- Please tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Daria and I live in Kiev, Ukraine with my husband and little daughter. I have a PhD in molecular biology and work as a scientific researcher. Currently I’m on maternity leave so I’m able to dedicate more time to jewelry making which now is becoming my additional source of income. Together with my friend I have organized master classes with guest artists teaching and also developed several classes myself.
- How long have you been creating? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
I inherited my passion for crafts from my family and I hope that I’ll be able to transmit it to my daughter. Both my grandmothers sewed a lot, my grandfather is a wood craft teacher, my mother knits and my younger brother is a professional ceramics artist.
I created things as long as I can remember myself and learned the basics of sewing and needle work from my grandmothers. My mother knits very well and has taught me crocheting and knitting, but I’ve realized it’s not my passion. By the way, all crocheted items in my shop are crocheted by my mother. I have come up with all designs and then asked her to make crocheted lace that I then transformed to jewelry.
I’ve graduated from Children's Fine Arts School and also attended violin classes at a music school for 6 years, which I think was enough for me to have some background in music.
I liked beading since I was a teenager. I still don’t understand how I have managed to learn it because there was no opportunity to buy seed beads during that time in Ukraine. When I read in books that somewhere it was possible to buy beads by weight it was like another Universe has opened up for me. However, the Internet Era has come and we have much fewer obstacles to prevent us from learning new techniques, from finding unique supplies and buying whatever we need for a project. One day I discovered the polymer community on the Internet and from that moment polymer clay has became my favorite medium.
- How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?
It’s hard to find a proper description for my style because I keep trying new techniques in polymer clay in order to achieve an interesting and fresh look. I like simple designs without complicated embellishments but try to add some spice to them. I look at other artist’s works and note any interesting details like unusual color combinations or new materials and then I use this knowledge to create something new and different. That’s how inspiration should work in my opinion.
- What inspires you and what does the day in your studio look like?
My inspiration comes mostly from nature. My family likes traveling a lot, we like to hike and every summer and spring we spend at least several days in the mountains or at the sea shore. The second source of inspiration includes folk ornaments, ethnic jewelry, trade beads. I visit all kinds of museums when I travel, and buy books, I also find interesting sites on the Internet.
My home is my studio and my “day” actually begins in the evening when my daughter goes to sleep. Then I have several hours to spend on making my handmade items, so almost everything that I create I create at night.
- Do you have a favorite item you have made?
It’s hard to name only one and my preferences change every time. Today I like my Boho collection the most.
- Do you use any special techniques or tools?
My home is stuffed with different kinds of materials and tools: pasta machine, cutters, textures, paints and inks and so on. I also find unusual applications for surrounding household objects: buttons, kid’s toys, kitchen utensils.
I have a feeling that sometimes sellers in shops where I buy tools think I’m crazy. I might be crazy alright but my family is already used to it. :)