Interview: Anna Nasibyan

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Name: Anna Nasibyan

Where do you live: Yerevan, Armenia.

Known for: Creator for children.

Currently working with:
Creations for children signed AN hobby.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
In fact, very early, at the age of 5-6 years. I always loved creating, was involved in handicraft and I in particular presented my works to my relatives and closed ones. I think that a handmade gift is the most precious one, because the creator puts in it his soul, his love and his time. I was pleasantly surprised to know that my Grandma had preciously kept all my greeting cards up to the end. Now I’m very happy that my handmade cards are spread worldwide and each of them finds its receiver.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I’m from Armenia. I live in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. I am happy to live in such a warm and sunny city the colors and people of which inspire me. I would like to leave everything unchanged, yet with one exception, if I could find my soul-mate to share my world and my creative ideas and with whom I would be happy in any part of the globe.

How would you describe your creativity?
My creations are colorful, sincere and naive. They touch both young and old people, still keeping the spirit of a childhood. 

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
More than 10 years ago I made the birth cards of my niece. Getting excited about the result I created the Christmas greeting cards later. A high evaluation from the people encouraged and inspired me. As a result, new ideas and new works were born. I love my every single work. While creating, I talk to them, I caress them, and I always miss them when separated.

What do you do at the moment?
Right now I’m preparing 2 exhibitions on the occasion of the International children’s day.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
A creative mind can’t help creating. Sooner or later, there comes the need to create. My advice for beginners is not be discouraged and not be afraid to realize their own ideas, even the craziest one. The most important thing is to do your work and create with love.

Tell us how it all started.
It all started in Yerevan in 2004. Being inspired by my niece’s birth, I had the passion to create postcards, and I have created everything concerning children.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Inspiration, good mood and nice music.

What is your favorite film?
“Mamma Mia” musical comedy based on the songs of pop group “ABBA”, with participation of famous actors. Especially, I am totally impressed by warm colours and amazing views of a Greek island called Kalokairi.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
I would like to invite all my friends, who live in other countries for different reasons, for a dinner .

How do you like to spoil yourself?
By traveling and exploring new places.

What is luxury for you?
Luxury has no sense for me.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
The cutest stand and the most beautiful creator 🙂 (visitor of the exhibition).

What do you fear most?
Cockroaches and earthquakes.

What is a happy life to you?
Happy life is to do what you love. To me it’s to create.

What does a regular day look like for you?
My days are very diverse. But every single day, a part of the day is given to creative activities.

Tell us about your dream project.
I don’t know if this can be considered a dream… But rather a big realizable wish. I wish I had my studio where I could work and expose at once.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
As an animator in a kids’ art center, I have a huge working experience with children. As I create for children, any contact with them, is a new source of inspiration.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
My style is childish, designed for children aged from 0 to 100 years 🙂

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my family and my best friends.

What inspires you?
Everything can inspire me: a good weather, a new person, a nice compliment, an interesting offer…

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
“Anna Karenina”, but I would like to change the ending, because “La vie est belle”.

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