Anastasya Martynova lives and works in London. Her artistic practice includes wood carving, gilding, illustration and sculpture. After a long background in art direction for the BBC, Anastasya was drawn away to the magical world of Craft. She transforms natural, raw materials into pieces that tell a story. Currently her focus is on working in wood; experimenting with scale and subverting familiar shapes to create a tactile, somewhat surreal experience. In her work, Anastasya is also exploring how traditional techniques and craftsmanship can be used in a contemporary way to reignite interest in age old techniques.
Anastasya is a versatile collaborator and welcomes commissions. Her latest sculpture the “Memory Chain” is available through The New Craftsmen.
2017, "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral" at The New Craftsmen, London.
2017, "Craft Event" and new showroom opening at Proportion>London, London.
2016, "London Craft Week" at City & Guilds of London Art School, London.
2015, Clive Christian at Harrods, London.
2014, "The Drapers' Company 650th Anniversary Fayre" at the Drapers' Hall, London.
2014, "Woodcarving and Gilding Degree Show" and City & Guilds of London Art School, London.
2013, "The Lord Mayor's Tree Party" at Mansion House, London.
2013, "The Olympia International Fine Arts and Antiques Fair", London.
Prizes and Awards:
The William Wheeler Prize for Outstanding Work 2014
The Drapers’ Company Grinling Gibbons Scholarship 2013
The Drapers’ Company Grinling Gibbons Scholarship 2012
The Fishmongers Menu Design Competition Winner 2012
BBC Visions Design Trainee Scheme Winner 2007
2017, Treetop Bar entrances, Dreamland, Margate: commissioned by d-raw.
2016, Trio of gilded glass sacred geometry inspired etchings and triangular abstract stained-glass effect lightbox window commissioned by Blue Tit London for the interior of their new Streatham Salon.
2016, Perspex incased 2D bird made from colour human hair and and sacred geometry mural commissioned by Blue Tit London for the interior of their new Brixton Salon.
2016 Reverse painted glass panels with white gold and gold leaf accents, to be fitted in a sash window to give a stained glass effect for private residence in Marylebone.
2015, Gilded Glass Panels commissioned by Blue Tit London for the interior of their new Brockley Salon.
2015, Selection of gilded glass lid boxes for various private clients, London.
2015, Carved mannequin arms commissioned by Museea for “Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward”, Liljevalchs, Stockholm.
2014, Hand-carved sign for Blue Tit London.
2014, Gilding to Sutton Place Gates, Surrey.
2013, Hot air balloon made for Mr Fogg’s Residence, Mayfair.
2013, Visual Artist for "A Queen Within - Adorned Artefacts, Fashion and Chess' for World Hall of Fame at Christie's Auction House, New York
2012, Finishing and gilding artists for the Spirit of Chartwell for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Diploma in Ornamental Woodcarving & Gilding
City & Guilds of London Art School (2010-2014)
MA Production Design for Film and TV – Distinction
Kingston University (2004-2005)
BA (Hons.) Theatre Design – Merit
Wimbledon School of Art (2001-2004)
Full CV available on request.