Interview with Nadya

Image by Nadya from Tiniest Spirit.

This interview was conducted by Michelle Genders and originally posted on the Rainbow Artists team blog.

Let’s get to know Nadya Sivers from Tiniest Spirit. She makes little creatures out of polymer clay and other materials that evoke magic and soul in her home tome in the Ukraine.

Where do you live and how long have you lived there? 

I live in a beautiful city named Lviv. It’s name translates to ‘City of Lions’. I’ve lived here all my life. Lviv is an old city with beautiful architecture, renaissance and art-nouveau buildings, city with character and a rich history.

Can you describe the landscape of the place where you live?

I spent my childhood in an old Austrian house with the most beautiful view from the window I ever seen. It is in the old township of Lviv and it was very close to the center of the city. Now I live in a new area with new buildings and beautiful view, but it’s a much less interesting township.

What do you like most about where you live? 

I always thought Lviv is a city of fairytales and legends. When I was a child I would look up to the window and saw a lot of roofs covered with snow and I was thinking about people who live there – knights, wizards, fairies and other habitants of this majestic city.

The thing I like more about where I live is that I always can find inspiration here. Lviv keeps the spirit of old town, I feel something similar in Prague – all the narrow streets, little windows and colorful houses.  They all remember their owners, they know all their stories and they can tell so many amazing things!

Lviv is one of the best cities for artists and writers. It inspires.

What do you like most about maintaining your etsy shop?  

I like to make photos of the items. I carefully choose all the crystals, stones, leaves and wooden sticks to make an atmosphere of magic and fantasy, to make a beautiful composition.

I also like to pack the orders. I have a little box with letter stamps and I stamp the name of the item on the box, I write a little letter with thanks on craft paper. I hope all these things bring the customer some warmth.

And the main thing I really really like – the world wideness. Imagining your creations bringing happiness for someone who lives in an opposite point of the world – it’s really fantastic. And, of course, knowing that people like what you do.

Where do you make the items that you sell?

I make all the items in my studio. I’ve had a personal studio for a year – it’s amazing – a place where you create your own world. Dolls, toys, plushies, teddy bears, watercolors – I have too much interests, and for all that I have an ocean of materials. With my studio, they’ve all got their own place on the shelves.

A lot of items in your shop are made from polymer clay – what do you like most about using polymer clay?

I like its flexibility the most. With good instruments you could make any texture, any form. It is an amazing material. But, I hope I’ll learn to work with metal and wood. One of my dreams is to try art clay – a Japanese material based on silver.

What is the most difficult part about using polymer clay? 

Actually for me it’s finding of my favorite type of polymer clay. All clays are very different, one is too soft, another is too hard. When you find your type of polymer clay, work becomes much easier. My favorite one is ‘Super Sculpey Living Doll’.

Thanks for the tip – that’s good to know!

Could you share one item from your hand made shop that you are most proud of making?

Actually, it is not the item from my shop but I really proud of it. It is a figure of ‘Baby Winston’, a hero from Blizzard computer game ‘Overwatch’.

I used many techniques – sewing, felting, hand-painting, sculpting, etc. I was working for three days. It was a present for my boyfriend, he is a game-developer. Every detail is handmade, even eyes – they are glass lenses with hand-painted backs.

All those techniques I learned myself, and it is a wonderful thing. When you begin to work with polymer clay, then you get better in sewing and so on… And after all that, you could mix all your knowledge and experience for creating something new.

Wow – well done – it really is an impressive creature that you have made. The expression is very cute.

I love the name of your shop ‘Tiniest spirit’. It is very evocative. Can you tell use more about why you called it that?

I choose the name of the shop with a little help of my boyfriend. We wanted to find a name that will be mystic but cute, with a forest scent. When I opened my etsy-shop, the first items I made were little forest spirits – Wolfy Blackberry, Iceland Mushroom, Spirit of Fox Gloves, Wooden Snails and others. So it is about this mysterious dream-like spirit. But it’s also cute and tiny.

It says in your etsy profile “I live in a world of magic, creativity, little beautiful things and music.” Could you tell use a bit more about the music that is a part of your world?

I really think that music is a very important part of creative process. I always try to find compositions that help me to be in fairy mood. Where you think of magic forests and tiny creatures who hides in tree crowns.

Music helps you to create a new story. All that you see when you are listening to the music is your world with your rules, and your hands have power to let habitants of that world come alive.

That is a really beautiful statement and a lovely way to end the interview. Thanks for chatting with me Nadya, it was great to get to know you a bit better.

 

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