“I’m very energetic, a volcano! My mind constantly working, I like to imagine, to dream constantly.”
Renata Rosa “Reje”
How would you describe yourself — what kind of person are you?
I have a degree in medicine and surgery, I am a speech therapist, mother of a beautiful child. I’m a businesswoman and goldsmith. I am a private person, careful and precise. I like to observe my surroundings, I love the colors, the landscapes of my land, the characteristic smells of the streets of my country: the smell of freshly baked bread, the smell of dew. During the day, I do so many things, I do not stop a second, I'm very energetic, a volcano! My mind constantly working, I like to imagine, to dream constantly.
Where do you live?
I live in Avigliano, a country of Basilicata, in southern Italy.
Is beading rather a hobby or a profession for you?
I started beading as a hobby, but after two months I started to publish the first pictures of my work and I received the first contract proposals from companies that dealt with the high quality artistic craftsmanship, 100% made in Italy. So the beading for me quickly became a real job. I opened my company, I recorded my brand "Reje", and now I have so much satisfaction.
WHY and when did you start with beads, beading, jewelry, craft …?
Ever since I was a little child, I sewed with my grandmother and my mother, I grew up in an environment of seamstresses. I worked with the best fabrics, the needle for me has always been my magic wand!
Who or what inspires you and where can you derive ideas from?
I am inspired by my surroundings, my mind begins to work, combining colors and shapes, it is a whirlwind of mental images, emotions and feelings.
Have you been influenced by another artist or was there somebody who encouraged you?
No, I have never been influenced by no other artist, my mind is already too full of ideas, I would not make it to follow also those of other artists.
Do you have certain preferences regarding materials, color, style?
I have no preferences, I love all the colors that each season or feeling tells me. I love crystals and fabrics like silk and velvet! Oh velvet is a dream for me!
Do you sell your jewelry in shops/webshops? Do you teach classes? Do you exhibit on fairs or other opportunities? Published books?
I sell my jewelry in shops and to private buyers. I teach through interactive tutorials. I work for magazines.
I don’t have the opportunity to participate in trade fairs because I sell everything at once and I don’t have the material to be exhibited.
What do you see in the future? Dreams, plans, wishes…
I think at present, it is the only way to build the future well, I never think about what awaits me in the future.