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Category Archive: Applied Art

Beautiful Straw art by Irina Porosova

Aquilegia. Straw art by Irina Porosova

Aquilegia. Beautiful Straw art by Irina Porosova

Straw art by Irina Porosova
For many of us, straw seems quite unnecessary material and even rubbish. Meanwhile, people anciently used this ‘garbage’ for household purposes. In particular, with straw they covered the roof, added to the clay and built houses. Also, fed cattle in winter, filled pillows and mattresses. And, most importantly, created stunningly interesting things, and even pieces of art. For example, the same as Russian artist of applied art Irina Porosova, working in her art shop called Fairy-tale. Self-taught artist, she creates fabulous paintings of usual straw. According to her, straw has become her real long-time passion. Parosova lives in the city of Syzran of Samara region.
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Chinese straw art

Chinese straw art. Straw portrait of Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary and politician

Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary and politician. Chinese straw art

Chinese straw art
Traditionally, the straw art has been popular in East Asia, where the inhabitants cultivated a variety of cereals. And the attitude to rice grain was similar to European’s to wheat. In fact, the attitude was due to the belief in the divine power of grains and, in particular, straw. According to supported in China, Korea and Japan belief, straw symbolizes purity, glory, the sun’s energy, knowledge, abundance, happiness and fertility. Besides, in the myths rice is a gift of the gods.
Also, in China, the rice grains have been a symbol of protection from evil spirits. Noteworthy, in Bali there is the cult of the Mother of Rice – a figure of which were long (masculine) and short (feminine) sheaves of rice straw. It is an expression of faith of the peoples of Southeast Asia that stalks of rice, like humans, contain vital energy.
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Dreams Of Stone pendants

Birth. Handmade pendant by Russian artist of applied art Dreams Of Stone

Birth. Dreams Of Stone pendants, Handmade pendant by Russian artist of applied art Dreams Of Stone

Dreams Of Stone pendants
Moscow based artist of applied art Nina works under a nickname ‘Dreams Of Stone’. The mixed media artist creates artworks made in different techniques and material – Batik, Beading, Felting, plastic, wicker, painting, and photography. Unfortunately, there is no personal information about the artist on her website, and all I have found there – comments on Dreams Of Stone pendants from her admirers. So, as they say, her artwork speaks much about the artist herself.
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Batik artist Maria Kaminskaya

April. Batik artist Maria Kaminskaya

April. Beautiful art work by Batik artist Maria Kaminskaya

Batik artist Maria Kaminskaya
Born in 1983 in Rostov-on-Don, Maria Kaminskaya graduated from South-Russian State Technical University, with qualification of designer and Interpreter of the German language. In 2001, Maria participated in the exhibition “Young Artists of Don” in Rostov-on-Don, and received the diploma. According to the artist, she has been engaged in painting on silk since 2002.
Meanwhile, in 2006 Maria Kaminskaya moved to Moscow. And the next year, in December 2007, she had her first solo exhibition “Silk Road”.
Maria – member of the Creative Union of Professional Artists (since 2008). She took part in the jubilee exhibition of goods and handicraft in Monaco, as well as in the exhibition “Golden Globe 2008” in “Crocus Expo”, Moscow. The works are in private collections in the cities of Russia, as well as Kishinev, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Melbourne, Ottawa, Toronto, London, New York and others.
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Ceramic panels by Viktor Goryaev

Panel in the genre of fantasy. Ceramic panels by Viktor Goryaev

Indian warrior. Ceramic panel in the genre of fantasy. Artist Viktor Goryaev

Ceramic panels by Viktor Goryaev
A unique artist, creating masterpieces at the intersection of painting, sculpture and design, Viktor Goryaev lives in Krivoy Rog. Meanwhile, on his personal website, he is extremely laconic: no descriptions, titles, only works of art. The noble warriors and crafty creations, embodied in a fantastic plot, ready to go off the wall. And each panel – a real miracle of master’s imagination, mixing motifs of the Middle Ages, Gothic, Scandinavian and even oriental. You can literally spend hours watching his art. However, he prefers not to specify works, believing that it only limits the imagination of the audience. Agree, because everyone sees something different in any picture.
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Dmitry Tikhonenko Steampunk coffee machine

Dmitry Tikhonenko Steampunk coffee machine

Unique work by Dmitry Tikhonenko Steampunk coffee machine

Dmitry Tikhonenko Steampunk coffee machine
Another masterpiece from the copper master Dmitry Tikhonenko – Steampunk coffee machine. Metal artist Dmitry Tikhonenko continues to delight viewers with his new works.
In fact, Dmitry completely transformed the home technology with his hands. In particular, refrigerator, microwave, stove, TV set, mobile phone, and speakers. Meanwhile, the next project of Wizard, working with copper, has become the coffee machine. According to the artist, on the creation of this machine, he has spent two months. Also, he thinks that it is his best work. So do I.
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Metal junk sculptures by Andrey K

Birthday feast. Metal junk sculptures by Andrey K

Birthday feast. Metal junk sculptures by Andrey K

Metal junk sculpture by Andrey K is only a part of a large art collection created by him. Amazingly talented and creative artist Andrey K (b. 1972) lives in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the far East of Russia. He works as an electrician of communications. However, the soul of an artist finds a way out after work in his spare time. Meanwhile, Andrew K. is talented in everything he does – photography, sculpture, mosaic, and decorative work. Endowed by god artist sees inspiration in everything. And what happiness it is, when a person has a non-standard view of the world. Undoubtedly, the gallery of his work is worthy of an art exhibition of high level, but Andrew does not even have a website to show his work to the world.
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