Kutueva is a Kyrgyz craft designer who is dedicated to teaching artisans about traditional
techniques and new designs. She was born in 1962 in the Batken region of the Kyrgyz
Republic. In 1983, she earned a degree in Applied Arts from the Kyrgyz State College in
Bishkek, and went on earn another degree in Graphic Arts from the Przhevalsk branch of the
Kyrgyz State Art University in 1991.
She managed the Applied Arts Department of both the Bishkek and Karakol
branches of the Republican Children Center for Aesthetic Education. She has also led
numerous training seminars on Kyrgyz craftsmanship over the years. Most recently, she led
a three-week design development workshop for the U.N. project "Poverty Alleviation"
(2001), a natural dye and design development workshop in Issyk-Kul oblast (2001) and the
"Craftsmanship as an Income Source" seminar in Osh (2002).
Gulmira has also participated in
many fine and applied art exhibitions in the Kyrgyz Republic, including the 10th
anniversary of Kyrgyz independence (2001), the International Felt Symposium (2001), and
solo exhibitions in Bishkek and Karakol (1999, 1998). The quality of her works has been
acknowledged by many state and charitable organizations. Her works can be found in private
collections in Canada, USA, and Germany.
29-19 Pervomaiski Street
Karakol, Issyk-Kul Oblast
felt, embroidery, 90x90 cm, 2001