Friday, March 6, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - Fleur De Irk by Ira Zelickman

Gorgeous Carnelian Necklace

by Ira Zelickman

I throughly enjoyed exploring Ira's jewelry shop, FLEUR DE IRK on Etsy. This jewelry artist has some very beautiful, distinctive and elegant creations....! You really must take the time to have a peek into her shop, where you will find a wide selection of evening necklaces, bridal collection, everyday necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more.

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.

You can learn more about Ira and her creations by clicking on the links below.





1 comment:

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Oh such beautiful work by a wonderful bead artist.