What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I really can’t say. I had this crafty itch as long as I can remember. There were different crafts along the way.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
My first seed beads came from a broken Czech necklace. The beads were black and white and I made an ornamental bracelet with wire. I was 7 at that time. It is hard to imagine this now but there were no beading books in 1970 in Moscow, so I invented different methods of beadwork myself. I use these methods to this day. It turns out many of these stitches are well-known and have a name. In much later years, I discovered internet shops with all the different materials and incorporated natural stones and pearls in my beadwork.
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
I love finding the best decoration for a stone. I really enjoy seeing how a beaded setting brings out the beauty of natural material.
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
It would be a pomegranate. Composed of small jewel-bright seeds and fit for a most festive table.
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
Ceramics. I like it as much as beadwork, and one day maybe I will be able to bring these to crafts together.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
I think there is not enough beauty in our lives, and I try to create jewelry that will make women look prettier.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Go for your heart’s desire! Don’t allow fashion trends to affect your creations too much.
Ira, it has been a real pleasure to have you on DZFANTASY as a featured artist. Your work is quite beautiful! Thanks again, for sharing your thoughts and creativity.
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