Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Tatyana Levchenkova porcelain ceramic art

Tatyana Levchenkova porcelain ceramic art. Dream white porcelain wall decoration, detail

Dream white porcelain wall decoration, detail. Tatyana Levchenkova porcelain ceramic art

Tatyana Levchenkova porcelain ceramic art
Perm based artist Tatyana Levchenkova is the author of handmade interior ceramics, created in a single copy. Her artworks, in particular, include sculpture, plates, vases, dolls, jewelry and wall decorations. Each item in her collection is a unique piece of art, a collector’s item, and an excellent gift for a birthday, holiday or special occasion.
Having graduated from the Academy of Ceramics, she studied fashion modeling and interior design. Constant participation in applied art exhibitions inspires her to improve her skills and create new works. According to Tatyana, her motto is “Inspired by the Beautiful, create the Beautiful”.
Traditionally, Tatyana works with eco friendly and safe materials. And the special inspiration for her ballerina dolls became real ballet dancers. In addition to exclusive dishes and interior ceramics, she has created a collection of porcelain floristic products – plates, panels, table and floral wall decorations.
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Tatiana Ponomarenko garden sculpture

Tatiana Ponomarenko garden sculpture

Alkonost – a woman-headed mythological bird ceramic figurine for home interior or garden, weather resistant. 20 cm. Tatiana Ponomarenko garden sculpture

Tatiana Ponomarenko garden sculpture

A gifted multimedia artist, Tatiana Ponomarenko has created an extensive gallery of artworks. Among them, in particular, are book illustrations, paintings, plasticine models, bronze and ceramic sculptures and figurines. Moscow based artist, illustrator, and sculptor, Tatiana Ponomarenko is a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia.

Featured here ceramic and chamotte sculptures can decorate any garden or home interior, and make it a special place. Made in a single copy, every work is a unique work of art. Noteworthy, many sculptures reflect the artist’s interest in Slavic mythology and Russian folklore. According to the artist, nature is the main inspiration for her art, and lately she has become interested in the neo-pagan theme.
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Irina Vladi realistic leather flowers

Irina Vladi realistic leather flowers

Yellow mimosa brooch hairpin. Leather, wool. 14 cm. Irina Vladi realistic leather flowers

Irina Vladi realistic leather flowers

Each flower handcrafted by Irina Vladi is a unique piece of wearable art, and a great statement piece for any outfit. According to the artist, she puts all her love and care into every flower. Accurate and lovely details, gifted hands and graduated colors make each flower so realistic.
According to Irina, she has always loved to knit, sew and embroider. For almost 8 years she has been creating jewelry – brooches, hairpins, headbands, necklaces and bracelets made of suede, silk, leather, and natural stones. Over the years, she has created a huge amount of jewelry, which are in private collections around the world.
Noteworthy, Irina often conducts workshops for those who want to make their first flower. Thus, she helps those who are constantly looking for new ways and ideas for their creativity and development of their own business.
Rostov-on-Don based artist of applied art, Irina is the co-author of several books on applied art. Besides, she is the author of her book “Graceful flowers made of leather and suede”, published in 2015.
The main inspiration for her is nature, as well as painting, music and her customers.
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Elena Safronova Jazzbijoux wirework art

Elena Safronova Jazzbijoux wirework art

Lilu brooch pendant, from Doll game collection. Copper, bronze, filigree, carnelian, apatite, quartz. 7.5 cm. Elena Safronova Jazzbijoux wirework art

Elena Safronova Jazzbijoux wirework art
Moscow based jewelry designer Elena Safronova grew up in a jeweler’s family and enjoyed creativity since childhood. Most of all she liked drawing and designing costumes and jewelry for her dolls. The girl’s father instilled in her a love for jewelry and taught her the techniques of working with metal. Also, he taught the girl to understand stones, metals, and to see beautiful lines and shapes. Elena’s parents introduced her to various types of arts and crafts visiting exhibitions and museums. Thus, the question of choosing a future profession for Elena was obvious.
Enrolling in the Academic School of Design, Elena studied interior design and decor. It was a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the classical principles of composition and color.
A multimedia artist, Elena has been working in wirewrap technique for the last 10 years. “This technique makes it possible to embody almost any idea in metal. In particular, to create volumetric forms and complex compositions. Besides, weaving goes well with both classic jewelry techniques and modern technologies”.

Creating brooches, pendants, rings and necklaces, Elena works with silver, copper, brass, and nickel silver. Meanwhile, a special love and inspiration of the designer is her collection of stones.
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Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

Clover egg – the last work made by the brilliant jeweler in 1903. Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin (1860-1903)

Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

The future jeweler of the Faberge firm, Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin was born in 1860 into a peasant family living in the Olonets province. In 1878-1879, after the death of his father, he left for St. Petersburg, where he entered the apprenticeship of the jeweler Vladimir Finnikov, one of the leading masters of the time. In 1884, Perkhin married 16-year-old Tatyana Vladimirovna Finnikova, the daughter of his teacher. Having received the title of master in 1886, Perkhin, accordingly, received the right to a personal brand “М. П.” (Mikhail Perkhin).

Two years later, Carl Faberge invited Perkhin to work in his jewelry firm. In addition, Faberge helped Perkhin open his own jewelry workshop in 1888. It was in this workshop that Perkhin worked for the next 15 years, being the chief master jeweler of the Faberge house.
The Faberge firm provided Perkhin’s workshop with orders, sketches, precious metals and stones, and sold finished jewelry.
Noteworthy that, Henrik Wigström, who later became one of the leading jewelers of Carl Faberge’s firm, began his career as an assistant to Mikhail Perkhin.
According to documents, by the end of the 1890s, more than 50 people worked in Perkhin’s workshop.
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Winter joys in Yulia Luchkina paintings

Winter joys in Yulia Luchkina paintings

A conversation with a magpie. Winter joys in Yulia Luchkina paintings

Winter joys in Yulia Luchkina paintings
Born in 1980, Yulia Luchkina grew up in a family of professional artists. It would seem that the question of choosing a profession was a foregone conclusion. However, Julia tried to find her way in completely different areas, entering institutes and dropping out of them. According to the artist, she tried to become a dentist, lawyer, translator, and manager.
Finally, she graduated from the Academy of Marketing and Social-Information Technologies and the Fine Art Department of the Kuban State University.
Noteworthy, she never stopped drawing, just for fun. As Julia admits, she always did only what was interesting to her. However, creativity won over everything else, because it is the strongest positive emotion. She seems to have found her place, loves what she does, and this brings her success.
Today, Julia is a Member of the Union of Artists of Russia and the International Creative Union of Artists of Russia (IFA).
Many-awarded artist, Luchkina has been a permanent participant of regional and national art exhibitions since 1999. The artworks of multimedia artist Yulia Luchkina decorate many museums and galleries in Russia. In particular, Art Museums in Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, Novorossiysk and Novosibirsk.
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Georgian artist Varla Felix Varlamishvili

Georgian artist Varla Felix Varlamishvili (1903 - 1986)

Haymaking in July. Painting by Georgian artist Varla Felix Varlamishvili (1903 – 1986)

Georgian artist Varla Felix Varlamishvili (1903 – 1986)

Born in Kutaisi (Imereti) in the family of a financier, Felix Varlamishvili graduated from the Tiflis Art Academy. His teachers were Gigo Gabashvili, Yakob Nikoladze, Oscar Shmerling, Boris Vogel, and Joseph Charlemagne. At the age of 25, Varlamishvili moved to Paris and settled in Montparnasse. Having emigrated to France, Varla forever preserved the Georgian spirit, emphasizing that he painted all his paintings with love for Georgia.
Throughout his creative life, the painter actively exhibited his art in galleries and salons in France, Argentina, Belgium, Japan, the USA and Iran. However, real fame, as often happens, came to the artist after his death, and his paintings are constantly growing in price.
Felix Varlamishvili died in Paris and was buried in a cemetery in the Georgian estate Leville on the outskirts of the French capital.
In January 2019, a personal exhibition of his works, presented mainly from private collections, was held in Tbilisi for almost a month. Also, the museum has 10 paintings that his Danish wife, the artist Zira Binder, donated to the museum according to the artist’s will in 1987.
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