Over recent years she has developed her own unique style in beaded jewelry. Zoya Gutina is a proud member of the Torpedo Factory Artist Association, the Bead Society of Greater New York, and the Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Guild.
Here’s what Zoya had to say about her beading inspirations:
Inspirational Beading: How did you first discover bead weaving?
Zoya Gutina: I was born and grew up in the USSR, in a family where all crafts were in a great honor, so I learned sewing, knitting, crocheting, lace making, macramé at the early age. I touched first those itty bitty beautiful things named beads when I was 10 and needed to embellish my ballet practicing dress. I embroidered on the cream-colored dress very pale yellow flowers, and was pretty satisfied with my beadwork.
I returned to beadwork about 7 years ago, when I already lived in New York City, influenced by a friend of mine from Russia who showed me some samples of her bead woven jewelry pieces and presented me a few. I was so impressed, that I decided to try bead weaving, and since then I'm hooked on that art.
IB: What is your favorite technique?
ZG: Though some people contend that bead embroidery allows them more freedom in creativity, I don't think so. Beadweaving has a lot [of ways] to express yourself - it's hard to list all possible techniques and stitches that can be applied to a single beadwork article.
As for me, I like netting stitch, peyote stitch, right angle weave, and coral stitch best of all. And, of course, depending on my ideas and designs I use different techniques sometimes incorporating a few of them into one piece. It's very exciting to make my thoughts a reality!
IB: Where do you find the most inspiration?
ZG: One of my friends called me "nature inspired", and that's true! I mostly find my inspiration when I see blossoming trees and flowers in spring, geometric frozen shapes in winter, or watch beautiful colors during sunrise and sunset. Changing nature stirs my emotions, inspires me and captures my spirit.
ZG: To tell the truth, I don't have any preferences, but I would say my favorite colors are any shades of green, blue, black, gray and white, though I like amber, gold and bronze. Some of my beadwork requires pink and red, and I feel comfortable using them.
IB: Who do you hope to inspire with your work?
ZG: Oh, there are so many... Diane Fitzgerald and Erin Simonetti are both amazing. Kerry Slade's floral beadwork is stunning. The Lone Beader always strikes me with her bead paintings. Vampi Choi impresses me with her ability to use multiple colors in one piece of jewelry.
I like these artists because their work shows their own style, and they all pay close attention to details. They all have great craftsmanship in addition to developing new ideas with their art. I would list much more artists, but it would be a long, long story...