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Category Archive: Applied Art

Russian Enamel artist Larisa Novikova

Girl and Time

Girl and Time. Hot enamel, miniature panel. Art work by Moscow based enamel artist Larisa Novikova

Russian enamel artist Larisa Novikova was born in 1959 in Moscow. She graduated from Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry. The famous school, founded in 1825 by Baron Sergey Stroganov specializes on the applied and decorative art. Since 1990, Larisa worked at the Experimental creative and production complex “Vorontsovo” of the Union of Russian Artists, and was engaged in miniature on enamel. Larisa Novikova became the member of the Moscow Union of Artists in 1999. In addition, she is a participant of the international symposiums in Hungary, Rostov Veliky, and Mineralnye Vody. Her art works are in private collections in the country and abroad.
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Carpet Making ancient art

Carpet Making ancient art

The world’s most ancient pile carpet was found in the largest of the Pazyryk burial mounds, Altay mountains, Russia. The Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg. Carpet Making ancient art

Carpet Making ancient art
The earliest survived carpet relates to V century BC. Archaeologists discovered it in the famous Pazyryk mound in the Altai of Russia, and now it is in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg. Anyway, origin of the carpet is a matter of debate. Carpet makers were in Central and West Asia. It was possibly a funeral accessory and a masterpiece of Armenian workmanship. Pazyryk carpet concise ornament decorated with pronounced zoo and anthropomorphic elements (riders on horseback). In addition to serving as an ornament and element of interior, it is also the keeper of valuable information. Indeed, very often, the carpet can be read like a book. Besides, when stored properly, the carpets can serve more than one hundred and even a thousand years.
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Reborn monkey Chita Bindi

Reborn monkey Chita Bindi

Reborn monkey Chita Bindi. Work by Moscow based artist Ekaterina Samgina

Talented and creative doll artist Ekaterina Samgina lives in Moscow. According to her, she is fond of children, and her passion gave birth to creating reborn dolls. The dolls made by Ekaterina look so realistic, that some of her clients compare her work to the exquisite work of a jeweler. Although the master mainly manufactures dolls of new born babies, my attention attracted this adorable Reborn monkey Chita Bindi. Firstly, because the doll is incredibly realistic, and secondly the New 2016 – year of the Monkey. Making her dolls, Ekaterina Samgina uses the highest quality materials, carefully working out every detail. Her works can be seen at international exhibitions of dolls.
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Hyper realistic dolls by Alyona Abramova

Doll 'Russian Beauty' author's work, a single copy. Hand embroidery, Vintage. Hyper realistic dolls by Alyona Abramova

Doll ‘Russian Beauty’ author’s work, a single copy. Hand embroidery, Vintage. Hyper realistic dolls by Alyona Abramova

Hyper realistic dolls by Alyona Abramova
Alyona Abramova (nee Shachkova), an artist by profession and “for life.” She graduated from Kholuy art school named after NN Kharlamov in 2004. Before that, there was an attempt to get an education at the Russian Academy of tourism in Moscow. But the artist who has always lived in the soul of Alyona – led her in another direction. The fate threw her into Kholui – famous in Russia center of lacquer miniature. In the words of the artist herself, she fell in love with this little piece of Russia, who is still in awe of its silence and nature. This can be assessed only by city people! Nature and silence – the best teacher for the artist. No chromatics and composition do not go with it in comparison! And nothing teaches better than a close observation of the world. And the spark of God in the soul, intuition – a lot more than education and diplomas. Alyona always drew, and her artistic education is more likely to “tick” in the personal file. The artist – is not a job but a way of life. As her teacher of composition said, “God has given us our profession in a good mood and with his eyes closed.”
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Wonderful Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva

Blowing soap bubbles. Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva

Blowing soap bubbles. Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva

Felted toys by Natalia Fadeeva
Textile art, and creating felted toys in particular, have become a natural extension of the creative path that Natalia followed from early childhood to adult career. Russian artist of applied art Natalia Fadeeva is the author of these wonderful toys made of felt or mohair. The artist creates her works by hand, and each of them is presented in a single copy. All the little creatures have a special character, and even facial expressions. It seems that a cat is just about to jump off the shelf, or a mouse family sitting at the breakfast table are going to run away on their business. Natalia Fadeeva has been making stuffed animals for more than 15 years now. Started by her small toy making business has become a family business, in which involved other members of the family – her husband and son. Natalia Fadeeva sells her works worldwide. In addition to textile art, she is fond of creating video games, photography, and painting.
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Mei & Zora Tranquility Art

Mei & Zora Tranquility Art

The Story and the stone. Mei Xiaohua & Zora Yin. Cloth, cotton, paper, yarn, wire, beads, paint, sewn, needle sculpted. Mei & Zora Tranquility Art

Mei & Zora Tranquility Art
Currently, in the Chinese city of Zhuhai, live Mom and daughter Mei Xiaohua and Zora Yin, who work in a creative duo. They make little unique sculptures integrating their own unique style and developing a variety of traditional Chinese-handicrafts. Mei Xiaohua and Zora Yin work in different techniques – sculpture, knitting, embroidery, and use various materials – from wire to yarn. Combining traditional Chinese crafts and fine art, they have discovered a new world of soft sculptures, forming their own unique style. Their art conveys the special atmosphere of Tranquility, giving people food for thought, based on Philosophy of life and death.
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Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Unique Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Tsekunovka filigree wood art

According to the existing in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra of Moscow State literature, the Reverend Ambrose of Trinity was a carver who worked in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in the XV century. He decorated with wood chips salary of icons and these icons still decorate the Zagorsk Art Museum-Reserve.
Meanwhile, such unique filigree wood art impressed and influenced another talented artist – Vladimir Tsekunov (19 July, 1951 – 01 April, 2008).
The desire to master this fabulous technique, and to bring it back to life made him literally sleepless. And in 1990 this dream came true. Vladimir Tsekunov opened his own workshop, where he started working enthusiastically, and at the same time, shared his knowledge with his students. Unfortunately, in spring 2008, Vladimir Tsekunov died. However, the master passed the unique technology to his students. So, his disciples continue to create highly artistic works, which today adorn galleries, exhibition halls, museums, private collections and official offices of prominent statesmen, political and religious leaders of the world.
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