Stanislav Zamyatin, MGSI, AVI
Stanislav was born in the city of Izhevsk in the eastern part of European Russia. When he was nine years old he moved to Ireland and has lived here ever since. He had the privilege of being raised by his Russian mother and American stepfather, who brought him up in a diverse cultural environment.
Travelling the world and visiting over 40 countries in four continents has only increased his cultural awareness. His interest in art and design led him to become a vexillophile (a person interested in flags). He began collecting flags and, while studying architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) at Bolton Street, Dublin, he developed an understanding of their geometric principles.
He learned that architecture and vexillology are very similar in that they both combine mathematics, aesthetics and vernacular traditions in their attempts at representing ideas. He decided to take this interest further and began to study flags in his free time. Since then he has lectured at the Bratacha 2013 festival – Ireland’s first-ever festival of flags and emblems – and played the role of Honorary Curator of the flag exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire.
He was appointed by the GSI Board to the newly created position of the Chief Executive Officer of Vexillology Ireland – a branch of the Genealogical Society of Ireland dealing specifically with the promotion of the study of the history, symbolism, and use of flags and emblems.
He is currently a student at Trinity College Dublin.