If you love chain maille then you'll enjoy patterns and classes with Wire-Sculpture Faculty, chain maille artist Lena Bugrimenko!
I was born in the wonderful city of Kharkov, Ukraine. Like any girl, I loved jewelry- not only wearing it but even holding jewelry made me happy. (Back then, I had no idea that one day I would make jewelry myself!) I graduated from the Polytechnic University, majoring in chemical engineering, and began working in my field.
In 1999, my life changed a lot! My husband, daughter and I moved to the USA. It was a new start and a new life, so I decided to do something new too. I began making my own jewelry!
In the beginning, I made jewelry using seed beads; beautiful, yes, but it wasn't enough. Then I discovered the art of making Chain Maille, and now it is one of my favorite techniques. I love combining this technique with beads, gems, and wire. Sometimes the result is unexpected and very beautiful, and a unique, new design is created!
In 2009 I won the 1st Place Gold Medal award with my piece titled "Glorious Summer Necklace" in FMG's Swarovski category. In 2010 I took the Bronze Medal award with my piece titled "Wedding Necklace" in FMG's wirework and chain category. My designs have been used by Fire Mountain Gems both as a back cover advertisement and in their catalogs.
I have been published in a book, Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques, a collaboration with Lana May, Dale "Cougar" Armstrong, and eight other talented jewelry artists.
Lena and her family enjoy living in southern New Hampshire. She can often be found teaching.
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