Zoya Gutina

Publié le par luz

Le monde fabuleux de Zoya Gutina, qui est une artiste du tissage de perles inspirée par la nature. Les bijoux en photo dans cet article sont de cette artiste qui m'a permis de les publier sur le blog. Merci beaucoup Zoya !

 Site : My Lovely Beads
 Blog : Gem and Beaded Jewelry

La traduction viendra certainement bientôt, quand le temps m'accordera grâce.

The fabulous world of Zoya Gutina, who is a wonderful beading artist inspired by nature.
All article pictures came from Zoya herself, she allowed me to edit them for this blog. Thank you so much Zoya !

Zoya's website :
My Lovely Beads
Zoya's blog : Gem and Beaded Jewelry

1. Zoya, when and how did you know beadwork?

I grew up in the USSR in the family loving all kind of crafts, and at the early age I learned sewing, knitting, crocheting, lace making, macrame. When I was 10, I was studying ballet, and needed a dress for practicing. A dress was sewn for me, but I decided to decorate it, and sewed a gentle beadwork flower onto my chest. The beads were a transparent yellow color, very pale, and the dress was of a cream-colored material. At that time I felt is was an appropriate combination, and I was right, the dress looked very pretty.

2. So, have you beaded since then?

No, for a long time I've done a lot of craftwork, but beading. I returned to beadwork about 7 years ago, when I already lived in New York City. Once a friend of mine from Russia showed me some samples of her beaded jewelry and presented three pieces to me. I was so impressed, that I decided to try beading again after my first attempts when I was a young girl.

3. Zoya, did you learn beading somewhere? How have you developed
your skills?

After I made my decision to start over beading, I scurried around, trying to acquire everything about beadwork, but it turned out that too few books were available. I used any opportunity to learn beading technique, I have spent hours and days for that. Soon I started to experiment by myself, with beads of a whole range of various dimensions, and with gemstones. The experimentation started to bear fruit, there were my first serious efforts. But, of course, I'm still learning.


4. When did you sell your first piece of jewelry?  Do you sell
your jewelry now and where?

In 2003 I was invited to participate in selling my handicrafts at an art market in Manhattan and in some local gift shops in Brooklyn. It gave me a good feeling of encouragement, that my artifacts are desired and appreciated. Since 2006 I have been living in Alexandria, VA, a city rich in history, art, and culture. I exhibit my fine objects in the Potomac Craftsmen Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, you can find my gemstone and beaded jewelry in some art and jewelry stores in Washington Metropolitan Area. In January 2007 to extend my selling efforts I started my own small business - online custom gemstone and beaded jewelry store http://www.mylovelybeads.com .

This spring I won 2008 Annual Jury for Torpedo Factory Artist and became a member of this well known in Washington Metropolitan Area (and not only) Artist Association. Since June I have shared Studio 5 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
http://www.torpedofactory.org/artists/gutina_z.htm ), I can work there and sell my jewelry.

5. Zoya, what inspires you for your designs?

Inspirations for my designs come to me night and day. At night, when I close my eyes, fantastic colors and forms of my future efforts appear before me. Often, I cannot even find beads of those colors. During the day, images appear when I see flowering trees outside, or just flowers in the spring ; during the winter, geometric frozen shapes ; and then, both during sunrise and sunset.

6. Do you participate in any jewelry design contests?

Last year I decided to participate in beading contests and my first try was successful : my Aquamarine Morning and Amethyst Night Necklace won First Place in Glass Category of the Rings & Things "Your Designs Rock!" 2007 Jewelry Design Contest. Two more my creations were finalists of the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2006-2007 Beading Contest : Fall Rhapsody Set in the Jewelry Set Category and Butterfly Necklace in the Wearable Art Category.

This year is lucky for me : I again won First Place and
Honorable Mention in the Rings & Things "Your Designs Rock!" 2008 Contest, made the final in the Wearable Expressions 2008, Bead Dreams 2008, and Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Contest. And the year is not over yet!

I perfectly understand that I need to learn more, and more, and more to create jewelry that can satisfy any choosy and picky customer, but I am an optimist and ready to work as much as it needs!

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Commenter cet article

perlesaxatasa 20/07/2011 00:30

Quel travail ! c'est vraiment impressionnant. J'aimerais avoir la patience de faire de telles réalisations

luz 22/07/2011 15:26

Moi aussi, lol, Zoya est une grande dame et une véritable artiste très inspirée et inspirante !

Jewelry Armoire 21/12/2010 15:06

Interesting interview and some lovely designs.

Zoya Gutina 10/08/2008 02:08

Thank you, dear Valerie, for the honor to be presented in your blog! Thank you, dear friends, for all your extremely kind words on my beadwork! :)

ixela 30/07/2008 10:37

I really love Zoya's artwork... simply stunning!!!

Carol Holmes 28/07/2008 05:33

I enjoyed reading the interview with one of my most favorite bead artists, who I am fortunate to know personally. Congratulations, Zoya !

luz 28/07/2008 10:06

How a lucky person you are to know her. I wish one day to meet her personally too.
Thank you for your visit and your comment here, it's a pleasure to read comment and to share our beading passion.

Eivlys 22/06/2008 22:05

c'est impressionnant ce quelle fait
merci de partager avec nous

Isatis 21/06/2008 08:43

Je ne connaissais pas ... Une magnifique découverte !

Carole-perles 19/06/2008 12:10

Merci de nous avoir fait découvrir cette artiste !
Ce qu'elle fait est superbe !

PERLETTE 94 18/06/2008 21:34

Quel talent ! superbe ! merci pour les liens ! bizz

kitty13 18/06/2008 20:36

c'est vrai qu'elle fait des choses superbes, merci pour les liens !!!!

mattaxel 18/06/2008 17:58

C'est superbe !!!
Merci à toi de nous faire découvrir cette perle rare de la nature

luz 18/06/2008 20:23

Merci à vous toutes. Si vous cliquez sur son lien blog vous pouvez voir le premier collier en construction, et le dernier aussi je crois. Tout ce qu'elle
fait est prodigieux et en plus elle est adorable.
A pluz, Biz