Monday, 2 September 2013

Introducing SVETLANA SAMETE Part I

I would like to Introduce Svetlana Samete, an amazingly talented artist based in Latvia. She is also one of the participants in the FOE 13 project. Below is a feature of an interview I conducted with her.

Interviewer: It is a delight to do this feature. What is your name and where are you from?
Svetlana Samete: My name is Svetlana Samete. On the Internet I am more known under the name ORUBISS
Interviewer: How long have you been practicing your art?
Svetlana: I have been doing beads for 5 years
Interviewer: Is this (beading) the only form of art you do or are there more?
Svetlana: I paint, I write poetry, I love to make toys, dolls, felting and do rospiyu on silk
Interviewer: How rewarding has beading been so far?
Svetlana: Prizes;Grand Pri at the show Farben SOUL. Belossusiya, Minsk 2010
Grand Pri at the show SPHERICAL EXCLUSIVE. Ukraine, Kiev 2010
2nd place at the exhibition bead design. Russia, Moskva2011
1st place in the category MIXED of IBA. Germany, Gamburg.2011
Finalist BEAD DREAMS, 2011.
2 preis PAPER OR TEXTILE BEADS of IBA. Germany, Gamburg.2012
2 preis EMBROIDERY of IBA. Germany, Gamburg.2012

(The Artist calls this piece TIGER, and here is her intro to it: Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?  In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the Fire?  And what shoulder, and what art, Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? and what dread feet?  What the hammer? what the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil? what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp?  When the stars threw down their spears, And water'd heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee?  Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake)

Interviewer: What is your specialty? (What materials, stitches, techniques etc) do you feel you have mastered so far?
Svetlana: Weaving, embroidery, almost all of which use beads. I am primarily into beading.
Interviewer: When working in this field do you attempt mixed media (using beads and other materials like leather, fabrics or sculptures etc?
Svetlana: I'm trying to work in mixed media. Using beads, stones, leather, even the details of Barbie dolls, bullets from the guns. In short, everything that falls into my hands are used to make jewelry.

(The Artist calls this piece SAKUASOHO and this is her intro to this pieceT: There is a legend of the North American Hopi Indians.

Tayova God has created other gods, and commanded them to create the universe. Topel called first world. In it were dry land and the ocean, and living organisms, and humans created new gods. But living beings do not obey the gods and were destroyed by the Great Flood. The next two world too have been unsuccessful and the same have been destroyed. Our world - the fourth.

One of the most ancient Hopi prophecy speaks of a return to the earth god Sakuasoho Blue Star, which is still far away, and did not see it, but will soon appear in the sky. His appearance will mark a new beginning in the world, the fifth in a row era.

Hopi prophecy states: "God is the Blue Star will appear in heaven, and the world will change again. When Sakuasoho takes off his mask and begins to dance in the market square to the uninitiated - will come the Great Day of Atonement."

In the process of changing the world lost all evil. Unrighteous and the material will be destroyed. For a while, there will be no rituals, no faith. But then the land will be reborn as a reborn and rituals to mark the beginning of a new cycle of life.)

Interviewer: Is there any one person (artists, friends, family etc) that has been a big source of inspiration for you specifically in relation to this field?
Svetlana: I do not think so. I tried not to look in front of the works of other artists, and was looking my way.
Interviewer: Why?
 Svetlana: Memory plays a cruel joke and one can give someone else's drawing for his own invention. I did not go to the master classes, I did not buy the books. Comprehended all by myself and devised ways of working.
Interviewer: What is your ultimate aspiration in this field?
 Svetlana: There is no end. It is a process of creativity, and it is infinite and there is no limit to perfection.

(The Artist' calls this piece BAROQUE and this is her intro to it: Baroque was born at the end of the XVI century in Italy, but it took a little more than half a century, and the elements of this bright, luxurious style swept France, and behind it and most of Europe.

The royal splendor the French court and the main residence of Louis XIV - Versailles, where a single day is not interrupted succession of dazzling festivities turned France into a recognized trendsetter who seek to emulate the nobility throughout Europe.

Indeed, baroque - one of the most magnificent and picturesque historical styles, there is no one "correct" definition and low-key harmony that characterize the works of the Renaissance. But, perhaps more accurately the Baroque style can be described epithets "magnificent and solemn."

In the Baroque ornamentation dominated heavy garlands of flowers and fruits, shells and volutes, acanthus motifs, whimsical bows. The most popular colors of the Baroque style was white in combination with gold, as well as red.

The special decorative different costume of the Baroque. Typical for that time of the picturesque draperies create an intriguing play of light and shadow, peculiar to this style, and demanded a slow, flowing movements, it corresponds to the palace ceremonies.

Fashionable women's dress had a very complex and whimsical silhouette that arose because of the contrast between the very narrow-necked bodice and a wide skirt. Open neck ladies entwined strands of pearls beautiful, very fashionable in the Baroque era. Pearls are also sewn together with ribbons on the dress, they were decorated with hair and waist.)

Interviewer: Have you ever participated in any major projects or contests before?
Svetlana:  of course)))))))
Interviewer: If yes, how would you describe the experience, generally?
Svetlana: Each part is a huge creative drive, new ideas, new projects.

(Please drop by soon, to read the final piece of this interview. You will also get the pleasure of seeing more amazing works from Svetlana as well as find links to her online presence. I hope you enjoyed it thus far, pass the word around.....)