Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik scarf waxwings on the vine

Waxwings on the vine. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova, known as the Master Amarga – a professional artist, member of the Moscow Union of Artists. Yaroslava has become engaged in batik quite recently. Although her experience in painting on fabric has a couple of decades, but they were painting scenery and costumes for the theater and cinema. Few specifics, other materials and for other purposes – the screen, and, especially, the scene, that is much more conventional, and “clothes” can not be used in everyday life. But she wanted to move all this beauty into life.
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Guilin tree art

Guilin tree art. Green lizard crawling on a tree trunk

Guilin tree art – Green lizard crawling on a tree trunk

Guilin tree art
Chinese street art which has recently appeared in the city of Guilin, south China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, would be better called tree graffiti. On the trunks of local tress appeared realistic animals, which look like living creatures – crawling, climbing, and simply resting on the tree trunks and branches. Nature and animals have become the main inspiration for unknown street artists in the Chinese city of Guilin. Besides, each painting is a unique composition constructed in accordance with the form of trunks, with great sensitivity to their shape, texture, and growths. More than 20 trunks got their own animals, and strolling through the park you can find Lifelike tigers, zebras, lizards, giraffes, and so on. Some animals and insects painted of a larger size to be seen by passers-by.
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Kirsten Chursinoff embroidery art

Kirsten Chursinoff embroidery art

Red-chest bird. Kirsten Chursinoff embroidery art

Kirsten Chursinoff embroidery art
Canadian artist of applied art Kirsten Chursinoff loves to embroider. This type of needlework seems to her the most universal, the ability to attract a combination of hand and machine work. Kirsten is glad that ordinary materials such as yarn and fabric can create beautiful images of nature, which is the main inspiration for her. Kirsten’s embroidery is more like postcards with landscapes, plants, animals. The author emphasizes that she draws inspiration from the contemplation of nature. In addition, she spends a lot of time studying the different types of embroidery, looking for fresh ideas in books on art and photography. The mother of two children, Kirsten Chursinoff lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. The latest exhibition “Feathers and Wings” of her embroidered birds, butterflies and moths took place in New Westminster Public Library April 1-30, 2015.
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Atlanta Botanical Garden green sculpture

Atlanta Botanical Garden green sculpture

Awesome sculpture of a dog. Atlanta Botanical Garden green sculpture

Atlanta Botanical Garden green sculpture – one of the main local attractions. Founded in 1976, the garden covers an area of 12 hectares, being located in the central part of the city and neighbor of Piedmont Park. Visitors can not only admire the rich collection of plants, but also exhibitions that are held periodically. For example, in 2004 there was an exhibition of works of glass, which for eight months had been visited by 425,000 people. And in 2013 took place an impressive green sculpture exhibition «Imaginary Worlds».
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Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae

Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae

I miss you. Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae

Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae can’t leave anyone indifferent. Talented South Korean artist Hajin Bae (a.k.a. soulist-aurora) has changed a lot of jobs – copywriter, Ad Planner, public relations specialist, web designer, celebrity manager, before she began to sell her work at local art market in Korea. After some time, she became known as a local artist who had the opportunity to work for the magazine Seventeen – creating illustrations for the articles. Since then, Hajin Bae has collaborated with many publishing houses and magazines, advertising companies and record labels around the world. Hajin Bae graduated from Kaywon University of Art & Design in Korea.
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Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics

Baby wolf. Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics

Baby wolf. Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics

Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics
The main activity of the company “Ural House Masters” – creating highly artistic stone products in the technique of Florentine mosaic. In particular, boxes, icons, desk sets, clocks, candle holders, sculptures and paintings. According to sources, mosaic artists all over the world work in the technique, known as Florentine mosaic, for more than 400 years.
Thus, in 1580 in Florence, the Medici family founded the first workshop of mosaic artists who created the best examples of mosaic works. That caused imitation throughout Europe and in Russia. Finally, the Florentine mosaic technique was formed in the XVII century. The artists used natural stone patterns: layers, veins, dendritic (tree-like patterns), stains and strokes. This mosaic is called “shadow”. For Florentine mosaics, usually used hard stones: jasper, lapis lazuli, flint, porphyry and others. Well, today, Florentine mosaic has gone far ahead, and Russian mosaic artists from Ural House Masters achieved tremendous success in this work, unique and exclusive.
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Crochet portraits by Ekaterina Penzina

Crochet portraits by Ekaterina Penzina

Crochet portraits by Ekaterina Penzina

Crochet portraits by Ekaterina Penzina
Talented 26 year-old Russian graphic artist, animator and painter Ekaterina Penzina (aka Katika) is from Yaroslavl. She received her first artistic knowledge in Yaroslavl art school. Then followed three-year course of jewellery design in a college, and six years of studying in the Ural Academy of Architecture and Art. However, the idea to replace the brush and paints with a hook and yarn came during her pregnancy, when women tend to do something “warm” and cozy: knitting or sewing. The inner artist and female nature – this is where her technique was born. Besides, it was her mom who played the main role in the decision to begin this direction of textile art. From early childhood Ekaterina learned knitting and sewing from her mother. According to her, crochet painting, and portrait in particular, takes about a week to create it. And the main inspiration for her – famous personalities, human eye, exotic animals, and even epic images of cars. Since 2006 Ekaterina Penzina has exhibited her crochet masterpieces at the national and international exhibitions and in some art projects.
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