Ilgiz Fazulzyanov the well-known Russian master of jewelry craft. He has several dozen diplomas and awards on his account.
In 2011, Ilgiz became the first Russian jewelry designer to receive the Grand Prix in the International Jewelery Design Excellence Award. No artist managed to win such a competition twice in a row.
He graduated from the Kazan Art School, and then created his own workshop. Within its walls, together with his colleagues, he made custom stained glass windows and painted fabrics. In 1992, the first workshop was opened, where Ilgiz began the production of jewelry. The main direction is the revival of authentic Asian traditions.
But the master did not shy away from modern technologies. It was this symbiosis of techniques that allowed him to receive his first prize in 1994. His participation in the International Competition for Beginning Jewelers from Muslim Countries brought him popularity. The very next year he becomes a partner of the Moscow Armory Museum in the capital. It was this collaboration that brought European flavor to the jeweler’s work.
Ilgiz Fazulzyanov. Enamel wonders
Working in the museum has left a certain imprint on the entire philosophy of jewelry production. Ilgiz became interested in enamel. The master was especially fond of hot enamel. Products made using this technology appear more and more often. In 1997, the first collection was presented in France, the basis of which was the jewelry covered in the technique of “stained glass” and “blank” enamel. Such bright, shiny and unearthly products simply could not be ignored.
The sophisticated French public appreciated Ilgiz’s products. Moreover, the craftsmen were nicknamed “the champion of enamels”. The success was reflected both in the press and in the reviews of eminent jewelry masters. Later there were other equally prestigious awards: “Jewelry Debut” in 2001, “Golden Constellation” in 2002, the title of “Champion of Champions” in 2011.
Today Ilgiz Fazulzyanov can be safely called not only a jeweler of Tatarstan, but also the pride of all of Russia. Since 2012, he has been working under the Ilgiz F brand; boutiques of his jewelry are opening all over the world: Moscow, New York, Geneva, Paris. The master’s collections are always limited, jewelry is not produced for the mass consumer.
Now Ilgiz lives in the capital of Russia, where he moved from Kazan several years ago in the hope of conquering new heights in his life. There is also his workshop, it is located in the very center of Moscow. Dina’s wife, who is the brand director, is in charge of the entire process. Ilgiz teaches young jewelers the skill, passing on his experience and knowledge to them. It is always noisy in the workshop, a line of talented young people is lining up to meet Ilgiz, who wants not only to learn the basics of jewelry craftsmanship, but to learn from the experience of enamel # 1 in Russia.
Art Deco Style
In search of new means of expression, Ilgiz Fazulzyanov turns to clear geometric shapes. By building symmetrical compositions, he strives to achieve pure aesthetics for even greater expression.
“The old walls of Sher-Dor Madrasah, covered with a thick layer of dust, keep many secrets. It was cloudy and rainy that day, and raindrops trickled down the ancient walls of the façade, faced with glazed tiles. Washing away layers of dust, they laid bare the whole history of Samarkand in front of me … ”