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Category Archive: Miniature

Felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva

Mother cat with her kittens. Felted composition by Russian artist of applied art Irina Andreeva

Mother cat with her kittens. Felted composition by Russian artist of applied art Irina Andreeva

They are not toys, not souvenirs and not even interior decoration items, this is felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva, Russian artist of applied art. All that is shown below, made ​​of simple material suitable for creativity – felt. Irina has created the whole gallery of cows, butterflies, pieces of furniture, dolls, and finally, the whole composition of felt. Talented craftswoman Irina Andreeva graduated from graphic arts department of the Pedagogical University in the city of Izhevsk, Russia. Recently, along with her husband and young son she has moved to Moscow and became at once a participant of art festivals. Her art works made her the winner of the International Festival of the author textile dolls “Eve’s Rib”.
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Antique buttons art

Button 'Cat trying to catch a lizard'. copper

Button ‘Cat trying to catch a lizard’. copper

Antique buttons art. Button for a long time served as a decorative ornament. Buttons were made ​​from precious metals, coral, amber, pearls. The shape, size, decoration and number of buttons on clothing informed about a person’s wealth and social status. Some garments were often more than a hundred buttons. Fur coat might be cheaper than the existing buttons on it. Historically, fashions in buttons have also reflected trends in applied aesthetics and the applied visual arts, with button-makers using techniques from jewellery making, ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, metalworking, weaving and others.
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Antique gem carving art

Antique gem carving art

Cameo, 12th century; frame – the end of the 16th century. Agate, gold, pearls, precious stones

Antique gem carving art is known as Glyptics, and it is the art of carving on multicoloured or precious stones. Glyptic works are called engraved gems. The activity is called gem carving, and the artists – gem-cutters. References to antique gems, and intaglios in a jewellery context, will almost always mean carved gems. Gems with embedded images (intaglio), and with bas-relief images of convex (cameo) are distinguished. They were born of the classical art of antiquity, an art which poeticized and proclaimed as aesthetically pleasing all that was best and most worthy in the ideal of harmonious and perfect man. A craftsman could spend months and even years on the creation of a single cameo. E. Babelon, the French scholar of the early twentieth century and one of the most eminent connoisseurs of glyptics, remarked that it took as long to make a large cameo as to build a whole cathedral.
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Porcelain animals by Jennifer Robinson

Porcelain animals by British ceramic artist Jennifer Robinson

Porcelain animals by British ceramic artist Jennifer Robinson

Porcelain animals by Jennifer Robinson
British ceramic artist Jennifer Robinson was born in England in 1955. She spent most of her childhood in the north east of England, on the North Yorkshire coast. Her mother was interested in plants and amphibians. Her father was a geology lecturer, with a passion for fossils. This background helped her to develop her interest in nature and in art. As a child she enjoyed modelling animals in plasticine. Jennifer has been a professional potter since 1979, then started specializing in hand modeled animals. Jennifer’s animals are either humorist or full of tenderness, or both.
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Cake artist Inna Bu

Russian self-taught pastry cake artist Inna Bu

Russian self-taught pastry cake artist Inna Bu

Cake artist Inna Bu
Self-taught artist Inna Bu is a cameraman, photographer and video engineer – all in one. Her job, in particular, is to create a high quality memory of a holiday, a wedding or a birthday party. And she copes with this task very well, creating beautiful and interesting DVD films and HD photo-books of different formats on any topic. That’s her job. Besides, Inna Bu has 10 years of experience of working on TV.
However, the most precious in her life are her two children and family. In addition, she enjoys writing poetry, embroidery, beaded icons, and carving. Meanwhile, she has reached perfection in creating cakes. Inna generously shares her secrets and recipes on her webpage, and she literally swims in the sea of admiration from her subscribers and viewers. Undoubtedly, her cakes is a kind of food art.
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Realistic Miniature Animal Sculptures by Reve

Realistic Miniature Animal Sculptures by Reve

One-of-a-kind Tiger Cub. Hand-made miniature sculpture by Reve, American self-taught artist

Realistic Miniature Animal Sculptures by Reve
American self-taught artist sculptor, working under the pseudonym ‘Reve’, has created a large gallery of one of a kind miniature animals from polymer clay. The additional material the amateur artist uses – textile, mohair, natural fibers (yarn), with a touch of and hand painted details. These incredibly realistic miniature animals show an inimitable combination of expression, coloring and coat pattern, with its own characteristics and personality. Besides, each sculpture is unique and its price on eBay is approximately $ 100.
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Count Blue Animal Cling Rings

Count Blue Animal Cling Rings Jiro Miura

A bear, a tiger and a pig rings. Work by Japanese self-taught artist and designer Jiro Miura – Count Blue Animal Cling Rings

Count Blue Animal Cling Rings
Made by Japanese self-taught artist Jiro Miura cling rings are, in fact, miniature sculptures of animals. Japanese designer and artist of applied art Jiro Miura has created a stunning gallery of pieces of jewelry. These cling rings are made in the form of various animals. The artist couldn’t even imagine these animal rings and earrings would become so popular that he would have to create his own brand name – ‘Count Blue’, under which he works now. The price for such artful pieces of jewelry is quite affordable ranging from $15 to $200 for one ring.
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