Victor A. Syrnev

Professional in Jewelry Design.

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.
  • 4-Time Winner of Jewelry Design Award.
  • Specialized in Jewelry Design.
  • 5 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
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Bridal Veil The chandelier

Bridal Veil The chandelier

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The Empress Ring

The Empress Ring

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The Sunshine The Brooch

The Sunshine The Brooch

Jewelry Design

Chiromancy Brooch

Chiromancy Brooch

Jewelry Design

"Emerald" - Project Asia Metamorphosis Brooch

"Emerald" - Project Asia Metamorphosis Brooch

Jewelry 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

Extended Interview with Victor A. Syrnev

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
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.
What motivates you to design in general, why 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.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
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 should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
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 makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
When design meets function in the identification of all the aesthetic and technical possibilities of the material and ideas.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good design organizes the world, all the spheres of human activity.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
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.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
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.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
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 are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
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.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
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.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
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.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Everything we do is design. Everyone is improving his/her own living environment, own surroundings, own job. It does not depend on the profession
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
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.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
The biggest obstacles we create by ourselves. A couple of times in my life I could erroneous go by another road. And both times I have found the way to my profession.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
I continue to try working with different materials and on new topics. Often a familiar theme, but realized in other material becomes totally unexpected sound ... I'm very interested to know what will I do or continue to do ...
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
Save the interest to the world around me. To see something amazing, hidden from prying eyes, and to submit to a general overview.
How does design help create a better society?
If the design streamlines the objective world, maybe it will affect the human society ... But it is doubtful.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
This is very important and very dear for me part of my work. I speak about a collection dedicated to the Romanov dynasty and the family of Nicholas II: «Russia. Ural, Dynasty", which is associated with the bright days of the life of the last Russian Emperor's family. Second. I grasped the idea S.Bottichelli "Birth of Venus". A completely new design for me. The object appeared as a synthesis of jewelry and decorative plastics. The site retains all the heroes of the paintings: Venus, Shell, Olive grove, cloud, God of southern wind named Zephyr. Trying to imagine the classic theme in my own way in the composition of the object entered unseen by us, but existing in the real world - Balance, balance, center of gravity. Feature of the object is to create a free design that can have self-regulating status of all its elements in a space.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
I bring the project "Palmistry" to a special place. The idea is to create works that represent the uniqueness and individuality of each person. This is evident even in the patterns of our fingers and figures' fate lines "of our hands ... If you make a handprint, you will find dozens of lines and signs on it, which are fraught with extraordinary artistic possibilities. In such kind of ornaments we see fixed Artistic Personality Code, and each jewel emerges as a completely individual architectural design. The competition A'Design Award 2014. Brooch "Palmistry" was awarded with gold prize.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
"Metamorphosis" project has been formed for 3 years. But there are works that are realized much faster.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
The Idea is almost always ahead, the idea that contributes to the emergence of forms and fills it’s content.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
For various reasons, in our society we have some new contacts and new relationships ripen, there are requirements in the new design. Step-by-step form trends.
What is the role of technology when you design?
Sometimes it is crucial. Having mastered the new technology, you start to adapt your past skills and knowledge and implement for new technologies.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
We use Microsoft Windows, Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and some free software. To make pictures we use Canon Camera with Canon lens.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
I work alone. When I have some need for cooperation, I can easily go for it.
Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
After I have read "Full Course of Palmistry" by Professor Jurgen Koestler I got the idea of “Palmistry” project.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
I am interested in life around me and it gives me new experiences and creative impulses
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
I would like to meet my grandfather - Ivan Tovostin (1850 -1921) – artisan and collector of Minusinsk Siberian antiquities. His collection is stored in the State Hermitage Museum, Kiev Museum of History and Art, the Museum of the History of Finland and in the Museum named after Martyanov in Minusinsk.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
It is nice; I treat awards with respect, but quietly. The amount of invested labor regulates the balance of the perception. It is distributed to a small circle of initiates, but it does not cause difficulties.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Lapis lazuli and gold; Boulevard Erkindik Bishkek; Some types of seafood; Spring in Asia; Ancient Chinese Bronze "A dog and a bird.» «VICTOR» Brand.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
In 1996, was an exhibition of my works in Hanau (Germany). It opened on a holiday quite early, at 10 or 11 o'clock in the morning. I went to the opening of the exhibition and watched with wonder as a lot of people were going to the same place I did. The closer we came to the Old Town Square, the more people went there. I realized that here it is, my finest hour. Here it national recognition. From a narrow alley we are pretty tight group, left to the Old Square. I turn right to the opened doors of the exhibition hall, and my "fans" turn left, to the Cathedral. But I was not disappointed.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
When there is a period of accumulation of information and reflections, this one state. Realization time requires concentration and maintaining emotional balance. In order not to spill the emotions intended for performance plan.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
It was obvious that I have a desire to work creatively. This desire led me through my life.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
In the course of my life sometimes there were so many events and changes. So I cannot predict for such a long period ...

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