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Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family

Khan woman. Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family

Khan woman. Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family

Buryat Epic Dolls by Namdakov family
About the world famous jeweler Dashi Namdakov and his masterpieces I wrote in one of the previous publications. No less talented are the other members of his family – his parents, brothers and sisters, all of them are the brightest and original artists. This post is about their unique collection of dolls with the distinctive features of thousand-year-old Buryat heroic epics. Relatives of Dashi began creating dolls more than 10 years ago, the first doll appeared in 2005. Total created more than fifty dolls, and they are sold to private collections. Dolls – mysterious characters of ancient legends and traditions, designed as sculptures, in stylized national costumes and historical attributes of the Buryat epic. Each doll is unique, there is no similar, everything is made by hand, including the patterns on fabrics. The figures are static, but each of them has a certain character and a refined attitude – typical plastic.
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Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Intricate patterns of interlacing branches, treetops, shape and density of the foliage create a special tree architecture. This very architecture has become the main inspiration for the British textile artist Lesley Richmond. She spends some time with her camera in the forest, fully absorbed in communication with the giants of the vegetable world – trees. Most of the trees in the winter lose their leaves and reveal to her the mystery of their fate. Curlicue trunks and branches are able to tell Lesley Richmond, an experienced observer, about the most important stages of the tree life, tell about the conditions in which the tree grows. For Lesley Richmond every detail is important, nothing remains unnoticed. All she has to do after observation – to document the details with a camera, then transfer images onto textile by printing them on cloth; next important step – eliminate the selected background areas, and finally, paint with metal patinas and pigments.
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Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko

Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko. Portrait in Russian tradition

Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko as a Sirin bird. Portrait in Russian tradition

Siberian artist Albertina Fomchenko (01.23.1939, Leningrad – 28.01.2010, Novokuznetsk) – painter, theater artist. She graduated from Palekh Art School (1957-1962); Diploma – a casket painted on the themes of Russian folk songs; Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema in “painter and sculptor of Puppet Theater” (1971); diploma work – creation of sets and puppets for the play “Forest Song” by Lesya Ukrainka. Albertina Fomchenko lived and worked in Novokuznetsk from 1975 to 2010. She began participating in exhibitions in 1986, directed the school of lacquer miniature in the city of Novokuznetsk (1994-1995). She worked in folk art traditions. In many of her paintings can be seen mythological Sirin bird, a symbol of national traditions, and a kind of her talisman.
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Polymer Clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Dandelions. Cold porcelain and Polymer clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Yellow Dandelions. Cold porcelain and Polymer clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Polymer Clay Art by Natalia Nevrova

Onсe upon a time, a bright sun woke up earlier than usual and decided to see how beautiful the Earth is. So, looking here and there, it dropped golden rays on the earth. And in the place where the beam touched the ground, grew a dandelion. Since then, dandelion is so loved by the sun, that it still looks after the delicate sunny flower, warming it with its rays.
Ceramic floristry is part of life of Moscow based artist of decorative art, florist, jeweler and craftswoman Natalia Nevrova. Creating realistic flowers of polymer clay is a favorite hobby, to which, according to the artist, she “unfortunately can’t give enough time”. Natalia is also interested in creating jewelry from semi-precious stones, hair ornaments with flowers of polymer clay.
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Vera Chernevich Gingerbread Terem Fairytale

Gingerbread Terem Fairytale - Food art by Vera Chernevich

Food artist Vera Chernevich next to her creation – Gingerbread Terem Fairytale

Gingerbread Terem Fairytale – Food art by Vera Chernevich

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, a Russian wedding couple got this creation. A Fairytale wedding tower with the prince and the beautiful princess, who live in a fabulous Far Far Away kingdom. And the details of this creation are just amazing! Sugar cockerel and flags on the domes and turrets, carved banister of sugar in passages between the towers, different in architecture and mural towers and domes. An exquisite detailed project! The author of the entire project, sketches, drawings, and patterns is a talented gingerbread artist Vera Chernevich. “I love Russian architecture, wooden towers, Russian fairy tales, so I created great this project with pleasure, in spite of the enormous amount of work on the development, baking, and decorating”. But the result, a gingerbread miracle, was worth it!
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Russian artist Oleg Shtyhno

Autumn. Flowers in the garden. Canvas, oil. Artist Oleg Shtyhno

Autumn. Flowers in the garden. Canvas, oil. Artist Oleg Shtyhno

Oleg Fedorovich Shtyhno – Head of the department of anatomical drawing of the Faculty of Painting, professor of anatomical drawing of the Faculty of Painting, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Russian artist Oleg Shtyhno was born in the south-eastern Siberia in 1961. His childhood memories keep many impressions from the village where he spent his summers and drew his first sketches. The artist cherishes the memory of a place that no longer exists. Then the family left Novosibirsk for Omsk, where he studied in the art school. His path to the future profession was traditional: after school followed art college. Then, he became a student of the famous Moscow Art School in memory of 1905.
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Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze

Collecting tea. Enamel, copper, painting, engraving. 1982. Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze, Georgia

Collecting tea. Enamel, copper, painting, engraving. 1982. Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze, Georgia

Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze
In the State Museum of Art in Georgia there is an interesting, memorable section dedicated to ancient metal-plastic, enamel, and jewelry. Long you can stand in front of a triptych, carefully considering the salary of gold, decorated with enamels of various ages, and of course, stunning jewels. While other exhibits eloquently talk about the heyday of ancient Georgia in plastic, metal and enamel art. And one of the leading enamel artists of the country is Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze. He used to come here, anxiously stopped before long been familiar icons, medallions, and salaries of ancient manuscripts. They noticeably helped in the study of the fruitful work of Georgian enamel artists, who developed national traditions, shared skill secrets, technology features and artistic techniques that have their roots in the distant antiquity.
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