1.- The interviewee
Aleksei Sigaev is a master jeweler who lives in Moscow. He is a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and the winner of the National Competition in Jewelry Design “Golden Constellation” 2002. In addition, he is very well known for his ‘modding’ skills. He is an active member of the Russian ‘Steampunk’ community and many of his creations can be found at Steampunker.ru.
2.- Russian Steampunk
Our first contact with Steampunker.ru was in March, due to the release of the compilation of the twelve interviews of the series ‘Steampunk jewelry tonight with…’ published in 2012. We have the feeling that Russia has a very active Steampunk scene, but it is almost unknown outside of the Russian-speaking countries. For this reason, when Peter, Editor of Steampunker.ru, asked me if we would be interested in interviewing Russian creators, we showed our interest immediately.
When Peter told me that Aleksei Sigaev was willing to participate in our interviews’ series, both Irene and I felt electrified and we are more than pleased to help make Aleksei’s works known beyond the boundaries of his country. Why? Because Aleksei may be totally unknown for our readers, but he is a genuine master jeweler and an expert ‘modder’. Enjoy!
Q.- Aleksei, you are the first Russian interviewee of this interviews’ series. How did you discover Steampunk and what makes it so attractive for you?