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About Me

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“IT'S KIND OF FUN TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Walt Disney)

I worked as an engineer for years before turning to embroidery as a hobby. This hobby blossomed overtime into a career and today I am the creator of multiple unique pieces and embroidering for all kinds of people - including Royal Family (Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) and Pope Francis.

2015. Visit of the Pope Francis in Ecuador. "The world’s first Latin American Pope returned to his home continent on the 5th of July and was presented with a number of gifts at the first stop in Ecuador. In a meeting with the President, Rafael Correa, and archbishop of Quito, Fausto Trávez Trávez, the Pope was presented with three pieces of art - two embroidered portraits and a statue. The two portraits were created by painter Zhanna Plaksina". Publication in USA. 5 july. 2015 Univision.

2015. USA - 37th international annual competition Impressions Awards. "The realistic depiction and seamless interpretation of a portrait of the third President of the United States earned “Portrait of Thomas Jefferson” multiple honors in the 37th annual Impressions Awards. The entry, submitted by Zhanna Plaksina (Quito, Ecuador), not only earned first place in the Digitizing Artistry category and Grand Champion: Embroidery honors, but it also earned the title of overall Grand Champion. While “Portrait of Thomas Jefferson” garnered the latter distinction for scoring the highest combined number of points for toughness / job complexity, technical skill, visual impact, design placement and innovation, it was attention to detail and flawless execution that made the entry a standout, according to the Impressions Awards judges".

2014. Russia - 1th international competition "Best digitizer of Eastern Europe". My embroidered Icon "Sorrows of Quito" (catholic holy image of the Virgin) earned the title Champion.

Read more about my embroidery journey if you want to find out about how I achieve some of my amazing visual effects

Information about my art works are here:

Publications in USA:

Magazine "Stitches"

Magazine "Stitches"

Univision

Univision

Univision

Magazine "Impressions"

Magazine "Impressions"

Magazine "Impressions"

Publications in Australia:

Wilcom

Publications in Ecuador:

El Universo

El Universo

El Universo

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My Awards

2015. USA. Portrait "Thomas Jefferson" - title of overall Grand Champion.

“Portrait of Thomas Jefferson” earned multiple honors in the "37th annual Impressions Awards". My portrait not only earned first place in the Digitizing Artistry category and Grand Champion: Embroidery honors, but it also earned the title of overall Grand Champion.

2015 Medal from Pope Francis.

Two of my embroidered paintings became official gifts to the Pope Francis from Ecuador. Pope highly assessed my skill. He handed to me a medal in recognition of my talent.

2014 Russia. Embroidered icon "Sorrows of Quito" - title Champion.

1th international competition "Best digitizer of Eastern Europe". My embroidered Icon "Sorrows of Quito" (catholic image of the Virgin) earned the title Champion.

My Equipment

What equipment is helping to do unique portraits?

I create custom portraits via:

    Embroidery machine Happy, software "Wilcom" and other,

    German thread "Madeira".