Anna Artemyeva – architect, interior designer
"When starting work on my portfolio, it was important for me to create conditions that would help me to implement my plans. And an important component was to find a mentor – a person who, ideally, went the way that I had to go, a person from the Stockholm design environment, who would have known firsthand how things are with design in this city. I was very lucky, my search for such a person led me to Valeria.
Valeria did not only have the necessary experience but also skillfully accompanied me. We divided the process into stages, identified important points, and agreed on the number of meetings-calls. I liked that Valeria did not interfere, did not limit, and did not criticize my work. But she always suggested how to show my ideas and interestingly develop them. And most importantly, in moments of despair, disap- pointment, and simply recession, Valeria helped to find a way out and open a second wind.
The work on the portfolio gave unexpected results – I found a university where I want to continue my education. And this happened thanks to an influx of self-confidence and a broad outlook on the indus- try and workflow. With a pure heart, I recommend Valeria as a mentor. Myself, however, I will be glad to continue cooperation with her." (Translated from Russian)
Elena Savina – business partner in "Keep it Open" project
"With Valeria, I launched a project about a conscious lifestyle. The project idea was to create a design for sustainable products, an online store, and the formation of a community. Valeria was responsible for product design and brand building.
Within the framework of the project, we created our product design concept of sustainable art, found contractors, and successful production. Valeria also formed brand positioning, identity, strategy, and visual component of the brand on social networks and internet platforms. Valeria attracted influencers to promote the brand on social networks and created a campaign on crowdfunding platforms.
During the project, Valeria showed such qualities as proactivity, involvement, ability to work in a team, creativity, and the ability to generate ideas and immediately turn them into life. Valeria can take risks and be responsible for the result, motivate, and set tasks for the team. And high networking skills al- lowed Valeria to quickly attract the right people to the project." (Translated from Russian)