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i was born in USSR in Kazakhstan. we did not have books about crafts, no computer to see how big is the world. my mom was always busy with something, crochet or knitting or macrame, sewing. so we learned that from her but it was not enough. we learned how to do needle work and some construction work from my papa. i grew up and learned more hobbies. my main interest now is beading.

How did i decide what medium i wanted to work with?
when i was 8 i had string of dark blue beads and wanted to have treasure box. me and my sister made a box from post cards! we would put lots of junk inside and on the top that blue string of little beads imagining that that box is filled with treasures. for years we were keeping those beads stringing them on 1 or 2 threads. we did not know what else to do with them. it is why i like weaving beads now as it was something i did not learn when i was a kid.

* What aspect of creating my art/craft do i find the most enjoyable?
complicated things! i could string nice beads add clasp to it or put charm on chain and call it jewelry. but it is boring. about everybody else can do it. but not every jewelry person can weave little tiny beads together and get an art, get them bloom turning them into flower, feather almost anything!

4. If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
i like to do blooms of both as with seed beads it is possible. but i am probably fruit as they are higher from the ground usually)))

* If i had to choose one other medium in which to display my “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
cross stitch.
i started needle work when i was in kindergarten. we would stitch little napkin every birthday for my grand ma. i never saw she would use them. she is no longer with us. but once when i was making order in her house i opened one drawer and found all or our little presents to her. i cried. i did not know she dearly kept them all.she was very strict woman who was not spoiling us and not showing her feeling much. i do cross titch sometimes. but not get patterns from store or web. i like to do something only mine. so i am making portraits by designing patterns. it takes about 6 months for one but i love to see how colorful threads are becoming something beautiful.

*What message do i you want to convey with my art/craft?
i want people to be noticeable by wearing something different.

*What advice do you i have for other artists/crafters?
i am not doing it for profit, i am doing it for joy

Valeria Beads

http://www.zibbet.com/velvetglass i started new shop with supplies!

see more of my work here http://valeriabeads.blogspot.com/
anything can be added to my shop or custom made or traded.
am working on new category of jewelry that i will add to my shop. it will be something very unexpected and unusual. so stop by sometimes to check it out.