Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 17. Anya Melkozernova.
To call Anya Melkozernova a night owl is an understatement.
The 27-year-old designer, who's based in Phoenix and originally from Russia, is behind Looks Good Anya Fashion. Melkozernova says she spends her nights sewing from about 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. That's when the ASU alum isn't keeping up with her social media followers, coordinating photoshoots, or marathoning Law & Order.
"Currently, my biggest project is Through The Keyhole, an ongoing collaboration between my fashion line Looks Good Anya Fashion and Oliver Hibert," Melkozernova says, adding that the "goal is to work with as many artists as possible in the course of my lifetime."
She says that she's always on the hunt for support for such projects. "Luckily, I have an arsenal of incredibly creative friends in the local art community, and the next chapter of this project is in the works with local artist Sierra Joy Stewart."
It's unclear when she'll catch up on sleep, but it sounds like there are a lot of long nights ahead.
I came to Phoenix with two suitcases, my mom and my six year old sister.
I make art because I have a hard time communicating with words.
I'm most productive when the world is asleep.
My inspiration wall is full of people and things that matter most to me, symbols of feelings.
I've learned most from adversity and introspection.
Good work should always have superb craftsman ship. If art is message the message has to come through loud and clear, poor craftsmanship muddies the clarity of your expression.
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The Phoenix creative scene could use more unity.
See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:
100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream 33. Nathan Blackwell 32. Carley Conder 31. Ben Willis 30. Nicole Michieli 29. Brian Cresson 28. Tyson Krank 27. Mikey Estes 26. Anwar Newton 25. Sarah "Saza" Dimmick 24. Tato Caraveo 23. Jorge Torres 22. Laura Spalding Best 21. Shawnte Orion 20. Mike Olbinski 19. Christina You-Sun Park 18. Jon Arvizu