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Ubrus Gold embroidery workshop

Ubrus Gold embroidery

Saint Trinity. Embroidery art by Ubrus Gold embroidery workshop

Ubrus Gold embroidery workshop
The origins of this art form, mentioned in the Bible and in Greek mythology, are lost. Textile scholar Lanto Synge posits that it probably originated in China, and documents early surviving fragments that are estimated as being 4,500 years old. Throughout the history of embroidery, religious institutions have been among its greatest patrons. In Russia, goldwork embroidery received the greatest development in the second half XVIII – first half XIX centuries. Then Torzhok masters embroidered hats, muslin sleeves, aprons, belts, morocco shoes, purses, folk costume parts and ecclesiastical objects. In summer 1999, students of the School of Church and gold embroidery embroidered the Ayor (covering in the orthodox church, rectangular in shape) for Optina monastery in St. Petersburg. This date can be considered the beginning of the Ubrus Gold embroidery workshop.
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Delicate papercut art by Parth Kothekar

Papercut Silhouette

Silhouette. Papercut art by Parth Kothekar

Papercut art by Parth Kothekar

According to the talented Indian artist Parth Kothekar, silhouette has always fascinated him. He has been doing paper cut artworks for several years, and has achieved great skill in this delicate art. Elegant lace work of the Indian artist – cutting out of paper looks more like illustrations and sketches traced with a pencil. The technique in which Parth Kothekar works is traditional – his intricate Papercut artworks are all sketched and hand carved individually from a single sheet of paper using a pencil and papercut knife. It is known, that the artist lives and works in the city of Ahmedabad, India. Besides, he sells his papercut artworks on Etsy.
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Pencil drawing by Ekaterina Putyatina

Pencil portrait, drawn on a photo. It took the artist 3 days to draw it

Portrait on a photo. Pencil drawing by Ekaterina Putyatina

Pencil drawing by Ekaterina Putyatina
The talented young artist from the Ukrainian city of Berdyansk (Zaporozhie region) Ekaterina Putyatina (born 5 February, 1991) draws beautiful realistic portraits, and still lifes with ordinary colored pencils. Ekaterina – a freelance artist and works on commission, that is, she gets orders in her group on social site vkontakte. Besides, she enjoys a lot of enthusiastic comments from her admirers, which she receives every time they see a new art work. Indeed, there is hardly anyone who would not like her realistic pencil portraits beautifully drawn by Ekaterina. According to the artist, some of her drawings take several hours, but some drawings can take several days.
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Engraved glass and metal sculpture by Dalibor Nesnidal

Chameleon

Chameleon. Engraved glass and metal sculpture by Dalibor Nesnidal

Engraved glass and metal sculpture by Dalibor Nesnidal

Dalibor Nesnidal sculpture, in fact, is wonderful surreal stories told in glass engraving, metal and wood. Czech glass artist, sculptor, painter, illustrator and musician Dalibor Nesnidal is a very versatile and creative person. The gallery of his art works include glass sculptures and wooden objects, pictures, drawings, illustrations, and bookbinding. In the period from 1969 to 1973 he was educated at the Artistic Production in Prague, majoring in artistic blacksmithing. In 1981 he began working with glass in the glass company “Moser”. The same year appeared his first glass works. From 1990 to 2009, the artist worked with Milan Mottl glass works in Karlovy Vary. Dalibor Nesnidal currently lives and works in a small village. Surrounded by nature, he often uses in his work wood, stone and bone. He paints, illustrates books and magazines, and even published his Author’s books – in 2010 – “Four Masters”, and in 2015 “Tales from the region under the regents”. From 1993 to this day Dalibor has participated in numerous personal exhibitions in his home country and abroad.
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Marta Wasilczyk Ceramic angels

Ceramic Trinity

Ceramic Trinity. Marta Wasilczyk Ceramic angels

Marta Wasilczyk Ceramic angels
Talented ceramic artist Marta Wasilczyk has created a series of beautiful sculptures of angels, which can serve as a perfect interior or landscape decoration. The angels are made as if from lace, and each of them is unique, handmade, and can’t be repeated. Polish ceramic and pottery sculptor Marta Wasilczyk graduated from the Department of Art History of University of Culture in Lublin, Poland. Since 1994 she has worked in her own Studio of Ceramic Art. Marta annually participates in solo and group national and international exhibitions of ceramic Pottery and sculptures, various art competitions. She was a winner of a nationwide exhibition “Pottery and ceramic sculptures 98”. Martha was given the first prize in several exhibitions of Fine Art and Handicraft Art, which took place in her native Poland (2009, 2011, 2014).
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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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Wind instrument Ocarina ethnic art

Ocarina ethnic art

‘The worlds of man’. ‘Shamans people’ Workshop, Barnaul, Altai Krai, Russia. Ocarina ethnic art

Ocarina ethnic art
This ethnic wind instrument has juicy and magical sound. It entered the folk music of the world – from the ancient Indian tribes of South America to the Siberian tribes of ancient Russia. The earliest ocarina was made of clay in the form of small animals. People used to wear it around their neck, like jewelry decoration. They thought that playing the ocarina drives away evil spirits. Besides, people used it as a home decor, for protecting the house from the negative. Ocarina, an ancient wind musical instrument could also look like an egg-shaped vessel – flute. According to some sources, some Italian Giuseppe Donati invented ocarina in the 1860s. It was with two thumb- and eight finger-holes, and a duct mouthpiece extending to one side. Ocarina can be made in ceramic or porcelain. Ocarina can be a toy, as well as a serious musical instrument made in different sizes. And sometimes ocarina has a tuning-plunger. By the way, ocarina bands were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the USA. And ocarina there has one more name “sweet potato”.
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