Face to Face: Veronika Královičová
We had the idea to make this interview for some time, as the beading world inside the Beadingschool Club experienced a sort of an earthquake last year…at that time we didn’t know, but a unicorn was born!
She started to bead a year ago, showing enormous creativity, joy and playfulness. She was beading for her life and achieved the “Best Newcomer” in the Beadingschool Contest 2021! Her name is Veronika, but we love to call her – “Veronka”.
Meet the Beadingschool Unicorn, Veronka Královičová!
Please tell us about yourself and your way to the beading and Beadingschool a bit!
Hi! Ever since high school I have always felt the strong desire to create. I really admired the jewels that my dear friend Zuzi Hake (we met 7 years ago) was making. Over the years the pressure in my head became so strong that I couldn’t resist anymore. I bought my first beads and tried to make my first pair of earrings in spring 2021. I fell in love with beading immediately and reached out to Zuzi for some help and suggestions. She was (and still is 🙂 ) very helpful, and of course she told me about Beadingschool, so I decided to check it out. Before I knew it I fell down the rabbit hole and I haven’t regretted it for a second.
How did your story as a designer begin?
After I got a little bit more familiar with beads, I started to play with shapes and colours. I don’t know if it was about gaining a courage. I think it was more about the motivation to express myself: it was so strong, that it needed to happen. After some time I got the awesome opportunity to work at Beadingschool. Erika and Zuzi help me to grow and train, which I really appreciate. I am very grateful I can truly say that my work is my hobby as well <3.
Do you remember the first piece you sold? What was it?
The first piece I sold was a pendant – my original design that my father bought from me on a Mother’s day. It was a gift to my grandma :).
Please tell us how does your average day look like (maybe you have a routine)!
I usually start my day with taking my older child to the kindergarten. Then I spend the first half of the day working, cleaning, cooking and taking care of my younger child. After kindergarten pick up we usually spend our afternoons on the playground until it’s time for a dinner. After I put them to bed I usually spend my evenings watching Netflix or working.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you have some rituals to boost your creative energy, a favorite place for work?
I see inspiration everywhere. Usually, I need to reduce my creative energy rather than boost it, because otherwise I have problems with finishing one piece before starting another. I have realized just recently is that a painted table can boost my creativity and even help me to stay focused on what I am currently working on!
Which are your favorite colors, shapes, materials, etc?
I like everything shiny, so naturally my favorite beads are Preciosa bicones and faceted beads – mostly AB, opal, or ideally AB opal :-D. From shapes, I really like GemDuos because of their gorgeous colours and the possibilities that they bring as two-holes beads. I also love to play with big RAW bezels for large glass cabochons (the more bling the better)!
Do you have a piece of jewelry you made that is somehow special to you?
Yes I do, the most special to me is the necklace that I made for the 2021 Beadingschool competition in the Bead embroidery category, which I call “Even the sun is a star” :-D.
If you could design something for a well-known person or maybe a fictional character from a film or book, who would it be, and why? (If you already made such a design, please share it with us!)
I would really like to make a large beaded belt for some “summer on the beach” photo shooting! If I will have enough time to make it, I will maybe even go to the beach for that occasion!
What kind of clothes and accessories do you wear? Who are your favorite designers and why?
Usually you can see me wearing a single-color top with jeans (or shorts) and sneakers, but I like to wear a dress as well if there’s an opportunity for them. I don’t like to wear patterns (except the funny ones), and I rather focus on choosing interesting and flattering cuts. I don’t wear expensive or designer clothes and jewelry, I am more the “look what I just found in this secondhand” type of person, but from time to time I like to bead something that would match my wardrobe. The only designer, whose pieces of jewelry I own and I wear very often with a lot of love is our dear Zuzi!
Veronka, Beadingschool recently published your first “big” jewel – Kizette. Would you like to tell us more about it?
I started to build this design during the Beadingschool Academy theme dedicated to Art Deco. I picked several cabochons from the box and let myself fly to creative heights. I realized that the initial idea is great but I need more support to finish the jewel. Thanks to Erika and her guidance we’re able to see and enjoy Kizette today. It was challenging but the reward are the first jewels I see beaded by our Beadingschool Club members.
What is your goal in the future? Where would you like to see your brand and jewelry?
My goal is to grow as a designer and learn how to make even my bigger designs easy and enjoyable to bead for everybody! I have some plans for big bead embroidery jewels as well, which will hopefully see the light of this world one day. I would like to join a bead embroidery competition in the future. But most of all, I want to learn how to finish one project before starting another! 🙂
Where can we see and buy your designs?
You can find my designs at Beadingschool.com in the Designer zone.
Thank you for answering my questions, Veronka! We all are happy you found your passion in beading and way to us 🙂
Please, use the comment section if you have more questions you would like to ask, or greet our Veronka.
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Veronka's Kizette beaded by our Beadingschool Club members Lotta and Mirjam - sparkly, beautiful, and eye-catching!