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Beautiful paper lace by Karen Bit Vejle

Beautiful paper lace by Karen Bit Vejle

Beautiful paper lace by Karen Bit Vejle, Gorgeous Norwegian psaligraph artist

Beautiful paper lace by Karen Bit Vejle
Time consuming art of papercutting, called Psaligraphy, requires much patience and skills. Norwegian beautiful psaligraph artist, born in 1958, Karen Bit Vejle is the author of this fragile fine lace artwork. The patterns are carefully hand-carved from a sheet of paper, created with only one pair of scissors. Karen has dedicated 35 years to the art of cutting out on such a high technical and artistic level. “My heart and soul are at peace when I have the scissors in hand and the paper dances between the blades. If my scissors can manage to make you stop and wonder for just one instant, I will be happy” – Psaligraph Karen Bit Vejle.
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Felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva

Felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva

Mother cat with her kittens. Felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva

Felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva.

Talented Russian artist Irina Andreeva graduated from graphic arts department of the Pedagogical University in the city of Izhevsk, Russia. Recently, along with her husband and young son she moved to Moscow and became at once a participant of festival. Her art works made her the winner of the International Festival of the author textile dolls “Eve’s Rib”. Felting is the oldest textile manufacturing technology in the world. Archaeologists date the first appearance of felted products 8000 years ago. Ancient people started felting wool of wild animals. And then they learned to spin, knit and make cloth.
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Porcelain world by Andrei Cherkasov

Porcelain world by Andrei Cherkasov

A woman playing the guitar. Porcelain world by Andrei Cherkasov

Porcelain world by Andrei Cherkasov

Russian artist Andrei Cherkasov was born in Moscow in 1957, and in 1982 graduated from the Moscow Art Institute named after Surikov. Andrei has worked in the monumental and decorative arts for about 15 years. He created architectural design of buildings in Moscow, Jurmala, Tynda, and Yelets. Once he visited the studio of fine porcelain sculpture, and this inspired the artist to create his own unique world of porcelain miniatures. The artist has created several porcelain collections: “House”, “The City. Winter”, “Summer”, depicting the details of every day life of ordinary people of the 19th century.
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Beautiful cyberpunk art by Anna Dabrowska

cyberpunk art by Anna Dabrowska

Beautiful cyberpunk art by Polish artist Anna Dabrowska

Beautiful cyberpunk art by Anna Dabrowska
Contemporary Polish artist Anna Dabrowska is engaged in mixed-media Collage, Art-journal and Scrapbooking. In her work Anna Dabrowska uses not only such familiar materials as buttons, brooches or lace, but also old computer parts, and dried insects. Anna Dabrowska is keen on steampunk style, and loves to “flea” markets, where she can find antique items. She believes that most of them get a second life in her creations, as things “with history” can tell a lot. Anna Dabrowski’s steampunk collages are unique, when working on them she forgets about everything, creating collages almost intuitively. She signs her masterpieces under the nickname Finnabair. Anna participated in exhibitions in local galleries and in the show organized by Craft & Hobby Association in the USA.
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World most expensive toys

World most expensive toys

World most expensive toys

World most expensive toys
There are dolls, toy cars and plush toy animals, which price is comparable to the price of a luxurious car. In the ranking of Forbes Magazine, these are 10 most expensive toys in the world. The most expensive porcelain doll (above photo) costs $ 263 000, sold at Theriault’s auction in Atlanta in in 2009. In the early 20th century, a native of France Albert Marquet was the most famous puppeteer. The exhibition of his dolls in Paris in 1915 became very popular in all Europe. The collection consisted of hundreds of dolls, some of which were immediately sold. Others were packed in the boxes and hid in a hope to keep until better times. However, experts claim that only twenty dolls have survived to this day, which cost now hundreds of thousands dollars. The rare porcelain beauties are a dream of wealthy lovers of vintage toys.
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Russian Stained Glass Enameling

Stained Glass Enameling

Russian Stained Glass Enameling

Russian Stained Glass Enameling
Stained glass enamel is one of the most refined and sophisticated artistic techniques introduced in Russia at the end of 19th century. Precious art glassware, jewelry and crafts from stained glass enamels were always considered to be the pinnacle of the jeweler’s art, made by the best Jewelers of the world – Benvenuto Cellini, Pavel Ovchinnikov, Ivan Khlebnikov, a number of the enamel masters from France and Germany. The apparent advantage of stained glass enamels is their functionality. On the strength of products stained glass enamels are far superior to glass and porcelain. These unique handmade jewelry pieces of precious stained enamel carafes, table sets, sets of glasses are created by masters of creative studio “Russian Enameling”.
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Ancient treasures of Afghanistan

Ancient treasures of Afghanistan

Hidden treasures of Afghanistan

Ancient treasures of Afghanistan
Tillya tepe means Golden Hill, an archaeological site in Afghanistan near Sheberghan, surveyed in 1979 by a Soviet-Afghan mission of archaeologists led by Victor Sarianidi. The hoard contained about 20,000 gold ornaments found in six graves (five women and one man) with extremely rich jewelry, dated to around the 1st century BC. Several thousand pieces of recovered fine jewelry were made of gold, turquoise, lapis-lazuli. The ornaments included coins, necklaces, belts, medallions and crowns.
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