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5 questions with Challenge winner Nina Anacin

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Nina Anacin was one of the winners of our ASCEND Design Challenge in November, 2016, for her asymmetrical epoxy resin earrings with cotton thistle and saffron, wrapped with pure silver (999) wire. She said about her entry, "Nature is my greatest inspiration, and these earrings represent a breathtaking scenery of the sky at sunrise as the first rays of light ascend towards a never-ending horizon."

We caught up with Nina to learn more about her and about her extremely unique style. 

Hello, friends! My name is Nina, I am 22, from Skopje, Macedonia and I come from a family of artists and architects so I have developed a great love for art since I was very young. Later in life, I learned that I also like expressing myself by wearing jewelry, so I began making original accessories for myself when I was about 7. Now I am a certified filigree artisan, but I enjoy experimenting with other materials and techniques more.  

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CREATING? HOW DID YOU LEARN JEWELRY-MAKING?

First of all I have to say, I believe we are all creating all the time. I started engaging in my creativity when I was very young, and it has become something that I can't imagine my life without. Started out as a hobby, but I've decided to let it emerge into a professional thing. Working hard towards that at the moment. 

The best teacher for me ever was my love for jewelry, I might say. I have thought myself a lot, simply through trying things and not giving up. A cousin of mine, also a jewelry hand- maker, Mima Pejoska, helped me a lot with developing my jewelry-making skills, by letting me watch her while she works and sharing her knowledge and experiences.

Among other things, I have attended a six-month course and got a certificate for silver filigree. That has also taught me a lot about working with metals. All in all, I think one just has to be observant, patient ,and want to learn, everything else is a piece of cake. 

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WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN ESTHETIC? WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU ENJOY MOST? 

I  love experimenting and challenges and trying new things so I am almost always working in different styles and mediums. I started with beads, continued with silver filigree, then I sewed on cork, did a lot of experimenting in between, and now resin is a new form of interpreting myself. I would say my style is pretty variable, going from bold avant garde to cute, child-like drawings, and various combinations of the two. Art is full of contradictions, as life is.

I find breaking the rules aesthetical, because rules are boring. Love asymmetry and organic shapes, and I really enjoy when a design tickles the imagination. I like clean colors, but lots of them. I find unique things precious so I love personalizing stuff.

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WHAT IS YOUR WORKSPACE LIKE?

I mostly work at home, on a spacious table since I have a tendency to combine materials so there’s always a big pile of stuff that I need. The room is very bright, which I love most.

My dog is always under my table curious, secretly hoping for a snack. A cup of coffee is something that is constantly around me too. There’s always a ton of flowers everywhere, like I am a florist, not a jewelry maker. 

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WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK?

Mother Nature, definitely. It is the most fascinating designer ever. Looking up the sky always brings a fresh perspective and thus good ideas.

The name of my business, Little Blue Skies, was born from my endless love for the sky. The weather affects my mood, and my inspiration depends on it. So when it’s all greyish outside and my inspiration refuses to leave its bed (kidding!), even a little patch of blue skies among grey clouds is enough to give me hope, to remind me that even if clouds is all I can see, the sky is still blue above them. And my inspiration miraculously comes back!

WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?  WHERE CAN PEOPLE SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK?

 In terms of jewelry, I am currently finishing pieces from the Pickled Spring collection and starting to work on my next one Jellyfishous Depths, also working with epoxy and natural details, which is inspired by deep waters, and it’s going to be mostly bracelets.

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I am also working on my web page, and taking pictures of all my pieces. I have also just started working on a blog about life, but it’s way too early to talk about that.

Learn more about Nina's projects at www.littleblueskies.com , or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littleblueskies/. 

Join in the fun and enter a Design Challenge yourself! The theme for February 2017 is SHADOWS. Spring is getting closer, the sun is in a new place in the sky and shadows fall on the melting snow. The groundhog peeks his head out to investigate, but the woods still lay bare and silent, waiting for renewal. A shadow, a two-dimensional silhouette: blocking the light yet casting a lovely outline. The mood is eerie and quiet as the dark and the light battle for their rightful places. What will emerge from your jewelry-making in February?

Submit your entry any time between Feb 2--22 for a change to be featured on Facet! Just visit www.FacetJewelry.com/DesignChallenge for more information. 

 

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