Anastasia Savenko creates jewelry pieces that are like mini sculptures, art you can wear—as memorable in their form and conception as they are ornamental. She believes that each piece should be rooted in a strong idea, to make it original and timeless. Working primarily in silver and gold, she is an artist whose medium is precious metal.
Anastasia makes jewelry with heft; those who wear it can feel it—not just the weight, but its bold presence. “It’s comforting and empowering to wear a beautiful piece of precious metal,” she says. “It makes you feel more confident, like a kind of armor, to wear for everyday battle.” In her native Russia Anastasia studied art for years and later worked as a graphic designer. After moving to the U.S., she discovered jewelry making, which struck her as the ideal way to combine her artistic side with her passion for hands-on craftsmanship. The seed for each of her pieces is found in research—poring over slides, books, and other sources at the library, for example—and rigorous conceptualization, mainly sketching and photographic studies. Then, with an idea firmly fixed, she carves a model from special jeweler’s wax, using dental tools and other fine instruments. It’s a labor-intensive process that presents Anastasia with non-stop artistic challenges. It’s a process she loves, though, from one minute to the next; and the final piece reveals how much the work truly pays off.
Anastasia presents her jewelry at various events in New York City and nearby area and this page contains upcoming art shows and exhibitions.