Victor A. Syrnev

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Victor A. Syrnev

About Victor A. Syrnev

The Maestro from Kyrgyzstan. "Syrnev is sincerely convinced that an artist should have an arsenal of creative techniques, that is, have knowledge of his materials in a measure which permits him to make his own, perhaps modest, technological innovations. Look at Victor’s work: the metal now shines, trembles, and vibrates with life. It plays the role of a severe artifice and an airy inspiration. Now it absorbs the light; now it reflects it. Of course such freedom in transformation of one’s material is possible only by profound knowledge of its possibilities. Syrnev’s creations presuppose not only love and empathy, but also a sharing of knowledge and feeling, a joy of mutual urgency, a shared secret dedicated to knowledge itself. Victor knows a great deal about symbols, signs, numbers, precepts of the traditional masters and creators of jewelry and amulets. But he is not less knowledgeable about contemporary methods of appreciation of form and color. For Victor there opens a whole domain of communication with the viewer on the basis of artistic intuition and psychological perception". Ada Safarova / Moscow

  • Winner of 5 A' Design Awards.
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"Emerald" - Project Asia Metamorphosis Brooch

"Emerald" - Project Asia Metamorphosis Brooch

Jewelry Design

Chiromancy Brooch

Chiromancy Brooch

Jewelry Design

The Empress Ring

The Empress Ring

Jewelry Design

The Sunshine Brooch

The Sunshine Brooch

Jewelry Design

Bridal Veil The chandelier

Bridal Veil The chandelier

Lighting Design


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Interview with Victor A. Syrnev

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I've always enjoyed tinkering something, cut out of paper and glue funny compositions cut out of wood of different shapes. I did a toy by myself as carved whistle, helped my mother to sew on a manual sewing machine. But it was not moving towards the goal, and just enjoy the pleasure of working with the material and handicrafts.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
This is my creative studio, in activities which, in different forms, involving several people. We focus on the art-metal. Creating jewelry and objects. Sometimes my objects are called the sculpture, but to me they are all the same objects. They are a continuation and development of jewelry, massive access to the interior space.
What is "design" for you?
Improvement of society through the improvement of the environment.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
Creating jewelry, you mean understanding the scale. But we always see the man in the some space. Following the man and offering him jewelry, you start trying on jewelry objects and interior. If you retain an understanding of form and composition, but changing the scale, there is a creation on a new scale. For me, jewelry and jewelry for the person for the interior most welcome.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
One day I came upon a reprint of the book "Complete Course of Palmistry" by Professor Y. Kestler, published in 1911. It was written a fascinating, figurative language, and painted with great detail the value of all the lines, characters, figures on our hands. I liked the description so I made a collection of objects ornaments attached to them, and a description of the significance of these figures. The audience responded enthusiastically to this information. Examined his hands, looking for signs, asked to tell more. But I do not support this information, I just broadcast the text and pictures from the book.After quite a long time I returned to the subject of palmistry. But now this has changed the nature of jewelry. Based on the lines of the palm and marks a particular person to create a personalized piece of jewelry. It is supplemented with stones, pearls, coral, - according to the interests and wishes of the future owner. This ornament is another function. Handprint is one of the elements of the interior. Thrown together with the imprint becomes the object that introduces a whole new flavor in this space. One item has double function. Brooch, as personal adornment, and the object of the interior, where the brooch is not removed in a box or safe, and set in a frame on the wall with a hand print. The first work in this direction was taken in 1999.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
To create a jewelery I think the most attractive is precious metals. But this does not preclude from allure materials which has less noble. One day I saw a commercial printing machine zinc type with which printed newspapers. It immediately became clear what interesting ornaments can be made from this material. There was a large collection of jewelry with zinc plates. I returned twice more to work with a cliché, but now they were aluminum plates.
When do you feel the most creative?
In the process, when you are sitting behind the bench and working through a consistent idea. At this point, the idea continues to evolve and mutate. The material with which you work, also enters into dialogue and offers opportunities. You just need to note down ideas that come to these minutes.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
I think, it’s developing step by step. Everyday You can see something new )
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
There was an exhibition of my work in the gallery of Michael Zobel (Konstanz, Germany) In November 2012. And an exhibition in the Kyrgyz National Museum of Art, in Bishkek In May 2013.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
The surrounding nature, the impressions of travel and visiting exhibitions and galleries, studio colleagues.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
I rely on my idea of harmony and beauty. But who leads my hand and where the new ideas come from - I do not know.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
Kyrgyzstan – is a country which has grown from a nomadic culture and has retained many of its quality today. Migrate, it means to move from place to place. We settled people, are saying: "The two moved equals one fire." Nomad cannot lose everything because of the move. Therefore, the home of a nomad yurt, all utensils organized and existing about century and have been adapted for fast acquisition and compact move. It is a design of the highest quality. But this is story. The modern design of the Kirghiz, I think, all the achievements are yet to come.
How do you work with companies?
I choose what they produce, taking into account of their quality and my expression and ideas.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Any creator - is always a person. And the company is important to have personal contact with the designer and trusting attitude toward it. This attitude makes the flight of designer relaxed and free.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
Virtually the entire process takes place in the head. When I get new ideas or new compositions, I try to write them down to keep the starting point. These notes are a bank of ideas that are waiting in the wings, or they realized soon.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Maroon tea pair, MS Association of Kuznetsov, 1890.Chinese bronze composition "A dog and a bird," the 18th century.Saved from my childhood a little copy of "Wolf, Romulus and Remus nursing."Bookcase with stained glass and inlay on little doors
Can you describe a day in your life?
Early morning is devoted to correspondence, working with text, for information. Day of work in the studio. meetings. In the evening, the bench or work with sketches.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
For me, creativity delivers incomparable joy. And everything that fits into the concept of creativity, can not spoil a single moment of my life.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
It is a very big list of different things. I use everything which is comfortable for me to do the best I can.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
Indeed, sometimes "hit a wall" and do not find a solution. Putting aside for a time, in the direction of the work and do other what - that power, without your intervention, continue to storm the impregnable heights. You took the time out, and they continue to search. Once new thoughts come to visit you. This "offer" could come at any time of the day, sometimes at night.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
I do not have such a number. Sometimes there is a quick solution. Sometimes stretched like rubber.
Who are some of your clients?
The first person in several countries of the East and the West, and people of the business, culture and the arts.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Sometimes there are unexpected proposal. Bishkek city administration has ordered for the Wedding Palace large chandelier. It was not even a chandelier, a large composition with the lights on. Size 16 meters x 6 meters x 3, 5 pm The idea behind the composition, carries the meaning and feeling, concentrated in the bridal veil bride. Chandelier - is Bridal Veil, flying over the world and to preserve this world. These proposals seek to make yourself and take a completely new solution. A state of the search for new solutions is creativity.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
Now I’m planning large and important project for me. I want to to tell about my childhood and my homeland, the Urals, and touch the history of the Russian state through the language of jewelry of art. All this will happen this year.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
In the implementation of my ideas I have some help in a different form, from my regular partners.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I have already told about in the 36th line."Now I’m planning a large and important project for me. I want to to tell about my childhood and my homeland, the Urals, and touch the history of the Russian state through the language of jewelry of art. All this will happen this year."
How can people contact you?
My website and e-mail makes it easy. You can get in touch with me from anywhere: vic.syrnev@gmail.com; www.victorud.com

Designer of the Day Interview with Victor A. Syrnev

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
V.S. In 1970, I took part in an art exhibition for the first time, having presented several silver jewelries. The successful beginning of creative activity, my works were awarded with diplomas, this inspired me, and I felt new opportunities in life. The wind blew in my sails. There were interesting projects ahead related to new materials for me (enamels, precious metals, colored and precious stones) and some work on large objects for the interior and for street areas. I received an invitation to take part in an unusually attractive exhibition of modern jewelry art "ORNAMENT" In 1989, in Pforzheim (Germany). The “Fashion Information” Company of Cologne has organized unforgettable meetings with outstanding contemporary artists – jewelers, such as: professor Hermann Junger, Friedrich Becker and Peter Skubic.
How did you become a designer?
S.V. It happened so that I was destined to do just this thing. I have tried to do something completely different by myself, far from creative. But both times the fate found a way to return me to the originally conceived. At first my father convinced me to abandon the idea of becoming a metal turner. I have already applied for studies although. On his advice, I changed my original decision and entered the art school. Later, already having a goldsmith’s profession behind me, I entered the Academy of Sports. I wanted to work as a coach. But one semester was enough to understand that I did not do my own thing.
What are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
V.S. Due to my new place of residence (Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan) where I moved from Yekaterinburg (Ural, Russia) in 1966, I found myself in a new geographical and cultural environment. This is the territory of the ancient Great Silk Road. And the theme of the Silk Road became the main thing in my work. I managed to realize dreams here that I did not dream about before. Here I managed to create works that I did not plan.I must say that I use traditional technologies in working with sketches (pencils, paints, plasticine), I create mock-ups in the material for large objects by myself.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
S.V. I am inspired by the living nature and sorcery of ancient masters. Creating jewelry is always a dialogue between the idea and the material. Metal has a heart and participates in the work. He is a lively and spiritual partner - he makes his own corrections and he is a co-author.Creativity makes me feel the highest pleasure, which is equivalent to loving ecstasy. But this is not a short flash, but a time-consuming, incomparable pleasure. Robert Thurman, a professor at Columbia University, Buddhist, a close friend of the Dalai Lama and one of the world's top thinkers, compares the process of creativity with orgasm.My work is ... "the ashes of my dreams."
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
S.V. Several of my projects, large in scope and content, arose in response to the works or events that struck me. Among them: A) After acquaintance with the lyric poem of Johann W. Goethe "West - Eastern Divan" (1819) and with the miniature of the Persian calligrapher Reza Abbasi "Shepherd" (1634), arose a collection of objects and ornaments from twenty objects.B) The family of the Emperor of Russia Nicholas II; his wife, daughters and son, various happy events in their lives are devoted to the collection of "Romanovs". Two works from this collection were awarded on the 2014th at your competition with gold prizes.C) Introduction to the book by Professor Jürgen Kestler "Palmistry" in 1911 served as the basis for the appearance of the collection of jewelry "Palmistry". A brooch from this collection is awarded with a gold prize in 2013 at your competition.E) Looking at S. Botticelli's paintings "The Birth of Venus" and "Spring", the sight is always stops on dancing female figures covered with transparent silks. It's amazing how the Italian Renaissance artists presented the world with silk from China. We do not think about looking at these great works, what role the Great Silk Road played in their appearance. It gave Europe precious silk. Impressed by the canvas of S. Botticelli "Birth of Venus" my object with the same name appeared. In addition to the figure of Venus itself, other elements of the painting found their place in this object. All these elements freely exist in space. They maintain their balance due to balance and harmony with other elements of the object.
What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?
S.V. I have been working on an interesting direction for me for already several years, the idea of which has been formulated briefly - "Blue birds of Kyrgyzstan". Once traveling around the country, my friends and I met a flock of blue birds. Their color and their game got into my soul. Gradually I came to understand what objects can be about this topic. Several works have already been created. One of the objects is set in the city of Idar-Oberstein’s Sculpture Park, as a gift to my friend and colleague Bernd Munsteiner, who lives there.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
V.S. The world is changing so rapidly. Nowadays such technologies are developing and there are such technical possibilities around me, that I have a lot of doubts on this background. Will I be able to recommend something for the future, with my current ideas about the development of society in 10-15 years? But, apparently, the main thing for all will remain the synthesis of talent, knowledge and mastery of the craft. Indomitable desire to improve and rebuild myself, based on emerging requirements.
What is your day to day look like?
The daily life of an object consists of thinking about the work that is being done now. About such work which - you are preparing for. The artist's life consists of thinking about work, which suddenly materialize and come to you in a dream. What you could not solve in the daytime comes at night, like a ready answer. You just need to get up and fix what you see. The second time may not come, and you will not remember. In the morning I try to fix important thoughts before I hear the morning news. This news can scare me away. Often, quietly sounding classical music helps to concentrate, to fence off from extraneous noise.
How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?
S.V. The creation of jewelry is accompanied by an explosion of modern technological and technological achievements. However, on the first place is Idea, Thought. Technic and technology are just tools. But these tools allow you to find some new ways and forms for presenting your Idea. My ideas about Beauty go forward when I start introducing new material for me or new technology into my work. Inspiration comes when I am working with material. The material itself has a soul – It comes into dialogue with my thoughts and influences them.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
V.S. Looking at every work of my completed projects, I understand that it is not completed. That it still needs to work with it. Although during the process of creation this work has changed few times, and everything - equally in it there is still something to work on. But, as a rule, work is almost impossible to change. The viewer or the buyer does not know about my doubts. And for me this "piggy bank of doubts" replenishes my experience and helps in the work on the following projects.
What is your biggest design work?
V.S. Perhaps my biggest work has already been done. This is a chandelier for the Wedding Palace in Bishkek - "The bridal veil flying over the World". I'm not sure that I will take a second time for this kind of work. The project involves so many professionals in a variety of professions. True, I am guided in this case by my experience from a completely different historical period. The period, I had to do that work. This was a planned economy of the period of socialism in the USSR. Despite the difficulties of that period, the work was successful and, according to the international jury, highly artistic. It has Platinum prize in the nomination "Retro. Eternally green design" in 2014.A large project was completed in 2017. By the order of the world brand "HENNESSY", to the 255th anniversary of the company, I performed a composition called "The Hennessy Universe". The object "The Hennessy Universe" was formed from the idea that according to the laws of Harmony. In the center of the universe there is something that attracts and retains other objects in the orbit of motion. In the case of the "Hennessy Universe", the Idea lies in the center. We live in a world of Ideas. Ideas rule the World and change the World. Material: Copper, Brass, partial gilding, precious stone of fire and cognac shades, Black and gray pearls. Object stand made of browny-red volcanic glass - Obsidian.
Who is your favourite designer?
Everyone who beautifies his life, builds a house, selects clothes for a trip to the mountains or to the theater, acts as a designer. But there are people who are about the hidden possibilities of materials and forms, with their ideas about beauty of the life reveal to us another World, a New Harmony. Those for me are Alexander Calder, René Lules, Gustav Klimt, Sandro Botticelli, Zaha Mohammad Hadid, Michael Zobel, Bernd Munsteiner.It's not a bad idea to visit the workshop of Michelangelo, when he chopped his sculptures out of marble. Just sit silently aside, breathe the air of the workshop of the Great Master.
Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
So it happened that my creative personal and family life was formed in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. In this cozy place, located among the mountains, living in a measured and calm rhythm, I found the harmony that allowed me to feel easily and freely. Here, European culture and the ancient culture of Asia were combined in an amazing way.Having received an artistic education oriented to European culture, here I touched on the legends and images that preserved the fragrances of the Great Silk Road. In this mixture of different cultures, in their living dialogue, you can clearly see the mutual influence and mutual enrichment of cultures.
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
Competition and participation in it helps each participant to more accurately represent his own position in the world of design at this particular moment. It helps to see your own position in the general list. In addition, each of the living needs guidance, for a clear understanding of their path and their own capabilities. The victory in the competition is a credential issued by the professional community and, therefore, is highly valued.Designer of the Day! This new rubric and the unexpected offer to become its participant, made me think. I went over in my head much of what I had done over the years. I remembered those plans that could not be completed. I decided that it would be interesting for me to see the reaction of my colleagues and viewers to a new publication of my work in the press.

Extended Interview with Victor A. Syrnev

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I was born and raised in the great industrial city named Yekaterinburg, where we had several factories - the Giant ones. On one of them, namely "Uralmash", they were producing walking excavators, the size of a big building, which struck my fancy. I decided to become a lathe operator – universal one. Particularly attracted the word "universal". My Father, having learned about my plans, recommends me to think about recalling my hobbies designing, modeling and making pattern. In 1956, I enrolled in art – entered the industrial school to learn a profession jeweler specialty. Later I worked at the oldest enterprise of jewelry industry in Russia, the “Russian Gems” company.
How did you become a designer?
I have always driven by a desire and interest in learning new and unusual. It was a surprise or shock as the basis of the need to find my own response to what I saw, felt and experienced.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
I like to create jewelry and objects. I think particular interest is in the work, the occurrence of which is associated with an exciting theme or event which amazed me. For example, the collection "Conversations from a apart" and "Russia, the Urals, the Dynasty." The first collection was the result of my familiarity with the poem of I.V. Goethe's "West - Eastern Divan" (1819), as well as miniature "Shepherd" (1634) made by Persian painter and calligrapher Rezai Abbasi.
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
Working with material I think we should equate with working with an alive. Metal, clay, glass, and other materials have unique properties and nature. The artist must feel the material. Understand what it stores in itself and engage in dialogue with it. The material has a soul.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
When design meets function in the identification of all the aesthetic and technical possibilities of the material and ideas.
What is your day to day look like?
I'm not sure what could be such a project. Maybe I have already touched him, but have not yet revealed all its features. After all, often we do not review before till the end of the possibility of the started project. We see only the first and sometimes the second layer. Everything opens in a deeper penetration into the material, into the idea.
How do you know if a product or project is well designed? How do you define good design?
I am unlikely to have some secrets. Rather, it is a combination of the conditions which you exist in: a fierce desire to create, a sense of time and a sense of the material. Harmony with your own world.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
If we not set the ranks, but simply list those who radiates their heat for me - Rene Lalique, Henri Matisse, Bernd Munsteiner, Michael Perkhin, Alexander Calder, Michael Zobel, Ryuseki Morimoto.
What is your biggest design work?
Bernd Munsteiner and his polished stones - the objects. These stones retained the power and originality of nature, and we can see some mysterious beauty which hidden from all prying eyes.
Who is your favourite designer?
In this role I have the project "Metamorphosis". I was Guided by the desire to create jewelry, where there will be two parallel independent artistic images and two different states. The wildlife is not a frozen state. Changing seasons. In a place of the gloomy morning comes a warm sunny day. Day replaces night. Changing colors, changing the atmosphere. I wanted to introduce the idea of images turnover in jewelry. The idea of the collection "Metamorphosis" is the possibility of the miraculous transformation of one image into another. The owner of the jewelry becomes a part of the game in which there is a transformation of form and content. Man gets Entertainment & Arts. He gets the attribute of life style, which can be defined as an ADVENTURE. The brooch "Metamorphoses" was awarded with the silver prize at the A'Design Award 2013 competition.
Would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?
I cannot imagine. Now, when I am so passionate about my work, the thought of doing anything another – seems different and unnatural for me. I'd rather settle for a sex change than to change my profession. Creativity gives me the greatest pleasure, which is equivalent to loving ecstasy. But this is not a short-term flash, but stretched in time, an incomparable pleasure. "Creativity is an orgasm", said Professor Thurman.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Everything we do is design. Everyone is improving his/her own living environment, own surroundings, own job. It does not depend on the profession
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
A Man lives among the people. The most inner circle creates an atmosphere of warmth, support, understanding and patience, which is comfortable for creativity to develop. My wife and family always gave me strength.

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