How early in your life did you realize you were creative?
Ever since my childhood I have understood my creative and untamed spirit. I have always had a great love for art and for beauty in any form. I had different ideas as to how to satisfy this love, and somewhat spontaneously I found myself in the creative world of jewelry design and photography, two seemingly different but rather closely linked forms of art.
What got you started as an artist?
My interest in designing jewelry grew out of necessity, as any woman wants always to have unique pieces of jewelry that can subtly capture her style and character and tell more about her than she might say about herself in words. The same goes for photography, where the lens actually captures what words often cannot describe. Therefore, both jewelry making and photography are the meeting point of my creativity, my love of art, and my fascination with details.
Otherwise, the basics of designing jewelry, to which I have devoted my ideas and imagination and have seen them expressed in my jewelry, began with lessons at an all-women’s organization in Skopje. That’s where I began my daily companionship with stones, artificial pearls, gems, and all the other elements that are part of my unique handmade jewelry. On the other hand, my love for photography grew naturally, as part of my need to express myself through visual forms, rather than verbally, although it may seem rather strange given that I am a bachelor of philosophy. Therefore, I started taking lessons in photography in Sarajevo, with my mentor Imrana Kapetanović.
It seems that in a very short period of time you have succeeded in becoming a recognized photo artist.
I recently became a member of the Macedonian photo club ELEMA and the Photo Association of Macedonia and am proud to say that I was part of the team of photographers that won the 9th place for a collection at this year’s biennial of the International Federation of Artistic Photography (FIAP), held in Indonesia. The collection consisted of twenty photographs from twenty Macedonian photographers, and I was represented with my photograph “Violins, not violence”. Membership in these elite and eminent organizations has proven priceless for my development and improvement in this field, and it has given me the opportunity to participate in exhibitions in various locations in Macedonia and abroad.
However, do we understand correctly that jewelry making and photography are not the only ways you express your creativity?
As I have already said, I have an untamed spirit, and I couldn’t just remain in the field of designing jewelry simply by assembling already finished elements. Therefore, I started learning the process of making “kazaz” knot handmade jewelry or better known simply as “kazaziye”. “Kazaziye” is a technique of making jewelry by knitting together precious materials, usually silver, which can afterwards be combined with other elements, stones, gems, pearls, etc. Also, it is often combined with filigree. This is a very old, medieval technique that is very time consuming, and due to the use of precious materials, “kazaz” jewelry is considered exclusive, and with that, more expensive. I can say that I am very glad that I have had the opportunity to learn this jewelry making technique from one of the most famous masters, Mrs. Sevinç Naldöğen Kök from Turkey, via the Turkish Cultural Center in Skopje – Yunus Emre.
With all the creative energy you have, what are your plans for the future?
I can say that for now I plan on sticking to the route that I have already set for myself, by designing jewelry and participating in photography exhibitions with my fellow photographers from Macedonia. But, as time goes by and as my inspiration grows, I feel an urge at some point in the future, at a convenient time, to create a place where I can exhibit and sell my jewelry, as well as my photographs, and where people can find me and get directly in contact with me, an art corner where we can get together and which will be a cradle of inspiration for new ideas. And of course, traveling has always been one of my primary inspirations, so my future plans include traveling to near and far away places, as much as my obligations can allow for that.