After talking to Elena, she pointed out to me she also has shop selling her felted creations, Elena's Felting, with more extremely unique work! Not only does she do the more "usual" felting work, like scarves and shawls, she also creates jewelry, purses, and rugs! And her felting, like her bead work, is earthy while colorful and absolutely beautiful.
So I'm sure the question on all of our minds is, How does she have the time to work in 2 mediums in 2 Etsy shops as well as juggling life? And as always, I feel the artist herself can say more about her work than I, so here is our interview!
|Red Passion Bracelet|
Erika with a K: Hi Elena! Before we begin I have to tell you I love your work. So unique! And can you tell us a little about yourself?
Elena: We came to Canada almost 14 years ago from Russia. I have a family – husband, son and dog; I work as a Drafter, and I have two hobbies – felting and bead weaving.
Erika with a K: My first question is how did you begin doing bead weaving? How did you learn?
Elena: I love stylish and fancy jewelry... jewelry you can wear with evening dress or in the office... One of my friends making beaded jewelry as well, so I thought – why not? I can try and create something different and (I hope) unique, something new, something stylish… And yes - this is my style and I hope you will like it! Talking about learning, it was self-study – I’ve found a lot of free tutorials on Internet, I’ve bought and studied several books about making beaded jewelry. I was making my first bead weaving project more than 2 months starting over again and again until I had result I liked.
Erika with a K: And I noticed you also do felting, how did you learn to do that?
|Rustic Wool Shawl and Brooch|
Erika with a K: Which medium do you prefer?
Elena: I love both mediums I work with – wool and beads.
Erika with a K: What advice can you give anyone who does or wants to begin doing bead weaving or felting?
Elena: Be patient; practice a lot; take workshops; use any information you can find.
Erika with a K: Who or what are your biggest inspirations?
Elena: Hard to say… honestly. It’s just coming… Sometimes it takes a time to come up with idea, and sometimes it’s like light strike – boom! and you have complete picture in your mind.
Erika with a K: What do you do in your free time?
|Grassy Light Green Wool Silk Pendant|
Erika with a K: Do you sell at any other venues besides Etsy? If so, where?
Elena: I am participating in different local handcraft shows – One of a Kind Show in Toronto, Just For Us Originals, The Moose Show… This year I’ve applied again for One of a Kind Christmas Show and Just for Us Originals.
Erika with a K: What business advice can you give us?
Elena: It’s pretty hard to start your own successful business… be optimistic, don’t give up, tell yourself – I can do it!
Erika with a K: And I’m dying to know, who is the model in your photos?
Erika with a K: Is there anything else you want to tell us?
Elena: Erika, I am very glad you were interested in my beaded jewelry, and I hope your blog readers will like my jewelry as well. Best wishes to all your readers!
Thanks so much Elena! We wish you a ton of luck in your business! Keep up the good work.
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