Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Ribbon embroidery by Olesya Kruchinskaya

Ribbon embroidery by Olesya Kruchinskaya

Red poppies. Ribbon embroidery by Olesya Kruchinskaya

Ribbon embroidery by Olesya Kruchinskaya
One of the most interesting and original types of needlework is ribbon embroidery. However, some craftswomen are hesitant to take up this technique, considering that it is difficult. In fact, despite a wide variety of techniques and stitches, this kind of embroidery is quite simple and accessible. Luxurious needlework, ribbon embroidery can range from fine, detailed work to bold, vivid, and abundant. The motifs featured in silk ribbon embroidery are almost always floral.
These Satin ribbon embroidery pieces – hand made artworks by Kruchinskaya, craftswoman from Yekaterinburg, Russia. Born October 10, 1972, Olesya Kruchinskaya is an architect and interior designer. She studied Art History and Restoration at Architecture University.
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Paper artist Helen Musselwhite

Capricorn. Happinez Magazine, The Netherlands. From the series of 12 illustrations of monthly horoscope page

Capricorn. Happinez Magazine, The Netherlands. From the series of 12 illustrations of monthly horoscope page. Paper artist Helen Musselwhite

Paper artist Helen Musselwhite works in her home studio, creating fabulous paper art with an ordinary set of tools. In particular, a table, reference books, lots of discarded scalpel blades and drawers full of paper. The result is impressive. According to Helen, she loves working with paper so much that she can get totally lost in what she is doing. And the time passes for her without noticing. She thinks that paper is a good medium. “As you can make it – as good as your own creativity, and that’s a fantastic challenge”. Her pieces usually start with some quick thumbnail sketch. She enlarges this and works from it. Helen Musselwhite loves to work on large-scale projects for brands and small commissions for private clients.
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Singaporean gemstone painting

Singaporean gemstone painting

Stunning alley. Singaporean gemstone painting

Singaporean gemstone painting
Undoubtedly, these beautiful three-dimensional paintings can decorate any interior. Noteworthy, individually handcrafted, each creation is not the same, and it is unique.
Meanwhile, some city tours in Singapore include a visit to the famous factory of processing semi-precious and precious stones. Among these tours, in particular, Asia Museum shop. In fact, it is an art gallery of hand made of stone paintings. Besides, they are three-dimensional, and absolutely amazing. Alongside with gemstone paintings, they exhibit vases and decorative bouquets. Traditionally, creating their masterpieces, craftsmen use jade, minerals, wood, including sandalwood and many more.
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GAV Traugot illustrations

Decorative plate GAV Traugot illustrations

Decorative plate ’69’. GAV Traugot illustrations

GAV Traugot illustrations
First of all, the abbreviature GAV emphasizes the unity of creative spirit of three artists. In particular – George Traugot (1903-1961), Alexander Traugot (b.1931) and Valery Traugot (June 23, 1936, Leningrad – October 5, 2009, Saint-Petersburg). Alexander Traugot still signs his work “GAV Traugot” in memory of his brother and father, his main teacher. In 2012, the Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg hosted the exhibition “The Traugot Family. George Traugott, Vera Yanova, Alexander and Valery Traugot”. It consisted of art works – drawing, painting, porcelain and sculptures created by two generations of the family of St. Petersburg artists.
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Painting on stones Yana Khachikian

Painting on stone Yana Khachikian

Merry Christmas! Painting on stones Yana Khachikian

Painting on stones Yana Khachikian
Kiev based artist Yana Khachikian has created a stunning gallery of miniature oil paintings on usual rocks. Beautiful landscapes painted on the cold surface of the stone are amazing. According to Yana, she first painted seascapes, inspired by the beautiful nature of the Crimean seaside, where she spent her summer holidays. And she took some of the Crimean stones with her to Kiev. Today, stones are brought to her from all over Ukraine, and Yana paints them, creating very unexpected miniatures. Meanwhile, the young and beautiful artist prefers to work at night, which she considers the best time for creativity.
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Original JayKay Wristwatches by Yekaterina Speshilova

JK Wristwatches 'Roman Holiday'. Unusual, bright designer's watches handmade. Mechanism Japanese Quartz. Material steel case, mineral glass, strap - Leather

Audrey Hepburn, Inspired by ‘Roman Holiday’ original JayKay Wristwatches by Yekaterina Speshilova. Mechanism Japanese Quartz. Material – steel case, mineral glass, strap – Leather

Original JayKay Wristwatches by Yekaterina Speshilova
Vintage is always beautiful, and Audrey Hepburn from her Roman holidays has become an iconic image forever. Russian designer and artist of applied art Yekaterina Speshilova (maiden name Bakhtina) has created a series of exquisite watches with the images of iconic portraits. And not only portraits. Born 30 March 1983, Yekaterina Speshilova and her family – a husband and their four children live in St. Petersburg now. According to Yekaterina, she founded her own art studio in 2012. And now she successfully sells her beautifully designed wrist watches and jewelry decorations online, at a quite reasonable price. The collection of her handmade JK Wristwatches includes such series as Russia, Children’s Collection, Movie stars, 12 cats, Signs of the Zodiac and folk crafts. Unusual, bright designer’s watches by JK (the link to her website – below the post) are in high demand.
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Islamic East Jewelled Arts

Binding of the Quran with emerald. The beginning of the 19th century. Gold, diamonds, emeralds. The Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey. Islamic East Jewelled Arts

Binding of the Quran with emerald. The beginning of the 19th century. Gold, diamonds, emeralds. The Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey. Islamic East Jewelled Arts

Islamic East Jewelled Arts
Worked out by the peoples of the Middle East during the Middle Ages, based on the cultural traditions of the area and the principles of Islam. From the beginning, the art of Muslim countries showed originality, associated with the ethnic culture. However, Islamization, covering all the space developed common principles, which became mandatory for all parts of the Muslim world.
In fact, Islam forbids images of living beings, first of all, people. Meanwhile, in Iran, where even before the arrival of Islam was a tradition of depicting scenes from the life of the rulers in miniature, wall painting, and carpet weaving, the ban was never total.
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