Anastasia Maltseva is a young designer of clothes who lives and works in Ukraine. She is a purpose driven person and perfectionist by nature. Every item, created by her hands, is stylish, eccentric and puzzling. What is the puzzle? And what is a key to its understanding? Anastasia will tell our readers in her exclusive interview for AstrumPeople.
AP: Tell us about the first steps you made in your creativity.
AM: What I want to do in my life? I found the answer to this question in a fairly early age – I was just 5 years old. And since I have never changed my decision – I was sure that design is my vocation. A little piece of inspiration was the film. The pictures of it have stayed with me for the whole life. The film is about a woman who is confident, statuesque. She knows what she wants to achieve in her life.
She walkes into her store of wedding dresses, and buyers come to see her and ask for advice: how to pick up a hat, which veil would be the best. For them her opinion is essential. In my opinion, that’s great! And this story has become an important impetus in my life.
At age of 11 I went to the sewing courses, which I initially was not permitted to attend, because of my very young age. However, a bit later I was allowed to come to the classes, it was something like an experiment. When I started quickly cope with tasks and do the job better than others (than elder women) – a teacher came up to my mom and said: “That’s wonderful that you have believed in your daughter’s talent – it is really her vocation”.
AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?
AM: My сreativity is my job. My job is my creativity. They are inseparable parts for me. I am happy that my profession brings me lots of joy and pleasure. After all, I can share with others my emotions and feelings.
I already have a pretty good experience, but I do not cease to learn new techniques and improve my professional skills. I gain new knowledge not only on technical methods, but also on creative ones – I’m working with artists. I am greedy for knowledge. It is very important for me to know everything.
AP: Do you like working in some specific genre? Or do you prefer genre experiments?
AM: Now I don’t think that I’m designer who can already experiment with genres. I need the time to present my style. In other words, I want to show my soul through the clothes designed by me. I believe that the experiments are appropriate when you are recognized. When you have not got recognition yet – I think it should be a search and framing your style rather than experiments in genres.
AM: I have been a designer for 9 years. Almost half of my life I have dedicated to my profession. I like what I do very much; I appreciate it – that’s the sense of my life. My profession is like my sister or a child – I have been staying with it for all my life. Naturally, during this time, I have some skills formed, but I still have not stopped for a moment – I continue to improve them as long as I will not confident that I am an absolute expert in this sphere.
AP: What is your success formula?
AM: It’s very simple. All I need – it is a great perseverance and hard work.
AP: Do you have any achievements to tell our readers about?
AM: One of the first projects where I took part in was “Miss Kharkov National Automobile and Highway University”, 2007. I worked as a designer for the Faculty of International Relations. I developed a three fashion images and diligently worked on them.
I also was a participant of the National Art Festival «Valiza Fest», there I presented my collection «The first step». I also participated in Kharkiv Fashion Day.
As for my future plans – they are great! But I’ll talk about them as soon as they appear. The only thing I can share – this is my work on a new project. Soon you may see its results.
AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?
AM: I prefer working alone and create everything by myself – from the sketch to the clothing items itself. But, sometimes I feel the lack of time, as I have many orders. I hope to find a quality assistant, who could help me with sewing. But for now I’m scared to trust someone.
Clothing by Anastasia Maltseva
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- Anastasia Maltseva: New Stylish Collection of Clothes Fall/Winter 2011/2012
- Fantastic Plastic by Lena Dobrynina: Bright and Original Handmade Jewelry
- Michal Pudelka Photography: Storytelling Camouflaged Expressions
- Juan Carlos Federico: Illustrations that Cure Your Eyes
- Christien Starkenburg’s SlowWood: Unpretentious, Sober and Serene Design