This has been a great opportunity to bring 9 artists (and friends) together to work on a single project. It was hard to know what to expect; each of us has our own creative process and individual style, so it seemed daunting to attempt to bring it all together into one cohesive piece. But, as it turned out, having 9 team members provided us with a vast combination of strengths as well as an excellent range of abilities. This, coupled with effective teamwork, collaboration and mutual respect, made it easy for us to draw together one collective artistic vision that culminated in our unique and creative piece of art.
My part is everything made in metal and final assembly.
Megan Parks (Vancouver, Canada) made beautiful strawberries.
Rina Stepnaya (Moscow, Russia) made grapes in a technique that she developed (ANKARS) with her partners.
Svetlana Bacileva (Belgorod, Russia) did unique knitting with beads.
Albina Polyanskaya (Kharkov, Ukraine) created the pink flowers of Vancouver cherry-tree.
Irina Astratenko is another expert in ANKARS and a winner of Bead Dreams, 2008 contest (Riga, Latvia). Her work is the green lace.
Irina Belinskaya (Moscow, Russia) made a variety of berries and leaves.
Maria Roudakova, though a high-end jeweller (Geneva, Switzerland) made strawberry flowers.
Olga Makhneva is a talented beader (Vancouver, Canada) who made grape leaves.