In this interview the young, ambitious jewelry master Zarafshon Amridovna from Tajikstan speaks about her vision and work.
Why and when you decided to become a jewelry master. I’ve always sought creativity and enjoyed creating unusual artistic things. Creating and designing jewelry was one of my biggest dreams. I devoted most of my life to my job and my family. Thus, I didn’t have the time and opportunity to pursue my passion. However, with the start of the pandemic, I started having a lot of free time, which made me realize that it was the perfect time to make my lifelong dream come true.I’ve always sought creativity and enjoyed creating unusual artistic things. Creating and designing jewelry was one of my biggest dreams. I devoted most of my life to my job and my family. Thus, I didn’t have the time and opportunity to pursue my passion. However, with the start of the pandemic, I started having a lot of free time, which made me realize that it was the perfect time to make my lifelong dream come true.
As far as I understand your family comes from Badakhshan and you are sometimes using traditional motives like roof of Pamir house in your work. How important is tradition in your work? How does it influence you? Traditions play a significant role in my work. My family comes from Badakhshan, one of the three main regions of Tajikistan. Our culture and traditions have been deeply engraved in our lives since young as we are always taught to remember and cherish the beauty of our culture. I believe traditions serve as a connection between people and the past. We replay them over and over to create good memories and reinforce our sense of belonging. Thus, I try to reflect that in my artworks by using traditional motives, ornaments, and patterns in my designs. Moreover, I try to add various elements from other Tajik regions such as Khatlon, Sughd, etc. With the emergence of modern trends and novelties, our people, especially the youth, tend to forget the subtleties of our culture. Thus, in order to prevent the disappearance of those cultural values, I try to combine traditions with modernity and create a unique style that will appeal to all generations.
Where did you already exhibit? Over the past two years working as a jewelry designer, I’ve had an opportunity to exhibit my work at many exhibitions and fairs. From 2021-2022, 4 times, I participated in various local exhibitions in Uzbekistan. In 2021 I participated in the International Biennale Festival in Tashkent, where I received 1st place among participants from 20 countries worldwide. In 2022 I participated in the International Exhibition „ART-EXPO“ in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and the „POP-UP Dushanbe“ exhibition in my home country.
What is your vision for the future? I aspire to open my own workshop studio and enhance my skills by learning new jewelry-making techniques. I also dream of creating a showroom where I can exhibit and present my artwork. However, the end goal is to create my own company and expand my business outside of Central Asia.
Why are you participation in our event? What makes you interested in? When I received an offer to participate in your event, I didn’t give it a second thought. I am interested in your project because I understand the value of it as an artist who comes from a country with a rich culture. Art has always been something that unites. KultEurasia helps the world connect by bringing together creative people from different countries with unique cultures. It gives an opportunity not only for the artists to showcase their art and see it appreciated and recognized but also for other participants to feel united. I think this event is a gateway for people to learn about the cultures and traditions of others.