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Category Archive: Applied Art

Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Oak leaf brooch pendant. Leather, copper, labradorite. 8.2 cm. Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova
Born in Tiraspol, Moldova, into a family of artists and teachers, Anna Agapova knew from early childhood that, like her parents, she would be an artist. She loved to draw, sew doll clothes, make crowns, rings from foil, and pendants from sea shells.
After graduating from art school, Anna entered the Chisinau Art School named after Repin. Then she graduated from the Kishinev University, art and graphic department.
As a student, she met an artist who made leather bags and various household items in the national style. According to Anna, these things became the main inspiration for the creation of costume jewelry. Her earrings, brooches, necklaces and pendants were unique, and not at all the same as those sold in stores.
Realizing what great opportunities the skin hides, a variety of works appeared – caskets, vases, photo albums, bags, and paintings. Having fallen in love with this material in 1984, she has never stopped working with this technique.
Anna worked in a children’s art school in her native Tiraspol for many years, and became a member of the Union of Artists of Transnistria.
Since 1987, Anna has been constantly participating in various art exhibitions, among which there were 4 personal ones. Currently the artist lives and works in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
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Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings

Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings

Kites. Sea pebbles, rocks. 25 x 34 cm. Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings

Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings
Stavropol-based artist Anna creates paintings from sea pebbles on white cardboard. Creating pictures from stones in the style of “minimalism”, Anna conveys her view on such important topics as love, friendship, and family. There are also plots with a floral theme and the theme of animals. These pictures have a minimum of detail. And the fewer details in them, the deeper meaning is revealed to everyone who looks and sees. And who feels.
Traditionally, there are two options for the final design of her stone paintings. In particular, in a wooden frame, covered with acrylic paints using the “craquelure” technique and a double voluminous cardboard passe-partout. The second option includes a professional gray plastic baguette with glass and a voluminous double passe-partout.
Living in the southern city of Stavropol, on the seashore, Anna chooses stones for future paintings while walking. The process of creation is unusually exciting, and sorting through already washed stones gives her great pleasure. Just at this time, new ideas are born and inspiration comes.
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Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy

Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy

Stunning art composition with a cow and a bookshelf with books and various details made of clay, ceramic, wood, acrylic. Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy

Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy
St. Petersburg based self-taught artist Olga Zadushnova is specializing in ceramic author’s toys. For 35 years of her creative work, Olga has created a large gallery of ceramic toys under the general name “Pottery with a smile”. Indeed, it is impossible not to smile when looking at these funny cartoon animals.
Librarian by education, Olga Zadushnova graduated from the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture. According to Olga, she started modeling by accident. As a student, she worked as a courier at the Zoological Institute. It was there, in the taxidermy laboratory, where there was a lot of clay, that she began to make the first figurines from blue Cambrian clay. The laboratory staff who helped with the firing appreciated Olga’s talent. Noteworthy, among these employees was Olga’s future husband, who also sculpted from clay and helped her with firing.
The biggest motivation for creativity, improving skills and coming up with new ideas is her customers. “Personal orders increase the degree of responsibility”, and “what if they don’t like it” give impetus to new creative ideas.
Talented by nature, Olga is a wonderful positive person who loves animals, nature, her family, and people in general.
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Yulia Matsigor ceramic art

Yulia Matsigor ceramic art

Whimsical cat figurines. 16-18 cm. Clay, ceramics, firing, acrylics. Yulia Matsigor ceramic art

Yulia Matsigor ceramic art
Astrakhan based artist Yulia Matsigor has been creating unique ceramic products in her workshop “Matsiga Ceramic” for 8 years. These are ceramic fridge magnets, funny animal figurines, mugs, bells and souvenirs filled with the warmth of the master’s hands. Made by hand, each figurine has its own character, but they are all very kind and positive. Of course, each product is unique in its kind and exact repetition is impossible.
Although many know her only as a ceramist, however, painting is an integral part of her life. Before becoming a ceramics artist, Yulia studied painting at an art school for five years.
Julia’s works receive not only rave reviews from buyers and fans of her work, but also awards in various art exhibitions. According to Yulia, it is important for an artist to be developed in all spheres of art. “The level of skill depends on this, so you can’t limit yourself to one direction”.
Noteworthy, Yulia took up ceramics by accident, but she was so fascinated by it that she took courses, and her husband bought a special oven. It was in clay that she discovered many interesting things, and considers it a wonderful way of self-expression. “Working with clay teaches imaginative thinking, and my paintings have only improved from this.”
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Unikale Collectible Christmas balls

Unikale Collectible Christmas balls

Sirin collectible ball. Foam base, cotton with cashmere, silk, genuine leather, colored glass, toho beads, sequins, polymer clay, cold porcelain. 12 cm. Unikale Collectible Christmas balls

Unikale Collectible Christmas balls

Moscow based art studio “Unikale” (literally “unique”) creates decorative Christmas toys using Kinusaiga technique. For each ball they use applique from fabrics of different types and textures, as well as metallized genuine leather. Also, the craftsmen use cold porcelain painted with acrylics, as well as glass details made in lampwork technology. Hand embroidered with threads, cord, beads and sequins, each ball is a unique piece of art. Besides, each ball is packed in a wooden carved casket specially designed for it.
Noteworthy, the Unikale creative workshop brought together professional artists working in various fields, from architecture and monumental painting to stylistics and visage. The brand offers a thousand unique little things that are ready to brighten any home interior.
Unique artists receive hundreds of rave reviews for their art. “Textile balls are a real work of art! A huge painstaking and accurate work, and each decoration is thought out to the smallest detail – even the” scales “on the fish shimmer! Works worthy of serious collections!”
Undoubtedly, any item created by Unikale can be a perfect gift for those who appreciate handicraft and beauty.

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Realistic life-size toys by Alisa Kruglova

Realistic life-size toys by Alisa Kruglova

Toy Terrier. Materials – 100% wool, glass eyes, polymer clay. Size from chest to tail 26cm. (with paws 37cm), height to ear tip 22cm. Realistic life-size toys by Alisa Kruglova

Realistic life-size toys by Alisa Kruglova
Moscow based artist of applied art Alisa Kruglova is the creator of unusually realistic toys – copies of animals. According to Alisa, she loved and drew animals since childhood, and wanted to become a veterinarian. She graduated from medical school, but got carried away with creativity, making her first toy 10 years ago. Talented by nature, the self-taught master immediately succeeded. Everyone was in awe of her first toy, which motivated her to keep going.
At first, Alisa made toys of small sizes, and then she began to make life-size dogs. People often ask to make a copy of their pet from a photo.
Fans of Alisa’s creativity leave hundreds of rave reviews on her website. “A master with golden hands and a kind heart, who creates a wonderful mood. You amazingly captured the character of my dog ​​and very accurately conveyed the details of his appearance.” Customers thank Alisa for giving people a piece of happiness with her own hands. “We cannot change the world, but we can make others happy even a little bit”.
Undoubtedly, having a copy of our beloved pet is happiness.
A lover of animals, nature, music, and speed, Alice dreams of getting on a bike.
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Beautiful gourd carving art by Jane Mawson

Beautiful light fills the room with magical illumination. Gourd carving art by Jane Mawson

Walls literally come to life thanks to the desk lamp illuminating the room with its magical shadows and intricate speckles. Gourd carving art by Jane Mawson

Gourd carving art by Jane Mawson
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia based artist of applied art Jane Mawson graduated from Washington College in Chestertown Maryland. A third generation artist, Jane works mostly in interior design, home decor and sculpture art. Inspired by the Bauhaus tradition, her artworks include a whole gallery of beautiful hand carved gourd lamps.
Noteworthy, Jane successfully exhibited her art works in the Abington Art Center and Accent Gallery in Ocean City, New Jersey. Also, the book ‘Creating Gourd Lights’ by Susan Nonn (published in 2017) features some of Jane Mawson’s works.
According to Jane, she considers herself more artisan than artist, using old world manual skills. In particular, wood working and pyrography, carving and sculpting, thus blurring the line between craft and art. Jane sells her wonderful works through her Etsy shop “Unique Handcrafted Gourd Lights”. So, if you want a unique and magical design of your home, visit her Etsy shop (the link below the post).
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