Artist Portraits

An artist in every sense, Inna’s jewelry has found its way to the far flung corners of the earth.

Inna was born in Ukraine, raised in Siberia, and finally moved to Canada. She has created art in some form for as long as she remembers. Some of her past artistic ventures include painting, knitting, nail design, cross stitching, beading, bead embroidery and even furniture renovation and upholstery. Inna learned crochet and knitting from her mother when she was seven, and painting wood...

“I’m very energetic, a volcano! My mind constantly working, I like to imagine, to dream constantly.”

I have a degree in medicine and surgery, I am a speech therapist, mother of a beautiful child. I’m a businesswoman and goldsmith. I am a private person, careful and precise. I like to observe my surroundings, I love the colors, the landscapes of my land, the characteristic smells of the streets of my country: the smell of freshly baked bread, the smell of dew. During the day, I do so...
I live and work close to Milan, Italy. Since I was a child I have developed a disposition for artistic works and for manual works in general, from painting to photography, and a huge passion for costume jewelry and jewels. For this reason some years ago I started to interest myself in this fantastic and interesting world, creating my first bijoux by myself. What was initially a hobby...

“LiBellchen are my conception of sewn, embroidered and beaded poetry.”

Can you “liesel”? It is a hand sewn quilting technique developed by and named after Liesel Niesner. For several years she has been sewing “LiBellchen” — enchanting room decorations, worry stones and balls — using this technique. They are embroidered with decorations using colored thread and beads. She uses mainly size 15 seed beads — up to 3,400 for just one LiBellchen! Reason...

“Moon maker, time keeper ~ I enjoy creating things that make people wonder. Not an artist...but arts apprentice.”

Her Shibori silk ribbons are a fancy ingredient in many renowned jewelry artists' works. “From the pleats that tease you to open and close them, to the colors that change along the hills and valleys, the silky cool feel of the silk invites you to take some into your hands and create!” Perlen Poesie asked her a few questions…