Nadica Zlatkova creates unique copper jewelry behind the brand Art Fantasy Jewelry. She is a wife and a mother to precious Lea and Kaya that are her everlasting inspiration and encouragment to pursue her career in jewelry design. Art has been a constant throughout her life. She has a degree in graphic design from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje; she loves to travel and explore the world.
Your shop is called Art Fantasy Jewelry. Is there a story associated with the name?
The shop carries the name of of my first collection exhibition at the Lee Cafe in 2010. Since the first shop I had opened on Etsy was immediately after that exhibition, that name was most appropriate and it continued to be my trademark.
Your unique, asymetrical jewelry often includes natural materials. What materials do you employ the most and find subject to experiments?
I want to experiment with different materials because each gives new possibilities to express myself. I adore minerals, copper, brass, wood and lately I have been excessively using and falling in love in leather.
What is the process of creating a unique piece and what part of that process is the one you enjoy the most?
The process starts with a sketch that is transferred onto the material. In most cases, the sketch changes and transforms during the process of creation, finding its true form at the exact moment of creating, because the process alone is inspirational to me.
Where does inspiration come from?
The materials I use to make the jewelry, the shape, texture and color they offer provoke inspiration and the urge to create.
Is there a special place where you like to work and create?
My favourite place is my tiny studio at home. Because of the number of tools and the space I need to work, there is no possibility for me to work in different places.
Is there a technique or other skills you'd like to try your hand at?
Of course. There are lots of jewelry making techniques I'd like to try. At the time being I am focused on the ones I explore right now; it is a kind of a cycle. I don't start a new one until I have explored it to the maximum.
Your plans for the future?
More work, exploration and mastering recent processes.