Yaromir, 11, from Kyiv has been living with his mother and grandmother in Utrecht for the past three months. Now he goes to school here, plays tennis and football, but his biggest hobby is making artwork with iron beads. Something you know in Holland.
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Almost every day Yaromyr gets busy with little Briegel beads and a small museum has now been set up in the window of the house on the Lange Lauwerstraat. Recognizable objects from the computer game Minecraft, 3D vehicles, monsters and pigs are displayed on the screen. “If I have a lot of free time, I can do it all day.”
Jaromir says that he was not familiar with iron on beads in Ukraine and that he first contacted them here at school in the Netherlands. “I only worked on it for two months. My first model is the little owl that all the students in the class had to make.” The 11-year-old says that although he can burn off his energy while playing soccer and tennis, he really enjoys fiddling with metallic beads. “It is very quiet. When I’m busy, I forget what time is and time flies. I like to be very precise and pay attention to detail. It’s hard sometimes, but it works every time.”
The young resident of Kyiv is not only led with beads, but also very fast with them. “It depends on the model I’m making, the small one takes about fifteen minutes. With about thirty minutes is great.” It’s also a fake cat Mock. It is a pet from his temporary residence. Mook can also be seen in the window. To create the cat, use two base boards (the plastic board on which you place the ironing beads) at the same time and it took about half an hour to do this. “I only need twenty minutes to 3D models.”
Although he is very fast, his mother and grandmother sometimes help him to make a new design. “When my mother has time, she helps me choose a certain color. For example, if I just need red beads, she picks them up,” he says, pointing to a large plastic barrel filled with different-colored iron beads. Grandma is also sometimes involved in this process. “Grandma basically helps with the arrangement,” he says with a laugh. And in order to finish the design of the iron on the beads, it is necessary to use the iron, but it does the job itself easily. “I do it myself, because I know how to do it. I never burn my fingers.”
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Jaromir talks about the different colors it has and then points out a very special colour, which is the glow in the dark iron on the beads. “I made several bats out of this. Then I put them in the lamp and they emit light.” The Ukrainian is obviously very creative, but he is certainly also innovative. “One day the toilet light didn’t work and then I saw something through the glowing bats.”
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“I am very proud of the largest model I have ever made. It is a rabbit with a boat in its hand.” Jaromir worked on this for only thirty minutes. “It was a lot of work,” he sighs. At the moment, all designs are hanging or standing around the windowsill, but the window is already starting to fill up there. “If there’s no extra space, I hang them near the front door or higher in the window.” Jaromir has not yet come up with the name of the museum, but he will think about it. “Maybe something like that Iron on Beads Museum† Although the museum window has yet to be revealed, children often come to see everything carefully. “Sometimes they stay for minutes,” he says happily.
Would you also like to enjoy the Yaromir Museum of Threaded Beads? You can find it at Lange Lauwerstraat, near the Watertoren Lauwerhof.
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