Anastasiya Klimanova was the winner of our Hot August Nights beading challenge. Her entry ‘Prescient Dream’s Catcher’ won lots of praise for its originality and skillful execution. We were curious to learn more about Anastasiya and her jewelry making journey. Here is her story:
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m 26 years old. I was born in Russia in the nice Siberian city Tomsk and I still live here. I’m a geographer with higher education and few years of work experience worked in my major. But today my hobby became a primary work. Since 2009 I have started to make beaded jewelry for sale. For more than a whole year I earn my leaving with handmade: jewelry, repair and re-design only. Sometimes I give beading workshops for children or grown-ups. I also have two live records on radio, two articles in local newspapers and once I had taken part in TV story.
How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?
All of us learn beadweaving at school on manual training. But most of us lose the enthusiasm with this kind of activity very soon. I have saved my passion for seed beads so far. I can’t remember the exact date, but I practice beadweaving for about 15 years. Some earliest works are still in jewelry box. Sometimes I take them out and look at them. Terrible sight! I show no one. It was so hard to buy seed beads that time, so I used Chinese seed beads from sewing shops and mother’s and grandmother’s old Czech seed bead jewelry. Maybe exactly mother’s passion to bijou passed to me. But she wears them, and I make. I rarely wear beads. And that is strange
What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?
I like to work with different materials, to play with the texture. I use felt, lace, ribbons, feathers, wire. And I try knitting, decoupage, use polymer clay and cold enamel. But all kinds of seed beads are primary materials, of course.
Who or what inspires your creative process?
The most powerful creative kick off is the phrase “Make me something” Often I get big pile of beads from my customers with request to do
something decent with them. That’s when throes of creation begin. So I often get an inspiration from unusual materials (strange beads, that want to combine with nothing else… long bugle beads, that make you crazy and you don’t know what to do with it). When I have troubles with inspiration I simply go for a walk. Rich Siberian nature has no reflection in my creations but it helps me to get a burst of energy. Certainly I get an inspiration from the works of other masters. What would we do without the Internet?! Almost every day I go to my lovely website http://www.biser.infoto look what’s new. Discussions, blogs, exchange of know-hows… New works, new patterns. It’s senseless to list the sources of inspiration, because I have many favorite beadweavers. I like clear geometric forms and can mark two authors, who made strong influence for my creations: Gwen Fisher and Jean Power.
Thanks Anastasiya! It was great to read your story and best of luck with all your endeavors!