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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interview With A Star - Albina at AroundBeads

Back in March of this year I told you about Albina Maning, a wonderful person I met during the jewelry show in Tuscon, AZ. Albina is a jewelry designer and also an instructor of jewelry classes. (you can read the full story here). Since then we continue our friendship and I am still planning to take some more of her great classes.

I asked Albina if she’d like tell us some more about herself, her work and her family. So here she is, Albina with her beautiful AroundBeads shop!

Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I was born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, a small town not far from the Volga River. I graduated from Mari State Pedagogical Institute (college to become a teacher) and then worked for 9 years as a certified elementary school and physical education teacher in my hometown. In 2003 my life changed a lot! I met my soul mate Peter and moved to Arizona, where we were married. A year later our beautiful daughter Anya was born.

Q: How did you start making jewelry?

A: Several years ago my friend, who is living in Japan, sent me a beautiful Christmas gift. A wonderful red beaded rose. I loved it so much that I wanted to try to make one myself. Soon after that I made a beaded Money Tree. It has a lot of “technical” mistakes and looks like an old untrimmed tree but I still love it. That was the beginning of my journey to the creative world of beads and wire

Q: What items in your shop do you most enjoy making and why?

A: I enjoy making wire wrapped jewelry, especially complicated items. I love to create my own designs.

Q: What are your main sources of inspiration?

A: My inspiration comes from anywhere: nature, literature, clouds in the sky…you name it.

Q: Do you have a favorite item you have made?

A: I think the most recent item I made is my favorite. Then after I make my next item this one will be my favorite J… But I love all of them, just like a mother loves her kids.

Q: Do you take custom orders?

A: Yes, I do.

Q: Why will people love your items?

A: Because they are beautiful, one-of-a-kind and made with love.

Q: Name 3 things you can’t live without?

A: My family, my friends and my wire

Q: Do you have a Favorite quote you'd like to share with us?

A: It’s from my grandfather’s riddle: make the first step to start your journey.

How true it is, Albina! If you just think about something it will never happen. Thank you for being with us today!

Albina also was so kind to share with us one of her tutorials, thank you so much for that! It will be posted here this coming weekend.

If you’d like to see Albina’s work, purchase some jewelry or take her class you can find her at her website or her Etsy shop


Dyche Designs said...

Such beautiful work, great feature.

blueberrycream said...

Gorgeous creations! Love Albina's work!
Thank you for sharing with us!

Vikulya said...

Such interesting interview!Albina you are really star!

Arctida said...

Great interview and beautiful wired/beaded work!

Yuliya said...

Wonderful feature, I love Albina's creations very much and even hoping to take a class one day! :)

Katrinshine said...

Beautiful work! Very interesting

IrinaN said...

Albina's work is amazing! Thank you for the great article :)

lightkeeping said...

Great feature! I love Albina's wire jewelry. It is so intricate!