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Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky, talented self-taught American artist, born in the Soviet Union. Biologist by education (Brown University), Tatyana Yanishevsky reproduces anatomically correct botanical forms created out of yarn, in her studio in Providence, Rhode Island. Her featured artwork “The Knit Garden” includes hand-knitted flowers and plants, created in a variety of fibers, colors, and stitches. The reality of knitted plants is seen in various organs of the plant, and the knitting process, stitch by stitch, conceptually mimics plant growth. And, her sculptures vary – in scale and range, in form and style, and from realistic to abstract. As a matter of fact, these beautiful realistic knitted flowers is a result of the deep knowledge of the subject. Besides, the artist taught herself how to knit, dissected flowers and studied their anatomy in textbooks and greenhouses. As Tatyana Yanishevsky says, “It was a knitting challenge to create those forms, to have them be three-dimensional and puffed out where they needed to be”.
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Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces

Woman with a Mirror – Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces

Woman with a Mirror – Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces, Saint Petersburg. After a painting by Nicolas Lancret (French, Paris 1690–1743 Paris). Date – late 18th century. Medium – Wool, metal thread

Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces.
First Russian tapestry manufacture was founded by Peter I in 1716-1717. Remarkable Russian tapestries look like paintings of old masters. These outstanding examples of Russian applied art are based on the original paintings by European (Rembrandt, Nicolas Lancret, Anthony van Dyck, etc.) and Russian artists. Many copies of Hermitage paintings were specially made for the needs of the manufacture. These large-scale textile items include classical, biblical and genre scenes. Some tapestries were inspired by Russian history. The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, has a unique collection of Russian tapestries made in St Petersburg at the tapestry manufacture. On 1 June 1857, the Imperial Tapestry Manufacture was closed by decree of Alexander II. Imperial Russian Tapestry Masterpieces, as outstanding examples of Russian applied art are included in the permanent exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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Cake wizard Aldis Brichevs

Cake wizard Aldis Brichevs

Cake wizard Aldis Brichevs

Cake wizard Aldis Brichevs is 38, and he has more than 10 years of “chocolate experience”. He advises cooks, and in his free time in the studio mixes the chocolate molds and various goodies out of it, which then gives to children. Now Aldis has come to Moscow to become better acquainted with the famous palace in Tsaritsyno. Aldis Brichevs was born into a large family – seven brothers and two sisters. His mother died, the boy was barely fifteen. His father started a new family. The remaining relatives told Aldis to feed himself – “you are not a disabled”. So, young Brichevs faced adulthood: cleaning barns, milking cows on a private farm … To the question “How did you become a pastry chef? ” – Aldis gives a very vital explanation: – As soon as I was left alone, had to constantly think about how to feed myself.
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Embroidered art by Nadezhda Liberova

Rural Landscape 2013

Rural Landscape 2013. Embroidered art by Nadezhda Liberova

Embroidered art by Nadezhda Liberova.

Nadezhda Liberova was born in 1945, in Kursk. She graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute named after Lenin. While Nadezhda was working as a school teacher (for forty years), at the same time she was engaged in various kinds of creativity: khokhloma, batik, collage, crochet and macrame. Since 2000, she began her creative career in artistic embroidering. Since 2004, Nadezhda Liberova has been a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Moscow. She participated in exhibitions in the house of creativity in Parnu (Estonia), in the exhibition hall of the Union of Artists of SEAD Moscow “Springs” in October 2007, her solo exhibitions took place in 2003, 2004, 2005.
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Vintage lighters

Vintage lighters

Vintage lighters

Vintage lighters is a relatively new category of collectibles, as until the early 20th century, a safe portable lighter did not exist. One of the first lighters was invented by the German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner in 1823. The first lighter was innovating and in fact was produced for nearly 60 years. The model was actually improved only in the 1880s, but it was still not perfect, as had a tendency to explode. And for today the Dobereiner lighters are extremely rare and most searched antique collectibles. Pocket cigarette lighters were as common as keys or wallets by the early 20th century. Oil Lighters appeared in the early XX century, and at first were not very reliable. Oil Lighters «Zippo» appeared in 1932 and still have a cult status due to the reliability, beautiful design, and remarkable history.
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Russian finift icons

Russian finift icons

Russian finift icons

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Russian finift icons. Finift, or Enamel – an ancient decorative craft in Russia, one of the most interesting and colorful kind of miniature painting, which has always belonged to the elite arts. Exclusive nature of painting, enamel and enamel miniatures is due, on the one hand, to the high art of painting on enamel by artist, and on the other hand to an extremely difficult and time-consuming process of manufacture.
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Russian silver trompe loeil art

Russian silver trompe loeil art

Russian silver trompe loeil art – the finest imitation of linen napkins.

Russian silver trompe loeil art.
In contrast to Faberge, about the work of Russian silver tromp-l’oeil jewelers is known little, although these workshops were suppliers of Imperial court. Stunning trompe l’oeil silver art pieces were multiple winners at international exhibitions, with many customers abroad. Beautiful artworks of Russian jewelers are still sold at major auctions for big money. The peculiarity of Russian silver tromp-l’oeil (trompley) was the finest imitation of linen napkins and towels, the hyper-realistic effect of which looks so modern nowadays. Unique cigar boxes, imitating real wood boxes, with the texture of the tree, stickers and labels.
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