday present. However I started to make jewelry for sale only in 2007, when I bought a nice collection of beads and other materials on a garage sale. I borrowed books from library, learnt some basics and went through many books on jewelry trying to find useful ideas. Everything was too simple and dull for me. I tried different styles but wasn’t satisfied. I didn’t see much contemporary jewelry then but a critical moment occurred when I saw some amazing jewelry work online done with wire wrapping. I was inspired to try wire wrapping myself. But I didn’t want to copy somebody else’s design and methods except the very basics. So I spent few weeks, trying to figure out my own ways of expression. It looks like I’ve succeeded.

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