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Alexandra Minati embroidered brooches

Alexandra Minati embroidered brooches

René Magritte lovers brooch. Felt, floss, Japanese toho beads, jewelry alloy. 5.6 cm. Alexandra Minati embroidered brooches

Alexandra Minati embroidered brooches
Living in the ancient Russian city of Yaroslavl, Alexandra Minati has been fond of vintage costume jewelry for many years. Historian by profession, she has always had a passion for jewelry and handicrafts. As for miniature brooches, it all began 5 years ago. First, she embroidered fox brooch, then some cute animals, and finally she realized that embroidery based on works of world painting was more interesting. Now Alexandra is working in this direction. According to Alexandra, stitch embroidery in one thread is similar to drawing, only with the help of a needle and a thread, and of course, the master gives free rein to her own imagination. Also, she uses her favorite vintage pieces, the so-called vintage “junk”, which she collected for many years, and this “junk” still carries a certain charm. In addition, such elements (chains, parts of clips and brooches) give her ideas for future embroidery. In particular, this René Magritte inspired brooch. Making brooches takes her from 8 to several tens of hours of work, depending on the complexity.
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Maria Knutova mythological jewelry art

Sirin 'Boyar' brooch. Silk of dar-blue color, decorated with embroidery, beads and sequins. Face - polymer clay, several layers of lacquer. Maria Knutova mythological jewelry art

Mythological bird Sirin brooch. Silk of dark-blue color, decorated with embroidery, beads and sequins. Face – polymer clay, several layers of lacquer. Maria Knutova mythological jewelry art

Maria Knutova mythological jewelry art
Moscow based jewelry designer and artist of applied art Maria Knutova (aka Marisha) creates fabulous decorations based on Russian folklore and mythology. In her gallery – stunning embroidered brooches depicting a beautiful woman with the body of a bird. In Slavic and in particular, Russian mythology, these are mythological birds Sirin, Gamayun, and Alkonost.
According to Maria Knutova, she is a miniaturist artist by education, and a sham decorator by profession. In general, an artist of applied art.
Noteworthy, each work created by Maria Knutova is unique and can’t be repeated exactly. However, the variations of each item are no less beautiful. To create her brooches the master uses high quality textile, beads, sequins, freshwater pearls and thread. Also, she uses polymer clay, lacquer, watercolors and pencils.
According to the artist, she works in various techniques – jewelry, dolls and toys, papier-mache, plastic, painting, and applique.
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A miracle on the palm – Olga Ponomareva Miniature brooches

A miracle on the palm - Olga Ponomareva Miniature brooches

‘The wind of change’ brooch of polymer clay. ‘Tomorrow the wind will change, Tomorrow the past is over. It will come, and will be a kind, affectionate Wind of change. A miracle on the palm – Olga Ponomareva Miniature brooches

A miracle on the palm – Olga Ponomareva Miniature brooches

Chelyabinsk based young and beautiful artist Olga Ponomareva has been engaged in creativity since her earliest childhood. Designer by education, Olga has many hobbies. However, most of her free time the artist devotes to polymer clay. According to the master, she works with this material for about three years, but learned about polymer clay by accident. “Interestingly, the possibilities of this material are endless!”. In fact, before started creating jewelry, Olga experimented a lot. At the moment, she basically makes very refined and lovely brooches. First of all, everything starts with a sketch, and then comes time for the embodiment of the idea. In addition, according to the artist herself, she likes to work through each tiny brooch in detail. “It’s amazing to see how each piece of jewelry gets its character and personality.” Undoubtedly, each piece of a talented artist, designer and jeweler Olga Ponomareva has become a truly miracle on the palm of her hand. By the way, that’s the name of her online workshop.
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Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand 'Mona Lisa' for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand Mona Lisa for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Miniature bronze sculptures made by Moscow based artist of applied art Pavel Zaitsev remind of the old days of palace intrigues and magnificent balls. The bronze figures are striking in their realism and artistic performance – whether it’s French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (1981 film “The Professional), or Mikhail Boyarsky as D’Artagnan. For more than 10 years Pavel Zaitsev has been engaged in manufacturing miniature bronze figurines as stands for wine glasses, vases, and glasses. During this time he has made more than a hundred of models. The combination of bronze and cut glass (crystal) looks extremely beautiful. Master combines crystal with other metals and hot casting. These are silver and nickel silver, brass, and even gold. Made in vintage style glasses associated with palace luxury – they are sought and aristocratic, worthy of the palace interior.
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Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature art

Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature art. Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, daughter of James I, 1605–1610

Queen of Bohemia, daughter of James I, Elizabeth. 1605–1610. Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature

Nicholas Hilliard portrait miniature art

Son of a citizen of Exeter, Hilliard founded the school of English miniature art, not only among courtiers ostentatiously vying with one another for the “Queen’s picture in little” at “forty, fifty or a hundred ducats apiece”, but among all who desired mementoes of their family or friends. Miniature painting went on at high level in England until the era of Cosway (Richard Cosway (1742 – 1821) – eminent English miniature painter, who portrayed all the beauty and fashion of his day) at the end of George III’s reign, and indeed it was only killed by photography. (G.M. Trevelyan. Illustrated English Social History)
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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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Five cats collectible coins

Five cats collectible coins

The first in a series dedicated to the most popular Latvian fairy tales – Five cats collectible coins

Five cats collectible coins
The Bank of Latvia issued a cute coin with fabulous cats. The design of the 5 euro coins was made by illustrator Anita Paegle. The collectible coin is based on the fairy tale of the Latvian author Albert Cronenberg “Five cats.” The tale tells about 5 cats named Murici, Nyuris, Intsis, Mintsis and Puntsis. This is the first coin of the “fairy-tale series”. How many types of coins will be produced, is not specified. The circulation of the issued coins – 10 thousand copies, and the cost of each reaches 39 euros in the Latvian banks. Those wishing to purchase for a “cat” coin of 925 silver weighing 31.47 grams and a diameter of 38.61 mm will have to pay € 39. Hardly anyone is going to use these coins as payment, they are mostly intended for collectors.
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