Meet Your Members: An Interview with Yana Komaritsa

The June-July 2018 issue of the Innovation Lab Newsletter features a brief interview with Innovation Lab member Yana Komaritsa.Innovation Lab member Yana Komaritsa and some of her work.Describe Yourself in 1 Sentence or Less:

I'm positive, outgoing, creative, and I love to have fun!

What projects are you working on or have you recently completed?

Right now I have several ongoing projects. I work on my pet-themed project, Purr Party (www.purr-party.com; www.purrparty.etsy.com). I've introduced a new product line: personalized pet jewelry, which I laser cut in Innovation Lab and then I paint it by hand. I also work on my new contemporary geometric jewelry line, inspired by my architectural background. The materials I use in it are wood, metal, and leather. The first collection is coming very soon!

What has the Innovation Lab enabled you to do?

Innovation Lab introduced me to the world of laser cutting and it was a turning point in my jewelry making! It allows endless exciting possibilities. I' m also interested in integrating 3-d printing in my designs and this will be my next step.

What is your advice for other members?

Don 't be afraid to show your work- nobody is perfect and there's never an end to a creative process. Sometimes it's important to receive feedback at any stage of your progress; it helps for personal creative growth and development. And you can never know­ sometimes a hobby can turn into a full-time job!

Read more about the people and activities of the Innovation Lab in the Innovation Lab newsletter.

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