After a degree in German and English studies in Sofia, Bulgaria, Zwetelina Alexieva does her apprenticeship of jewellery in Dusseldorf, Germany. In 1993 she opens her own studio in Sofia. She is a member of Forum Für Schmuck und Design, Cologne, Germany. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Bulgaria and in several European countries.

I think about my pieces the way I think about living things. Some of them have a skeleton and a skin, others have twigs and leaves. Some have similar building schemes, but none of them are identical. The process of making is like growing an organism. I use wax wires and elements to build a structure and to form a shape. My pieces emerge slowly and are sometimes intricate. They need a patient observer and time to be appreciated.