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Category Archive: Applied Art

Textile animals by Karen Nicol

Textile animals by Australian artist Karen Nicol

Textile animals by Australian artist Karen Nicol

Australian artist of applied art Karen Nicol was fascinated by the work with textile materials in early childhood, because her mother and sister were professional embroiderers. Surrounded by pieces of fabric and all kinds of accessories, the child used them for her play, not even noticing how the game turned into a lifelong passion. Today art career of Nicole has over 40 years of experience and many hundreds of textile products: dresses, accessories, from brooches to bags, textile flowers and decorative panels depicting stylized animals. Textile animals by Karen Nicol attract people at fairs and are gladly bought up in the galleries, as it is not a formal copy of the animal form, but creatively processed image.
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Batik by Yuko Nakata

Batik by Japanese artist Yuko Nakata

Batik by Japanese artist Yuko Nakata

Batik by Yuko Nakata. Batik – a technique of wax resist dyeing of fabric (silk, cotton, wool) is an ancient art form. Batik making tradition exists in many countries – China, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Philippines, but the batik of Indonesia made in the island of Java, is the most well-known. Indonesian batik has a long history of acculturation, influenced by a variety of cultures. It is the most developed in patterns, technique, and the quality. On October 2009, UNESCO recognized Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Japanese artist Yuko Nakata studied traditional drawing skills of batik in Indonesia (Bali), the birthplace of this form of art. Having mastered the art, she became the author of many books on batik, winner of numerous prizes and awards, and the instructor of Indonesian batik in Sapporo, Japan.
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Paper Portraits by Hiroki Suzuki

Bjork. Paper Portraits by Hiroki Suzuki

Bjork. Paper Portraits by Hiroki Suzuki

Paper Portraits by Hiroki Suzuki
Japanese freelance artist Hiroki Suzuki graduated from the Musashino Art University. The artist uses the simplest of all materials – colored paper as the basis of a photograph or drawing, or rather to say contoured image. Scissors cut paper into different details, which then are put on the base of paper. Sometimes instead of scissors parts of paper are torn with hands to reveal the texture and add emphasis to design. All this is not an easy handmade work.
Uniqueness of Hiroki’s copyright works is his art style. Secret is how to use colors. Hiroki made ​​a rule to use only four different colors on one picture. Only then the work gets the most harmonious, aesthetic and complete view. The author seeks to create an artwork that will affect the audience with her bright pop style.
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Glass artist Lyubov Savelieva

Sokolniki. Glass art by Lyubov Savelieva

Sokolniki park. Glass artist Lyubov Savelieva

Glass artist Lyubov Savelieva
Born in 1940 in Moscow, Lyubov Savelieva graduated from Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art (Stroganovskoe) in 1966. She began participating in regional, national, All-Union, solo and group international exhibitions in 1967. Depicted in a casually-naive manner, her flying images and fantasy stories are full of creative energy. Innovative combination of glass and copper in the works of Honored Artist of Russia distinguishes her from other glass artists.
In 1970 she became a member of the Union of Artists. Since 1969 she has taught artistic ceramics and glass art at University, and became a Professor. Also, she became a Member of the International Association of Art Glass in 1988. in 1990 she got International Award “Artist of the Year” after several exhibitions in the USA. The same year Lyubov Savelieva became the elected member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
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Realistic embroidery by Elza

A blue Jay. Embroidery by Elza, South Africa

A blue Jay. Embroidery by Elza, South Africa

My first glance when scrolling Facebook timeline made me think that it’s a beautiful photograph of a bird. This colorful bird is in fact a realistic stitch work by a self-taught artist of applied art Elza. Talented craftswoman Elza shares the images of her embroidery on Facebook page. Elza lives in Cape Town, South Africa, engaged in animalistic stitch. Realistic embroidery by Elza is not for sale, she is just enjoying her hobby. She has taught herself mostly from books an magazines and then applied that knowledge plus her own ideas to her embroidery.
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Willow weaving art

Bicycle. Willow weaving art by Vladimir Sudarkin

Bike. Willow weaving art by Vladimir Sudarkin

As a child, Vladimir Sudarkin had two passions: artistic gymnastics and crafts – cutting wood, knitting, modeling, etc. Somehow he got a book on Basket weaving. He went into the woods, cut willow ​​vines, chose sketch of lampshade and all night was creating it, trying to get a desired shape. All the things that Sudarkin makes, otherwise than a work of art can not be called. And like any artist, he never makes copies, all is exclusive. Even the baskets, from which he started, never repeat one another. But willow weaving is just a hobby for Sudarkin, he teaches gymnastics at school, and hopes that willow weaving art, existing in the world since the Neolithic period will not be forgotten.
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Glass art by Elena Nechayeva

Glass art by Elena Nechayeva

Glass sculpture of Guardian Angel. Artist of applied art Elena Nechayeva (closeup)

Stained glass artist Elena Nechayeva (Yamskova) was born February 26, 1973 in Krasnodar region, Russia. She still lives and works there in her home art studio. Elena Nechayeva started working with glass by accident – on the New Year’s eve, which she wanted to be special for her beloved sister. And she made ​​an angel … Now Elena is a mixed media artist, her creative collection includes handmade glass sculptures, decorations for Christmas tree, paintings, panno and plates, home furnishings, gifts, dolls, and glass jewelry.
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