Iskra’s most significant interests in life are people, what moves them to do what they do, what connects them, what is familiar and what is different. At the same time, she feels strongly attracted to beauty. We all need more beauty in our life. In its most wide definition, art is precisely this: Beauty with a capital letter.
NFT Granny: ” Dear Iskra, many thanks for taking your precious time to answer my question. Your Twitter name is “pointline”. What is the story behind this name?”
Iskra Velitchkova: Hi Granny! Thank you for your time and interest. The story behind pointline is quite simple 🙂 I find it fascinating how the purest and basic shapes in geometry can bring us so much richness and possibilities to tell stories.
How did you first become interested in art, and how did you get started with it yourself?
Iskra Velitchkova: My most significant interest in life is people, what moves us to do what we do, what connects us, what is familiar and what is different. At the same time, I feel strongly attracted to beauty. We need beauty, and that’s art for me in its most wide definition, beauty with capital letter 🙂
My first touchpoints were after a proven record on data visualization and information design, which were first with my own studio, and then in a big corporation such as BBVA – one of the world’s leading financial institutions in digital transformation.
I had the opportunity to work with designers, scientists and technologists from who I learned a lot, and many of the things which now define me as a professional. I oriented my career over the last years to search for new ways of communicating what’s beyond the algorithms we develop today. All this led me to finally decide to take the chance to freely use all these learnings to keep exploring on my own. There are many directions I can only reach through art. I genuinely enjoy the creation itself and being surrounded by people who share similar concerns and different perspectives.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your project “Generative Nature”?
Iskra Velitchkova: Generative Nature is my first collection in NFTs. I think all this movement is – among many other things – powerful in terms of being a huge trigger for many interactions between artists. I wanted to present myself with a simple message: I admire nature in its form. I’m fascinated with how perfect and mystic it is, and I am so interested in how generative art can bring, if not answers, at least new questions of how everything is so well connected and organized.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
Iskra Velitchkova: Ay, I can not answer this question 🙂 I wouldn’t say it’s pride, but I think all my Birds are one of my most cherished pieces.
Is there an artist you would like to work with? Like a collaboration?
Iskra Velitchkova: Emir Kusturica 🙂
We are curious 🙂 Would you be willing to share any plans of upcoming projects?
Iskra Velitchkova: Oh, I can only say I am so excited about 2 upcoming projects with some of my most admired artists. I’ll share them very soon 🙂
Who or what are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?
Iskra Velitchkova: Mainly nature, my roots and my cultural influences.
Is there something specific you are trying to express with your art?
Iskra Velitchkova: Yes! Generative art is about humans, not about machines.
What do you feel when you are creating new art?
Iskra Velitchkova: I’m grateful to be doing art and be able to live from it. I feel free.
Do you remember the first time you heard about NFT Art?
Iskra Velitchkova: Indeed. I was in an infinite waiting queue for doing a COVID test last Christmas to travel to go visit
the family and my partner showed me an article about NFTs, so we decided to change the appointment for the next day right away, and we just took the care to go home and see what was all this
How do you enjoy the NFT Art you have collected? Do you have a way to display it for example at
Iskra Velitchkova: So far I enjoy it by looking at it on my computer. I am working on having screens only for that.
What would be your biggest wish for the NFT Art scene? What is currently missing / not fully developed to reach full potential out of it?
Iskra Velitchkova: I don’t really miss any concrete thing since I see how fast all is going so everything is gonna ground
and mature at some point. I wish all platforms and protocols can be sustainable in the near future.
Also to see a more paused movement: I think it’s the only way to grow organically. I truly believe this is a movement, and we need to take care of it.
We would really like to know, where do you see the NFT Art scene in the future?
Iskra Velitchkova: In the near future: in the best worldwide Museums. In the far-off future: in the textbooks 🙂
Which tools do you use to create your art?
Iskra Velitchkova: I mix technology (processing, p5.js, D3.js), graphic editors, plotters (Axidraw), painting, photography and sculpture (mainly clay).
What does a typical day for you look like, and what do you like to do when you’re not busy with NFT
Iskra Velitchkova: I get up, I see Twitter, I check If I have sales, I start working on my projects which are either creating
new pieces or working on collaborations or preparing talks and classes.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Iskra Velitchkova: Everything has consequences. For better or worse.
What do you feel the moment a project you’ve created dropped?
Iskra Velitchkova: I always wonder if it’s the best I could have done.
Please describe your idea of a perfect world in max. 5 sentences
Iskra Velitchkova: It all adds to a world where you are free no matter where you are born.
Where do you like to travel?
Iskra Velitchkova: Tokyo, Iceland and St. Petersburg.
- Full Name: Iskra Velitchkova
- Date of Birth: 28th March 1988
- Current hometown: Madrid
- Languages you speak: Bulgarian, Spanish, Catalan, English and I can order coffee in French
- What did you want to be when you were a child: Architect, painter and writer
- Education: I’m formally an Economist
- First Job: Excluding student jobs, my first job was in my own Data Visualization studio