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Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Dance. Anna Pavlova. Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Outstanding ballerina Anna Pavlova. Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi
Landscape designer by education, Chilean artist Romussi has become known for his embroidered prints and collages. This series of thread art features vintage ballet dancers of the Ballets Russes, who were real stars of the time. In particular, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Alla Shelest, Tamara Karsavina, Olga Spessivtseva, Diana Gould, Susie Presley, and Diana Adams.
Inspired by vintage black & white photographs, Romussi uses them as the base for stitching colorful thread lines to the picture, thus giving the old costumes a new vision. Since 2011 the self-taught visual artist Romussi lives and works in Berlin.
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Myriam Dion paper lace curtains

Myriam Dion paper lace curtains

Stunning paper art by Canadian artist, Myriam Dion paper lace curtains

Myriam Dion paper lace curtains
Using such a prosaic material as the front pages of daily newspapers, Canadian paper artist Dion creates fabulous works of art. In particular, with the help of a sharp blade and imagination, she turns newspapers into the magic patterned fabrics. Miriam graduated from the Department of Fine Arts and Design, University of Quebec with MA in Visual and Media Arts in 2014. Working with old editions of the newspapers «Financial Times», «The International Herald Tribune» and «Le Devoir», she carves out intricate paper resembling antique lace patterns. Fastened in the web that can cover an entire wall, the newspapers are similar to samples of complex design textiles.
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Christine Kilger lamp art

Christine Kilger lamp art

Beautiful and unique, Christine Kilger lamp art

Christine Kilger lamp art
According to American designer Christine Kilger, she loves the process of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Using her natural creativity, strong artistic talent, and knowledge of antiques, Christine has created an art gallery of nightshades magically combining vintage materials, shimmering beads, and light.
Christine Kilger grew up in California, raised in an artist family, in a home full of antiques, and nostalgic old things. And it was natural for Christine to appreciate Antique arts and crafts of vintage things at a very young age.
Meanwhile, as a teenager Christine discovered lamp art design to be her true calling. As the artist herself says, “There is something about lamps that resonates with me, a strong sense of familiarity.” So, Christine Kilger started collecting vintage textile and making lampshades in 1984.
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Paper quilling art by Yulia Brodskaya

Gypsy. Paper quilling art by Yulia Brodskaya

Gypsy. Paper quilling art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper quilling art by Yulia Brodskaya

The talent of Russian born paper artist Yulia Brodskaya (1983), who now lives in London, is certainly much more in demand abroad than at home. Yulia engaged in several kinds of handmade art, but most of her time she devotes to creating unique three-dimensional paper illustrations. According to Julia, paper always held a special fascination for her. “I’ve tried many deferent methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it”, Brodskaya states. Yulia worked with many large companies, such as: Starbucks, Nokia, Godiva, Target, Sephora, New York Times magazine, and many others (more than 100 projects over the 5 years). Up until 2004 Yulia worked in Moscow, engaged in office design. After she had graduated from the University with the diploma in Graphics and Communication, she left the country.
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Japanese paper artist Akira Nagaya

Delicate paper cutting by Japanese artist Akira Nagaya

Peacock. Intricate paper cutting by Japanese artist Akira Nagaya

Japanese paper artist Akira Nagaya was born in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture on March 9, 1967. Fascinated by the “bamboo balance” work of sushi chef in 1988, he started creating his own pictures, cutting them out of thinnest paper. According to the artist, he didn’t get any art education, so he is a self-taught artist. Intricate paper cutting artworks by Nagaya drove attention of mass media. The artist’s works were featured in numerous local and national TV programs and magazines.
His paper masterpieces were called not less than a miracle, and got many awards, prizes at visual art contests, solo art exhibitions. In 2007, at 17th All Japan Art Contest he won Grand Prize at Painting Exhibition “Dragon”. In 2009 he became the winner at the International Art Exhibition for the third time. His works ‘Dragon in the Sky’ got the prize of the Royal Museum Japan. Nagaya had several solo exhibitions in 2011, 2012, 2013 in Tokyo, and New York art galleries.
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Victor Nunes Chocolate art

Victor Nunes Chocolate art

Painting on plate. Victor Nunes Chocolate art, Brazilian artist

Victor Nunes Chocolate art
Talented people can create incredible art just pouring hot chocolate on a plate. 65-year-old São Paulo based artist Victor Nunes has more than 40 years of experience as an advertiser and an art director. Food art is a kind of therapy for him, and every day he creates something. He doesn’t have any preference for materials, using coffee, chocolate, butter, cloths, fabric, any food to create create mini-masterpieces – faces, people and animals, sometimes combining pen and paper with household objects.
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Paper artist Maude White

Paper artist Maude White

An eagle. Work by American self-taught paper artist Maude White

Paper artist Maude White
American self-taught artist Maude White has created an art gallery of intricate fairy characters, birds, and animals. Maude came from a family of visual storytellers. Her mother and sister are both toy makers who influenced her. She enjoyed working with paper even in her childhood, attracted by the stark contrast between the black and white paper.
“With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story, just by letting the observer become present in the piece, by allowing him or her to look through it. I like that.”
Currently, the artist is working on an exhibition to be shown in Buffalo, NY in September.
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