I never create for everybody. Everybody – that’s a shapeless category. I feel good when I see an image of a particular person in my mind as I work. Perhaps we have only just met for the first time; we talked about an important occasion, his or her dearest one, or perhaps about the mood at that particular time. I always want to put these thoughts into my jewellery, for that is the only way it acquires a spirit.
Each and every piece of jewellery is a unique emotion and delight – this is absolutely vital. In that sense, I am a creator of mood. Without it, my jewellery would be meaningless. Without aesthetics and emotion, which often show in a very personal way, my jewellery would be just a group of items. I think it is important to create delight.
I feel privileged because for a number of years after finishing my studies I was a fashion designer. For that reason, taking up jewellery was an entirely natural move. I made eighteen collections as a fashion designer, and showed them in several cities across Europe, from Vilnius to Tbilisi to Paris. Invariably, fashion critics would compliment me, noting the consistency of construction and form, the combinations of silhouettes and details, and the subtle harmony of colours.
Sometimes I find it strange to think that in my youth I gained my first understanding of aesthetics through sport, rather than at art school. For ten years, until the age of sixteen, I took part in artistic gymnastics. It was serious: I took part in a number of competitions, including world and European championships. I lived through some essential artistic experiences well before turning to art. I realised the importance of line, detail and precision. I grasped the principles of plasticity of movement, and the beauty of harmony between parts.
But this is just a theory. Any consideration of aesthetic principles, the influence of art movements, and arrangements of basic elements, is virtually worthless in artistic creativity, unless it includes the person and his life. This is true about jewellery, as well.