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Category Archive: Applied Art

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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Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Crocuses. 2004. Amethyst, citrine, nephrite, chalcedony, metal. Work by Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev
Born 10 April 1954, Viktor Vasilyev is a talented Nizhny Tagil artist-stone cutter, master of stone cutting art, who works mainly in the genre of floristics. A former geologist, head of the Vasilyev Stone-cutting Workshop. Awarded the Order of Denisov-Uralsky.
According to the master, the world of stone is familiar to him since childhood, because Nizhny Tagil and its surroundings are a real natural treasure. Participation in the work of the club “Polyus”, classes in the geological club and art studio helped Victor understand the scientific and aesthetic value of minerals. And further study in the geological technical school and at the Geological Faculty of Perm University is quite natural.
Professional miner Vasiliev worked in mines and lovingly collected minerals. To discover and show the beauty of minerals, for example, variegated jasper, it was required to master the methods of its processing, which he later applied in the decorative composition “The island of Buyan” (1995)
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Mysterious felted creatures by Alexandra Petrova

Mysterious felted creatures by Alexandra Petrova

New winter, 2017. Figurine in a mixed technique. Materials – wool, wire, acrylic paints, chiffon, self-curing plastic, floss, embroidery. Mysterious felted creatures by Alexandra Petrova

Mysterious felted creatures by Alexandra Petrova
Russian artist Alexandra Petrova (pseudonym Voronikha) began to create felted creatures in the technique of dry felting since the spring of 2007. Petrova graduated with honors from St. Petersburg University of Technology and Design with a degree in Decorative and Applied Arts. The master lives in St. Petersburg, and, as she writes about herself, “I periodically disappear in the forests of the Pskov region.” It is in the forest that she draws inspiration from her mythological creatures. The names of these animals are no less mysterious than the design. For example, the Mistress of Mists, the Mistress of Summer Days, the Collector of pine needles, the Forest Evening, the New Winter, Summer Warden of Winter, etc. Her toys periodically participate in various exhibitions of applied art.
Along with the felted toys, she began to sculpt the creatures of self-hardening plastic (from the end of 2011). Made in a single copy, for each creature the artist used various additional materials – wire, glass, beads, plastic, etc.
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Lyla Mori spooky symbolic embroideries

little bat with onyxes for eyes, hanging off a branch growing quartz crystals, up against a starry night sky. Lyla Mori spooky symbolic embroideries

A cute little bat with onyxes for eyes, hanging off a branch growing quartz crystals, up against a starry night sky. Lyla Mori spooky symbolic embroideries

Lyla Mori spooky symbolic embroideries
According to the talented artist Lyla Mori (aka moonflesh), October is her favorite month. Born in October, this probably influences all her creativity and in particular, way of life. Undoubtedly, the gallery of stunning Gothic mini embroidery pieces is a truly work of art. Besides, her art is exquisite and inspirational, and behind each embroideried piece is an interesting story. For example, a stunning collection of embroideries with willow branches and urns titled “Sacred”, inspired by the gravestones in Salem’s Burying Point Cemetery.
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Gothic naive artist Pavel Nikolayev

An angel with a bird. Materials - Ceramic tiles, tile printing, wood, author's technique of sublimation printing. Handmade work by Gothic naive artist Pavel Nikolayev. Novorossiysk, Russia

An angel with a bird. Materials – Ceramic tiles, tile printing, wood, author’s technique of sublimation printing. Handmade work by Gothic naive artist Pavel Nikolayev. Novorossiysk, Russia

Gothic naive artist Pavel Nikolayev
Novorossiysk based artist Pavel Nikolayev has been painting since the age of five. According to the artist himself, he can’t imagine his life without paints, and generally, without art. Meanwhile, inspired by the work of old masters, he created his own style, resembling “gothic naive”. Although the artist experiments in different styles, yet his works in Gothic naive are something special. In particular, “An Angel with a Bird” – originally painted on wood, and then, by means of sublimation, the author made a print from it. Next, he transferred the image onto the ceramic tiles under the influence of high temperature and pressure. Such technique makes it possible to create bright and durable panel.
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