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Interveiw with Knick Knack handmade accessories designer


ENG: I bet you all missed this posts! It's an interview! This time I want you to meet my friend and also a very creative and talented person Alexandra! She does beautiful accessories in various techniques, I am absolutely positive you will something of your liking among her creations. The easiest way to find her is her instagram
RU: Уверена, вы все случали по этой рубрике. Интервью! В этот раз я хочу познакомить вас с моей подругой и по совместительству очень талантливой и креативной девушкой Александрой. Я делает различные украшения в разных техниках и стилях; я абсолютно уверена, что среди её украшений вы обязательно найдёте то, что покорит ваше сердце. А самый простой способ познакомиться с её творчеством поближе - это ещё страничка в Instagram 

I. RU: Саша, я очень рада, что могу называть тебя подругой и горжусь тем, какая ты креативная! Рада, что согласилась ответить на мои вопросы! Спасибо. Мой первый вопрос, самый банальный, однако интересный и, я бы даже сказала, обязательный. Почему ты назвала свои украшения knick knack?
RU: Моя история с рукоделия началась довольно давно, это было лет 11 назад. Я первый раз посетила ярмарку handmade в Москве, которая проходила на Чистых прудах в каком-то темном подвале ))) Тогда украшения, игрушки и прочие аксессуары handmade еще были редкостью. Я с таким восхищением смотрела на мастеров и подумала, что хочу тоже заниматься рукоделием. Название бренда пришло мне в голову как-то само, я отталкивалась от перевода выражения knick-knack с английского на русский. Звучит забавно и перевод подходящий: Безделушка

I. ENG: Sasha, I'm very happy to call you a friend of mine and proud to know such a creative person. I'm very excited you agreed on answering my questions. Thank you! My first question is probably the least interesting however it's a must I'd say. Why did you name your accessories knick knack?
ENG: My story of handmade started relatively long ago, around 11 years back or so. It was my first time to visit any handmade fair in Moscow which took place in some random dark basement)) It was the time when accessories, toys and other handmade goodies were rare here. I was so very much impressed with the masters and thought I want to do that as well. The name came by itself, it was based on translation between russian and english. Knick Knack - it sure does sound  funny,

II. RU: Каким было первое украшение knick knack?
RU: Изначально я плела фенечки из бисера на специальном станке. Затем я перешла на полимерную глину с росписью акриловыми красками. Это было новшество в мире хендмейда, до меня мало кто занимался именно росписью по полимерной глине. В этой технике я впервые сделала серьги с олдскульными ласточками.

II. ENG: What was the first ever knick knack accessory like?
ENG: I started making friendship bracelets on special machine. Later on I started working with hand painted polymer clay. It was a new thing in handmade world back than, few people started doing it before me. Using that technique my first creation were earrings with old-school swallows.
III. RU:На данный момент ты делаешь не только расписанные вручную украшения, но и используешь другие техники, такие как бисер и валяние. Какие украшения тебе в нравится делать больше всего, менялись ли эти пристрастия с течением времени?
RU: Я всегда любила рисовать. В детстве я закончила художественную школу. Так же я с детства была обвешана по уши разными фенечками из бисера. Это была моя страсть. Поэтому сейчас я работаю в разных техниках, совмещаю и рисование, и лепку, и бисероплетение, и вышивку. Это так круто, что я могу воплощать свои идеи в разных техниках. Иногда материалы, с которыми я работаю, диктуют мне сами покупатели. Например сейчас в тренде брошки , поэтому сейчас меня поглотили брошки с вышивкой бисером, пайетками, бусинами.
III. ENG: Currently you are not only making hand painted accessories but also use various techniques like bugle or felting. What sort of accessories do you like making the best? Did it change overtime?
ENG: I have always loved drawing. During my childhood years I graduated from art school. And I also used to wear millions of friendship bracelets made of beads. It was my passion. That is why now I work using various techniques combining painting, clay, beads and embroidery. It feels so cool to make my ideas come true in various ways. Sometimes my customers tell what kind of materials they want me to use. For example there is a trend for brooches lately that is why currently my work is mostly beads and sequins embroidery.
IV. RU: Я знаю, что ты не только делаешь потрясающие украшения, но и имеешь так называемую "дневную работу". На сколько сложно это совмещать? Поделись секретами тайм-менеджмента!
RU: Да, основная моя профессия связана с финансами. Я работаю помощником финансового директора в одном из отелей рядом с Международным Аэропортом Шереметьево. Рукоделием я занимаюсь по вечерам или в выходные. Совмещать конечно это сложно, но любовь к рукоделию перевешивает! Возможно, в будущем, это станет основным моим доходом. Сейчас - это хобби, которое помогает мне развиваться творчески и отдыхать от трудных рабочих будней.
IV. ENG: I know you are not only making wonderful accessories but also have the so called day job. How hard it is to mix it? Share some secrets of you time management!
ENG: yes, my primary occupation is financial sphere. I work as financial director's assistant in on of the hotel next to International Scheremetevo Airport. I do my handmade during the evenings or weekends. Mixing it isn't easy but my love to handmade items means a lot! May be in future it will become my main source of income. Right now I call it a hobby helping me to develop my creative side and have some relief from hardworking weekdays.

V. RU: Я знаю, что ты работаешь не только над собственными идеями, но и выполняешь заказы. Сложнее ли выполнять заказы, чем "креативить" в своём ритме? Что самое сложное в выполнении заказов?

RU: Конечно выполнять заказы сложнее. Тут нужно учесть все требования клиента. И цветовая гамма, и размеры, и техника. Но видеть эмоции клиента, когда он видит готовое украшение по его задумке - много стоит! Работать над своими эскизами конечно интереснее, здесь у тебя есть свобода действий, свобода в выборе цвета и материала.

V. ENG: I know you don't always work under your original ideas but also fulfill orders. Is it harder than make your own art under your own tempo? What is the hardest part in ordered job?
ENG: I can definitely say taking order is way more complicated. You have to meet all the client's expectations. Here you have everything: color scheme, sizing, techniques. But when you see the emotions of your clients seeing their new accessory made exactly as they wanted it to be overlaps everything! Working under your own sketches is way more interesting, here you have freedom of picking designs, colors and materials.
VI. RU: Аксессуары это красиво и удобно, но не задумывалась ли ты о ювелирном деле? Это кажется логичным продолжением.
RU: Да, я об этом думала. Возможно в будущем я окончу курсы ювелирного дела. Но пока я не воплотила и половины того, что хотела бы сделать в тех техниках, в которых я работаю сейчас.
VI. ENG: Accessories are pretty and useful but haven't you thought of jewelry design? It feels like logical growth.
ENG: Yes I have considered that. May be I will enroll to jewelry courses in future. But currently I haven't fullfilled even a half of what I wanted to achieve following the techniques I use now.
VII. RU:Мне всегда нравилось то, как ты одеваешься. Часто ли ты носишь свои украшения сама?
RU: Конечно, я ходячая реклама своих украшений. Например , если я приду на работу в офис в одной из своих брошек - на следующий день посыпятся заказы от коллег. Это отличная самореклама.   

VII. ENG: I always liked the way you dress. Do you often wear accessories you made yourself?
ENG: Definitely! I am a living advertisement of my own accessories. For example, if I go to the office wearing one of my brooches - I can be pretty sure the next day orders from colleges will follow. It's a great self advertisement.
VIII. RU: Фирменный вопрос от Inside and Outside. Говорят, все креативные личности в детстве стараются сделать свои игрушки интереснее и креативнее. Отрезают куклам волосы и красят их яркий цвет, рисуют татуировки собачкам или шьют из свадебного платья мамы наряд для куклы. Есть ли история про креативые переделки маленькой Саши?
RU: Я точно помню, что я любила две игры в детстве : бумажные куколки (когда у тебя есть бумажная кукла и ты рисуешь ей много разных платьев, костюмов, вырезаешь их и одеваешь на куколку) и вторая - ,как я уже говорила, я с детства плела из бисера браслеты, фенечки себе и своим друзьям.

VIII. ENG: Unique Inside and Outside question. Some say creative people augment they toys to suit their desires. Cut doll's hair and paint them blue, draw a tattoo for a pup, sew a new outfit out of mother's wedding dress are common examples. Do you have a story about little Sasha and her creative adventures?
ENG: I remeber clearly playing two games when I was little: paper dolls (it's when you have a paper doll and draw various outfits for the doll on paper and then cut it); the second one was making friendship bracelets for me and my friends as I mentioned before.
 

Have a nice day,
Lyosha



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Comments

  1. Sasha is so creative. I loved reading this interview and seeing her work. I used to make jewelry too. I still make hand made items. I enjoy all kinds of creative work.

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  2. Adorei a entrevista... e os trabalhos em artesanato... super criativos e originais! Parabéns!!!
    Passando por aqui, para agradecer a simpática visita em artandkits.blogspot.com vou-me ausentar para férias, durante algumas semanas, apenas voltando em Outubro... e nessa altura adorarei visitar este espaço, onde o talento e a criatividade, estão tão presentes!
    Beijinhos! Tudo de bom, e até breve!
    Ana

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  3. Always interesting to know what motivates people to start their own creative brand. Spasibo za post!

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  4. What a wonderful interview! All of those pieces are spectacular. I love them.
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  5. Her designs are pretty chic.
    I love the hippie style.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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  6. What gorgeous jewelry! I love reading about the creative people behind designs I love.

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  7. She's very talented and her collection is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. I love her peices and also the way she got her name. Thank is so awesome.

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  9. I do interviews so I know its a great feeling. And I always love to read about new people.

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  10. What a cool interview and some lovely products. Love love love!

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  11. Wow Alexandra is so creative! Love her accessories. Wish I can have a pair of earrings made by her :D

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  12. A very well done interview! It was interesting and fun to get to know Alexandra and learn more about her creative process.

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  13. This is a wonderful interview and I loved seeing all of the beautiful items! They are all so beautiful and well made! DaisyGirl

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  14. nice interview, and cool pieces!
    S

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  15. What a nice interview. These pieces are really unique.

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  16. This is creativity at its best. I love what youre doing here.

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  17. Мне очень понравились олдскульные украшения! Люблю эту тему))
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  18. This is so inspiring! Those jewellery pieces are so unique and cute. I'd love to coordinate them into an outfit.

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  19. I really love your friend hand made accessories, so unique - especially the skull and two loves and two flowers necklace is my favorite.

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  20. she is very talented! These are all beautiful pieces of work, and a beautiful type of knick knack!!

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  21. These are some really great pieces! I love seeing this skill come out!

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  22. Wow, that is some true talent. I would love one of these little things!

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  23. What a great interview. Her creation is so wonderful. She is so creative.

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  24. Such a pretty accessories, dear! Happy weekend! xoxo

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  25. Oh your friend is so talented! What beautiful designs! :) I love the beaded brooches, how fun!

    Hope you are having a nice weekend! :) It's a busy one here, lots of rushing around, but also some family time which is nice :)

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  26. I like how she came up with the name for the company - although in British English, when we say "Knick Knack" there are two meanings: it means a thing that is small and worthless, or it means a type of crisps, though that is spelt Nik Naks LOL x

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  27. Wow, Sasha is so creative! Thank you for introducing us all to her beautiful workmanship and designs.

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  28. The designs here are really pretty. I love how creative they look. Great talent here.

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  30. The knick knacks your friend makes are super cute, she is really talented. It was really nice to learn more about her.

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