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Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Aviator. Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Stone Carving Art by Altai master Yury Shumov

Born in 1983 in the town of Berezovka, in 1998 Yury Shumov entered the Lyceum in Biysk, where he studied for four years, to become “Artist-Master of Decorative and Applied Art”. At the end of the lyceum in 2002 he entered the Biysk Pedagogical University the artistic and graphic department. In addition, the same year he got a job as an art teacher at the Major Secondary School in Charyshsky District. But the prospect of teaching and long studying at the university did not inspire him. The paper and routine work interfered with self-realization and development of his own creative potential.
So, in 2003 he moved to Kolyvan, to the stone-cutting plant, and worked there as a polisher of stone products. Six months later, he was engaged in bulk carving on the stone. And all this time he, along with his brothers, built a workshop in Berezovka, bought tools, manufactured machines, collected stones, and precious materials for work. By the autumn of 2008 the workshop was ready. The first success came in 2010, when they won the 1st place in Charyshsky and Solonshensky district among the participants of the exhibition in the nomination “Handicraft production”.
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Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya

Wonderful doll by Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya

Wonderful doll by Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya

Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya is a mystery. How to buy her doll, is for certain unknown. They say you need to wait for months… And this despite the fact that she regularly conducts master classes, and her book is partially available on the Internet. She is a sorceress with papier mache with impeccable taste. Her dolls are elegant and recognizable. And in one single image she can create a Tale.
Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya combines various materials, laces and beads. It gives the impression of a rich, exquisite costume that emphasizes the subtlety of the proportions of the body itself. The gamma of fabrics is usually almost monochrome or based on a combination of similar colors, creating a feeling of overflows, playing shades.
The characters of Lopusova-Tomskaya are fantasy creatures from other worlds, all sorts of elves, circus people, and sometimes – associative images. In their “communication” with the viewer these dolls are very delicate and benevolent, do not rush to “tell” about themselves, but are ready to “listen” to the interlocutor …. Just be extremely careful – you can not but get under the influence of her dolls!
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Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Isfandiyorxon Qabulxonasi, Xiva. Wall decor. Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art
Unique and diverse, Ganch carving is one of the unique and ancient arts of Uzbekistan. The art of ganch carving in Central Asia, and in particular Uzbekistan, represents a unique school in terms of artistic style and specific technical performance. As early as the beginning of the 20th century. On the originality of the art of carving in ganch, V.V. Stasov, wrote: “This is the purest Central Asia itself, which can not be compared with anything else from everything known in the world in terms of drawing and artistic forms.”
Indeed, ganch carving in the hands of a skillful master has become a work of art. Vegetable and geometric motifs prevailed in the ornamental structure of the art of carving on ganch. Perhaps, to this day, the Central Asian variety of gypsum – ganch would only serve as plaster for the walls and bonding material in the brickwork, if not the Uzbek masters creating ganch art since ancient times. As the Eastern wisdom says – it is not material that makes a thing priceless, but the skillful hands of a master.
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Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan

Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan. Angel with birds

Angel with birds. Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan

Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan
Armenian ceramic artist Aram Hunanyan has been working with clay for more than 20 years. He participates in numerous exhibitions, and his works are known not only in Armenia, but also in other countries.
The master has started to do his unusual daisy angels (as well as angels with other flowers) in 2011. The image of the angel appeared not at once, gradually, step by step. And now the angels made by Aram can be recognized immediately. These figures are 10 to 40 cm high, they are all distinguished by the disproportion of the head and body, but this gives them a special charm. These angels are a bit naive and thoughtful, kind and loving. Meanwhile, the angels remind me of icons, and the master has pure soul and spirit, and the space around him is harmonious – a beautiful, well-groomed workshop.
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Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Beautiful Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Beautiful bird. Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Talented artist-needlewoman Trish Burr lives in the capital of South Africa – Cape Town. The local nature is rich in flowers and birds, which was reflected in the works of Trish. Flower petals on her paintings seem to be fragile and weightless, and the birds wary and ready at any moment to fly away from the branch. This is three-dimensional embroidery, made in a special technique. The skillful embroiderer, whose level from simple needlewoman through hard work has reached the level of the Creator. Her flowers, birds and portraits look bulky as if alive. Works by Trish Burr are unique and recognizable, and they are always in high demand. Now it is mainly satin stitch, but she began to craft from cross-stitch, which her cousin was fond of.
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Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

A proud cockerel father with a chicken. Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

A proud cockerel father with a chicken. Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

It seems that so familiar to everyone Birch bark – what new can be created from it, if everything is already invented? But talented people don’t seize to amaze us. Let me introduce you to a new name in the World encyclopedia of masters – Vera Alexandrovna Leontieva. She discovered a new method of birch bark processing and patented it. This method is called – birch bark filigree.
As a child, Vera Alexandrovna was always interested in art. Therefore, in 1971 she entered the school of metal processing art in the village of Red-on-Volga, near Kostroma. In those days it was the center of the jewelry industry in Russia. So, according to her education, Vera Leontieva is not just an artist, she is a jeweler.
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Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art

Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art

Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art. Armenian national color of his warm creations, along with the chanting of family values captivate the viewer

Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art

A central role in his life and work of Tsolak belongs to the family. In particular, the Armenian family traditions, which play an important role in the preparation of his works. The subjects of his ceramic murals become a centuries-old national traditions, such as respect for elders, the strength of the marriage, the castle and the breadth of kinship, mutual help and hospitality.
In addition, different seasons dictate their creative style and activities. He prefers painting during the summer months, and doing ceramics during the winter months. Nevertheless, for the ceramics he has more passion than for painting. Besides, he believes that working with clay is more relaxing and meditative. In his works harmoniously combined various techniques and materials – ceramic figurine painting, using such elements as yarn or tapestry.
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