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Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

A sprig of blossoming almond brooch. Brass, jewelry resin, copper, amethysts, sapphires, topazes, 18K gold. Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

Margarita Zimina Unique Jewelry Art

Living in the city of Istra, Moscow Region, Margarita Zimina is the author of unique jewelry. An architect by education, she graduated from the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture by Ilya Glazunov in Moscow. However, among the many areas of art, she found herself in the embodiment of jewelry design.
Traditionally, Margarita uses hard metal threads of gold, silver, brass, and copper to create jewelry. Innovative designer, she uses the author’s synthesis of jewelry resins, which have high aesthetic and durable characteristics. In addition, quite often, she uses magnificent hand-cut gems.
Noteworthy, the technology developed by her is the result of a huge intellectual work and many years of practical experiments. Also, the accumulated experience of other specialists in various fields and tests made it possible to achieve safety, reliability, and attractiveness of the design. Equally important is the reasonable cost of her work.
Each piece handcrafted by Margarita is a unique wearable art, and the exact repetition is impossible.
According to the designer, highly qualified art historians evaluate each of her creations, and only then she puts it up for public viewing. One-of-a-kind jewelry by Zimina can be bought online and in Time-Scope jewelry boutique in Moscow.
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Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Oak leaf brooch pendant. Leather, copper, labradorite. 8.2 cm. Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova

Designer leather jewelry by Anna Agapova
Born in Tiraspol, Moldova, into a family of artists and teachers, Anna Agapova knew from early childhood that, like her parents, she would be an artist. She loved to draw, sew doll clothes, make crowns, rings from foil, and pendants from sea shells.
After graduating from art school, Anna entered the Chisinau Art School named after Repin. Then she graduated from the Kishinev University, art and graphic department.
As a student, she met an artist who made leather bags and various household items in the national style. According to Anna, these things became the main inspiration for the creation of costume jewelry. Her earrings, brooches, necklaces and pendants were unique, and not at all the same as those sold in stores.
Realizing what great opportunities the skin hides, a variety of works appeared – caskets, vases, photo albums, bags, and paintings. Having fallen in love with this material in 1984, she has never stopped working with this technique.
Anna worked in a children’s art school in her native Tiraspol for many years, and became a member of the Union of Artists of Transnistria.
Since 1987, Anna has been constantly participating in various art exhibitions, among which there were 4 personal ones. Currently the artist lives and works in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
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Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings

Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings

Kites. Sea pebbles, rocks. 25 x 34 cm. Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings

Anna Potyavina Sea Pebble Paintings
Stavropol-based artist Anna creates paintings from sea pebbles on white cardboard. Creating pictures from stones in the style of “minimalism”, Anna conveys her view on such important topics as love, friendship, and family. There are also plots with a floral theme and the theme of animals. These pictures have a minimum of detail. And the fewer details in them, the deeper meaning is revealed to everyone who looks and sees. And who feels.
Traditionally, there are two options for the final design of her stone paintings. In particular, in a wooden frame, covered with acrylic paints using the “craquelure” technique and a double voluminous cardboard passe-partout. The second option includes a professional gray plastic baguette with glass and a voluminous double passe-partout.
Living in the southern city of Stavropol, on the seashore, Anna chooses stones for future paintings while walking. The process of creation is unusually exciting, and sorting through already washed stones gives her great pleasure. Just at this time, new ideas are born and inspiration comes.
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Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy

Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy

Stunning art composition with a cow and a bookshelf with books and various details made of clay, ceramic, wood, acrylic. Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy

Olga Zadushnova ceramic designer toy
St. Petersburg based self-taught artist Olga Zadushnova is specializing in ceramic author’s toys. For 35 years of her creative work, Olga has created a large gallery of ceramic toys under the general name “Pottery with a smile”. Indeed, it is impossible not to smile when looking at these funny cartoon animals.
Librarian by education, Olga Zadushnova graduated from the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture. According to Olga, she started modeling by accident. As a student, she worked as a courier at the Zoological Institute. It was there, in the taxidermy laboratory, where there was a lot of clay, that she began to make the first figurines from blue Cambrian clay. The laboratory staff who helped with the firing appreciated Olga’s talent. Noteworthy, among these employees was Olga’s future husband, who also sculpted from clay and helped her with firing.
The biggest motivation for creativity, improving skills and coming up with new ideas is her customers. “Personal orders increase the degree of responsibility”, and “what if they don’t like it” give impetus to new creative ideas.
Talented by nature, Olga is a wonderful positive person who loves animals, nature, her family, and people in general.
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Landscape painter Natalia Golovina

Landscape painter Natalia Golovina

Forest Snow Maiden. Oil paints, linen canvas. 18×24 cm. Work by Russian Landscape painter Natalia Golovina

Landscape painter Natalia Golovina
Born in 1984, Russian artist Natalia Golovina graduated from the Ryzan Art Lyceum in 1999, and the Ryazan art school named after Vagner (1999-2003). Since 1999 she has been a permanent participant of regional and national art exhibitions. Natalia is a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia. Her artworks are in private collections in Russia, China, France, Italy, Great Britain, Israel, the USA and other countries.
According to Natalia, her favorite genre is winter landscape. The motives of her works are familiar to everyone, and in every touch of the brush one can feel the delight of the world and love for nature, the joy of accepting this world as it is.
The artist, whom Natalia never ceases to admire, is Danish realist painter Peder Mørk Mønsted (10 December 1859 – 20 June 1941). The artist depicted snowy winter landscapes, still water and forests.
Unlike artists who are able to devote months and years to a painting, Natalia tries to paint in two, maximum three sessions. For this reason, the majority of the artist’s works are small in size.

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Yulia Matsigor ceramic art

Yulia Matsigor ceramic art

Whimsical cat figurines. 16-18 cm. Clay, ceramics, firing, acrylics. Yulia Matsigor ceramic art

Yulia Matsigor ceramic art
Astrakhan based artist Yulia Matsigor has been creating unique ceramic products in her workshop “Matsiga Ceramic” for 8 years. These are ceramic fridge magnets, funny animal figurines, mugs, bells and souvenirs filled with the warmth of the master’s hands. Made by hand, each figurine has its own character, but they are all very kind and positive. Of course, each product is unique in its kind and exact repetition is impossible.
Although many know her only as a ceramist, however, painting is an integral part of her life. Before becoming a ceramics artist, Yulia studied painting at an art school for five years.
Julia’s works receive not only rave reviews from buyers and fans of her work, but also awards in various art exhibitions. According to Yulia, it is important for an artist to be developed in all spheres of art. “The level of skill depends on this, so you can’t limit yourself to one direction”.
Noteworthy, Yulia took up ceramics by accident, but she was so fascinated by it that she took courses, and her husband bought a special oven. It was in clay that she discovered many interesting things, and considers it a wonderful way of self-expression. “Working with clay teaches imaginative thinking, and my paintings have only improved from this.”
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Fabulous painting by Konstantin Kansky

Fabulous painting by Konstantin Kansky

Fisherman. Author’s print on canvas or poster on paper from the original painting, canvas, paper, oil, 40x50cm. Fabulous painting by Konstantin Kansky

Fabulous painting by Konstantin Kansky
According to Krasnodar based artist Konstantin Kansky, his task as an artist is to do unusual and interesting things, to invent, and experiment. Painting for him is like adrenaline. “When I fuse colors, work with a palette knife, having little idea in advance what will come out and obey my instinct, experience, and strength of hand, then emotions and analytics always go along and help me stop in time”.
Kansky graduated from Krasnodar Art College in 1989. Since 1992 he has been participating in regional and national art exhibitions. Noteworthy, his works were purchased by the Krasnodar Art Museum and Sochi Art Institute named after Dmitry Zhilinsky. Also, his works are in private collections in Germany, Israel, USA, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Japan and other countries.
The artist states, that it is important for him to make the work interesting in the first place for himself. Coming up with unusual plots, experimenting with styles, shapes and colors, he counts on the interest of a grateful viewer, and the opinion of his colleagues. “Products can be very different. The main thing is harmony. If the viewer, having seen the painting, returns again and again, it means that harmony has taken place”.

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