|Anastasia Rasulova||Sharon, Massachusetts|
I started creating floral jewelry to preserve my constantly growing collection of botanical finds. Just like so many artists and designers derive their inspiration from nature, I became inspired by the beauty of the plants I was gathering, most of which for me is their color, shapes, and combination. The only downside was that they didn’t last long. Flower preservation by itself is an ancient art, that probably started with occasional insects and plant falling into the natural tree amber and becoming fossilized. I’m merely continuing this inherited technique, but with more purposeful human touch. During cold and dreary East Coast winters, this is my dreamy floral escape somewhere beautiful and peaceful. In the Spring/Summer, I’m outside gathering new collections. I try to bottle up the filing of that long-awaited Spring and beauty of a blooming meadow. I want to recreate a walk in the woods or beach, a trip to the garden or your favorite nature spot. Mother nature heals and makes everything feel like it’s going to be alright.
I create jewelry featuring real natural pieces preserved in a synthetic resin. It’s quite difficult viscous material that I started working with back in 2010 and absolutely fell in love with. My pieces looked like frozen in time little terrariums. With time I self-taught and perfected my casting technique, developing a style and aesthetics I have today. I’m proud to be one of the first artists that have created the "flowers in resin" trend. I’m obsessed with the quality of my products and meticulously still make every piece by hand. It’s important for me to produce good long-lasting quality pieces that can be enjoyed for years of wearing without losing its original beauty.