Monday, May 16, 2011

Meet My Very Talented Sister + Another Spectacular Give Away! Did Somebody Say "Prada"? :-)

 Here she is and her name is Polina. Former ballet dancer she now is one of the very few people in the world who possesses a very rare knowledge. She is a true Master in creating garments that are entirely hand beaded with seed beads, gem, glass, pearls and sequins .
 It takes certain talent to lay out the design of the fabric and than create this fabric with your own hands relying on your memory only. Keep in mind that we are not talking about fabric print. We are talking about making fabric out of tiny little beads and doing so by hand and needle only.
 Every time I see Polina's work, it takes my breath away because I know how many hours of very precise work it takes to create one single design. I am also so very proud that Polina's designs are always the most beautiful center pieces of national exhibits in Russia.
 From costumes for belly-dancers to extraordinary designs recognised by the professionals in this field as the most unique in craftsmanship and  artistic value, Polina is now working on creating very special Collection of accessories which she hopes to bring to the US.
 Since my immigration to the US in 1999 I had a chance to see my sister only once, in 2004. Since then, we have made numerous attempts to file for her visa but every time we filed Polina was denied entry to the US. She lives in the country named Belarus ( one of the former Soviet Republics) and the only country in Europe under the dictatorship since early 90-s.
 There is no choice of materials, no market for this kind of work and there is no future for her back in Belarus. My desperate attempts to bring her here will never stop. I have a dream of creating a very special Collection of hats with my sister Polina. It will be called Faberge Collection. It is all on paper waiting for us to reunite here, in the US.
 I hope that one day we will be working together in my Atelier.
 Polina has no formal education in beading techniques. She just knows how to do it.
 I often tell her that God must be talking to her while she creates her beautiful belts, costumes and bags.
 Polina, I know you will be reading this and I want you to tell you: do not loose hope. Never loose hope! I think you are one of the most beautiful, talented, creative people I have a privilege to have in my life and I love you so very much!
 And I am also sort of hoping to get my hands on this belt you have made recently. :-)))
 The name of this design is "French Rose" and it is absolutely spectacular!
 The time goes by so fast, I just realized how long it has been since my last Give Away! Well, this time, the lucky winner will receive this brand new, velvet and leather Prada bag!
 It is absolutely new and so very chic! I love the fact that you can wear it with absolutely everything! All you have to do is to leave a comment under this post and press the button "like" this post on Bloglovin. The button is located at the bottom of this post. :-) The lucky winner will be announced next Tuesday!:-)
 I am wishing everybody wonderful week ahead!:-)


Splenderosa said...

What an amazing post and a fabulous giveaway. I would love to win. xx's

David Toms said...

Anya, There are so many reasons why I love your blog and this is one of them! This post is brings up so many things. Your sister is very talented and to be entirely self taught is amazing. I tried beading once and found that you needed lots of patience to sew on all those beads and sequins etc. Just have faith and I am sure that some how you will be able to see her soon. Also the fact that you are so kind and generous! I am not going to enter the giveaway as a. I have been the recipient of one of your giveaways and b. Purses do not really suit me! Best of luck to all that enter

CocoFrid said...


You are the reason I started wearing hats! You've gotten me addicted. I'm doing the poor-in-college-living-on-ramen-noodles thing right now. But the day I get our of the university and into a proper job, I would love to own one of your beautiful pieces of art of life. That's what I call fashion, because it truly is art in which we live our lives.

Until then, I'll live vicariously through your posts. Thanks for bringing such beauty and inspiration to us all.

Southern Belle said...

That beadwork is amazingly intricate and absolutely gorgeous. It reminds me of some southeast asian beadwork I have seen... I can't believe your sister has no formal training! She is so talented :) I will pray that she will be granted a visa and you two can make beautiful hats together! I would love to buy one of them ;)
Ooh, I almost forgot! I liked your blog on bloglovin' and can't wait for Tuesday :) Hope you have a lovely, wonderful week!

Karena said...

Anya your sister's talent is so incredible ...a true gifted person!

Of course I would love, love to win your Prada bag it is gorgeous!

Art by Karena

Come and enter my New Giveaway from Serena & Lily! You will love it!

lorenabr said...

That is amazing work! I am half Romanian and I am so familiar with that kind of design! I love her work! The needle work is amazing!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

A wonderful tribute to your sister, dear Anya. Her designs are so intricate - am sure you'll manage to see her soon.

And this Prada bag is so very Chic - must confess it's one of the most generous giveaways I've seen around. Wishing you a fabulous week ahead, too, and good luck to everyone;-)

Jan said...

I'm blown away.
You and Polina should be able to work together.
I do hope those responsible for the decision, see the error they're making in denying her entry.
Could we not sign a petition or something?

tgillock said...

Those dresses are amazing! What a talent she has!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is one of my first visits to get my day started. Your beautiful creations set the mood for a happy day.

I'd love to be in your giveaway, please.


Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

Anya, I must tell you that my jaw is still open....dropped literally to the floor when I read this post about your sister Polina... I am speechless! Her designs are absolutely phenomenal, and to even begin to imagine the amount of work each piece must take!!! Wow, you and your sister are an incredibly talented pair...such creativity and skill running through your bloodline, it's incredible. I have so much respect for you both, and my heart is breaking regarding her situation. I am so terribly sorry to you and to her, that she must torn from you and stuck in a country that has no future for her. It is just not right, she is overflowing with talent and I am wishing her all the luck in the world with her new collection for the US. A collaboration with this remarkable talent combined with your hats -- sounds like an unstoppable force, and sheer magic yet to come! I am still blown away that she has not had formal education...she is just a natural! Wow.

Must admit that I am so excited about this Prada giveaway...the bag is so beautiful!!! So elegant, chic, and glamorous! Must also confess that I have been in need of a new bag for quite some time now...saving money to follow your dreams certainly doesn't allow much room for anything else at first! :):)

I hope you are having a wonderful week Anya... in my previous post, I put up a new pink skirt that we created...would love to hear your thoughts... Have an amazing evening!


Portia said...

I agree that your family is exceptionally talented! I am floored by the creativity and artistry I see here!

Anonymous said...

I guess the talent is in the family blood line: ))
I don't even doubt one day you'll create one of a kind collection together with Polina.
I wish you all the luck in the world!


Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

Beautiful bead work. I pray that you and sister succeed on your quest.

Lauren said...

I liked your post, and am once again blown away by your generous giveaway! Thanks so much!
Your story of you and your sister really hit home for me, as I cannot imagine being in that position. It is so easy to forget the people under such terrible dictatorships while I am so blessed to live in the US. I pray you will be reunited soon!

Pratishtha Durga said...

Today, my heart goes out to you and your sister. I have been looking at the images of Polina, over and over again. She is incredibly talented, and a beautiful soul to have such depth and beauty within her. I can understand your desire and dream to be reunited with Polina, and I shall pray that your hopes bear fruit.

Her works must require so many hours or tireless work, and I am sure that together, the two of you will create magic. I hope to see one post soon that will feature your joint designs. Polina, if you are reading this, I hope that your beautiful designs find a bigger audience of people who respect and adore talent. You have a unique gift given by God to very few, and I firmly believe that he will find a way to nurture and preserve it.

Love and many hugs to you both.


Angie Muresan said...

Your sister Polina is beautiful and extremely talented, Anya. I hope and pray the two of you will re-unite very soon. I cannot imagine what wonders the two of you will create. Hugs and love to you, sweet friend.

Jonna said...

Hey! Just found your blog and I'm LOVING it!! Went through all your older posts too .. The pictures are so inspiring! Definitely started to follow you now :)

Jonna xx

LittleRus said...

Anya, this makes me so sad and brings me back to reality that can be so unfair... Sometimes it basically sucks... :( I so hope your beautiful sister will find a way to move countries. She just needs to believe that it will happen one day. She is absolutely gorgeous (you look so similar!) and so incredibly talented, she deserves a better life, future and recognition.


Kat said...

hello dear anya!

what a moving post, it really warms my heart how you write about your sister and her extraordinary talent!

she should never stop doing what she loves to do!

i'm wishing you a great weekend :)

The French Mouse said...

Oh Anya! I've been away for some time with all the activity of our move to the country, but I'm back now and I am so touched by your beautiful tribute to your talented sister. That is truly a rare gift she has...such detail, such exquisite care! I have just begun to teach myself some very basic beading in my own little creations and I can't even imagine how much time and talent must go into those pieces. I hope the two of you are reunited very very soon!!

Hope Ava

Hilary said...

Very elegant beadwork. Absolutely lovely.

I liked this on bloglovin' and would love to enter the giveaway!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anya,

How very talented your beautiful sister is, doing this exquisite work.
The beadwork is amazing and really hope that the two of you will be able to work together soon.
Wishing you all the best so that she will be granted a Visa to come and live near you.

Happy day