What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Olga Dillow, I was born in Russia, but right now live in USA.
How long have you been practicing your art?
For a few years now.
Is this (beading) the only form of art you do or are there more?
Right now just beading. I tried crocheting and cross stitching but did not like it as much as beading.
When did you decide to work in this particular (beading) media?
I started beading in 2005.
What made you decide to?
My neighbor showed me what she made with beads and I fell in love with it.
What is your specialty? (What materials, stitches, techniques etc) do you feel you have mastered so far?
I love to use different techniques, but I love bead embroidery most of all.
Are you primarily into beading when working in this field or do you attempt mixed media (using beads and other materials like leather, fabrics or sculptures etc?)
I love working with seed bead and semiprecious stones. And now I am exploring the use of leather along with beads as part of my design.
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?
No, not really. After I discovered seed beads as my perfect medium, there where a lot of designers that inspired me.
What is your ultimate aspiration in this field?To learn a little bid more, and more, and more....
Have you ever participated in any major projects or contests before?
How would you describe the experience, generally?
Every contest provided a different experience. Some were like “just a pretty game”, others were like “it is part of my life”, but mostly “it was part of my business”.
Have you ever received grants and awards before, for your work in this media?
Yes. In 2009 and 2010 I entered annual bead contests sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and was awarded with Grand Prize Gold Medal in 2009 and Silver Medal Prize in 2010. Fire Mountain Gems published several of my pieces in their ads. You may have seen some of my work in some of the well known magazines such as Bead & Button and Ornament. In 2012 one of my necklaces was a Finalist at Bead Dreams Show. In 2013 my beadwork participated in BOBT‘13.
Do you think grants and awards are important in this media?
I think awards are important enough. First, they reveal in their demand, the craftsmanship of an artist by the effort one assigns to the piece; one’s skill at the appropriate level and the mental energy of creating, not to mention the time and material involved. Secondly, the rewards and recognition gives one a sense of improvement and growth, sort of like being lifted to a whole new level and set apart from amateurs.
Is this media your primary vocation, your second job or simply a hobby?
Right now it is part of my life and my business.
Where can an interested client find your work to buy? And if you don’t sell your work, will you be interested in showing your creation anyway? (share links to sites, blogs, shops etc where you work can be purchased or viewed, or if you are comfortable enough, share contact details of how you can be reached for a client interested in making a purchase).
I sale my work on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/olgaterranova , local craft shows, and every one can see and to buy/order my work on Facebook, just search for Olga Dillow
Why did you agree to participate in the FOE 13 project?
I think this is a great project for those who are self-confident enough to be part of a team of people, who think differently, yet come together to merge their various categories of work, in different media and with different materials. I think it's awfully hard to add your artistic interpretation to a unit already created by someone else and matching your very mood to this piece and have it work out well. In general, in my opinion, this is the job for the truly talented and I am pleased to be in their community
Tell us more about yourself – anything at all that you are comfortable sharing. We all want to know our favorite artists as intimately as they would let us know them and you are no exception.
Stories about oneself can be infinite and not interesting for the reader or listener, therefore I prefer to listen to others rather than talk about myself.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I can tell you that having had the opportunity of working with Olga and seeing some of her work, it has been an honour for me. Do drop b soon to see some of her work as well as find links to her online presence.