Becoming A Jewelry Designer
Mahasi (http://mahasi.sk/) is a Slovak brand under which Petra Paštéková creates unique hand-embroidered artistic jewelry, wedding crowns and accessories. Mahasi jewelry is inspired by nature – the Earth, the energy of semi-precious stones and the healing power of colors. They express the contrast of feminine strength and tenderness. Petra strives to create jewelry that will make any woman feel connected to nature and her personal journey. We love Petra’s work! It’s fresh, thoughtful, mysterious and feminine. Additionally Petra might be the nicest person you’ve ever met! So we asked her a few questions. We hope you enjoy the answers as much as we did! (And yes – it’s her on the photo above.)
Who or what were some of your early influences?
I remember, I was always fascinated by mystical stories and beings during my childhood. I loved fairy tales about beings with special gifts, good witches, elves, mermaids, unicorns, beautiful talking animals (I loved the lion in Narnia ) or just normal people who entered another world full of magic. I always wanted to take part in such a story and often dreamed about it. I think a lot of books and movies with such themes formed me and now as an adult I still am a little bit of a dreamer in this way. I carry stones my grandparents gave me when I was 10 and my collection started to grow since then. I fell in love with gemstones and crystals and started to create unique pieces for myself first. And then, when people liked my artwork, I created the first pieces for family and friends and, after that, for the public.
Would you say that you being from Slovakia influenced your aesthetic in some way? If yes, how?
My biggest inspiration in my work is nature and I am thankful that my parents took me into nature and forests often when I was a child. Because of that, I have a positive relationship with my country, mountains and forests. A lot of my objects for my photoshoots are some wooden pieces I found by walking in the forest or near a lake. I have been to many beautiful places in the world, but Slovakian traditional villages, people and traditions are deep in my heart.
What does your average creative workday look like?
Every day looks different and I love that. But my average day consists of administrative work when I am dealing with social media, marketing activities, responding to customer messages and so on. After that I start creating, sometimes until late evening and sometimes I create only two or three hours per day. It depends on how I feel. I love creating only when I’m in a good mood, which is fortunately most of my time 🙂
Where do you look for inspiration when you feel creatively blocked?
I like to be just with myself. I read books, or go for a trip somewhere in nature where I live or I just spend time with my friends and talk to them. Sometimes they show me another perspective or an opinion and it is easier to move on.
Also when I see someone’s inspiring story about achieving their dreams and I say to myself, “If he or she could do it, you can do it too :)”.
How do you feel about creative courage – and can you describe when you had to overcome obstacles with courage?
For many years I had no courage to make any changes in my life. I had quite a good job at very successful holding company, a stable relationship, friends and a social life. I lived on my own, but there was something missing on the inside. My work was very interesting but I felt like a slave to someone’s wishes. Many decisions I made against my inner truth. My relationship was good, but I desired for something more, to feel worthy every day and not just to live with someone. One day was hospitalized with some health issues and I had time to think about everything. My first step toward courage was to break up with my boyfriend which was very painful, because in some way I still loved him deep inside. But I realized that I had to love myself first. And this was just the start of a big movement in my life. I met my current partner who I am happy with, and he gave me the courage to start my own business that I love and offered me all of his support. And I still do not have enough courage for everything but I don’t worry anymore. I just trust God and my inner guidance that what belongs to me I will get. My part is just to open myself to all of the beautiful things, people and opportunities and let them in 🙂 And, of course, to love everything – even the bad parts of my life. They are necessary for our growth.
What is the best advice you ever received?
That things I am passionate about are not random, they are my calling. So I started to listen.
What are you working on now?
Now I ended the wedding season of 2019 and I’m slowly preparing for the wedding season of 2020 and thinking about new projects in which I want to take part next year. I want to create more beaded jewelry using semi-precious stones for everyday wearing, not just bridal jewelry. I’m also looking forward to my new episode in life by becoming a mother. So, next year will be very interesting and I can’t wait to see what it brings to me.
What is your favorite quote (or quotes) to live by?
“The size of your audience doesn’t matter. Keep up the good work.” – Anonymous
“You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions, not words, that matter.” – Nicholas Sparks