Friday, February 22, 2013

Artist Profile: Julia Savchenko - International Winner of our January Gems Beading Contest

Julia Savchenko was voted the #1 international entry in our January Gems Contest with her "Garden of Dragonflies Set".  An incredible pair of wire wrapped earrings, these feature amethyst and seed pearl beads, and have a unique asymmetrical style.  We were curious to learn more about Julia and her jewelry making journey.  Here is her story:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I live in Uzbekistan, an amazingly beautiful country located amidst the high mountains and boundless plains of Central Asia.  My land is rich with its history, culture and traditions.  On the narrow curvy streets of its ancient cities, among the walls of its centuries-old palaces, mosques and mausoleums, under the large southern stars one can fully feel the spirit of the East and the breath of bygone epochs.  Jewelry is one of my hobbies while I work as a logistician in a pharmaceutical company.  It is hard to find free time for the things I really like, but whenever there is a free minute - I use it for creating a new item. 

Julia's Winning Entry: "Garden of Dragonflies"
How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?

As far back as I can remember I have always had some inner urge to try this or that type of handcraft. I was always drawing, embroidering/cross-stitching, sculpting salt dough, making papertole pictures, sculpting clay decorative panels, assembling paper models, etc.  About 5 years ago I started sculpting porcelain jewelry.  It was beautiful but fragile.  One day I was browsing the internet and saw some handmade wire-wrapped jewelry and some polymer clay jewelry.  I was fascinated at the thought of the endless possibilities these materials can offer.  I tried and succeeded, moreover I realized that my skills bring joy not only to me but to lots of other people, jewelry making has become the only craft I really stuck to.

What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?

My favourite metal I use in the majority of my works is copper; oxidized and polished copper jewelry pieces look stylish with a touch of vintage and antiquity.  I use Swarovski crystals, Czech glass beads, pearls, seed beads, semi-precious stones and of course, polymer clay.  One of the most recognizable features of my work are items decorated with miniature bouquets made by me from scratch - it's a tribute to my love for sculpting.  Making tiny flowers, thinking of compositions and variations I can create with them is my passion.

Who or what inspires your creative process?

The ideas come themselves, sometimes not letting me fall asleep - I have to take a paper and make a rough sketch.  I draw inspiration from lots of things, mostly from nature, since nature is the most perfect artist who possesses the best colors and shapes.  Another source of inspiration are fairy tales, legends, Japanese poetry and art which I love a lot.  Apart from that I constantly learn, trying to apply new techniques in my work.

I make all kinds of jewelry items: necklaces, pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets, hairpins, but my favourite type is ear cuffs.  This kind of earring brings to mind some little accent of fantasy, fairy tale, something that is lacking in everyday life.

Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?

You can see a gallery of my jewelry at www.jsjewelry.deviantart.com or follow and contact me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/J.B.Savchenko.

Thanks for sharing Julia!  It was great to read a little bit about you and your work and we wish you the best of luck with your endeavors!

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