Welcome and thank you very much for visiting my page!
I am a self-taught jewelry artist with a background in music and graphic design.
I was born and raised in Moldova and lived for more than a decade in New York City. I presently reside in Vancouver, Washington.
Pencils and paints have been my favorite tools of self-expression since I can remember. As a child, I could sit and draw for hours, paying little notice to the time.
Once, on a hot summer evening, I heard “Moonlight” Sonata. I fell in love with it and decided to devote my life to music. It would come to pass that I would first earn a bachelor’s degree in music, and secondly – and much later, an associate’s degree in graphic design.
I began working with beads when I started making ballroom dance costumes for my daughter. Sawing a ton of beads onto a dress was not exactly a task I would look forward to.
Later I decided to fix a pearl necklace I had brought back from one of my trips. I was 35 and bored with mainstream jewelry. Then I had an idea of decorating a tank top with beads… I have been stringing beads and bead weaving ever since.
At first, I made jewelry to wear at work. Then I created a matching necklace for an evening dress. I was looking to save money on jewelry that I would only wear once, but at the same time, I realized I can express my style through those pieces.
Today, I still design asking myself” Would I love wearing it?”
I primarily work with seed beads and natural stones and use fabric or other materials from time to time. I receive inspiration for my work from fashion, nature, and from the numerous museums I have visited around the world. Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of my work presented here.