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Paper art by Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh

Paper art by Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh

18th century scene. Paper art by Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh

Paper art by Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh
Creative duo of artists, a husband and a wife, live in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. Meanwhile, they became famous for their amazing paper sculptures of ordinary people in everyday life. In particular, how they get up in the morning, have breakfast, go by bus, plane, or anything and the places where they work. Just a usual day of ordinary paper people. Thus, they have created series of paper installations “Airplane”, “In the office”, etc. The creative Russian duo of Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh have already become experts in working with paper. And what is more important – their paper world is positive, colorful, with interesting details.
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Art of papercut and book carving

Art of papercut and book carving

The example of exquisite and beautiful Art of papercut and book carving

Art of papercut and book carving
There are some interesting facts about the art of carved book, which you probably didn’t know. First of all, the artfully carved book has a name – altered book. It is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and meaning. Talented artists use old or new, recycled or multiple books, then cut, tear, glue, burn, fold, paint, rebind, gold-leaf, creating incredible art, sometimes even masterpieces. Altered books – shown and sold in art galleries and on the Internet. For example, an exhibition of altered books by contemporary artists, shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2009, titled The Book Borrowers. In particular, it contained 31 works, books transformed into sculptural works. Also, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center hosted an exhibition of altered books in early 2010.
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Russian nesting doll Matryoshka

Russian nesting doll Matryoshka

Russian nesting doll Matryoshka

Russian nesting doll Matryoshka
Having appeared a little more than a hundred years ago, Matryoshka has become extremely popular, in the first place, as a souvenir. Manufactured in almost every province of Russia, however, with its characteristic differences. Moreover, every craftsman could add something special to his own doll. And today very popular author dolls – made ​​in accordance with national traditions, but having their own characteristics. Nevertheless, real Russian nesting doll Matryoshka has strict standards. In particular, the classic version – 5-7 dolls depicting Russian woman with rosy cheeks in the traditional Russian sundress and scarf. Meanwhile, all faces of dolls look the same.
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Unique and beautiful Kolomna Palace Russia

Kolomna Palace Russia

Wooden masterpiece of architecture, Kolomna Palace Russia

Kolomna Palace Russia
Original wooden palace, built in 1667 -1672, Kolomna Palace amazed noblemen and foreign ambassadors with its splendor, so they even named the palace “the eighth wonder of the world”. Unfortunately, 100 years after its construction, authorities demolished the palace, because of its decrepitude. However, Empress Catherine II ordered to reconstruct a wooden model of the palace before its dismantling. And nowadays the palace reconstruction has become possible with the help of this model.
The Kolomna palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich opened its doors on the 4th of September, 2010. The appearance of the palace is almost identical to that from old images.
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Vegetable carving competition in Leipzig

Vegetable carving competition in Leipzig. Russian vegetable carver Vadim Nefedjev makes finishing touches on his eagle work on September 5, 2011 during the first European carving competition in Germany

Russian vegetable carver Vadim Nefedjev makes finishing touches on his eagle work on September 5, 2011 during the first European Vegetable carving competition in Leipzig, Germany

Vegetable carving competition in Leipzig
Held on September 5, 2011, the Vegetable carving competition in Leipzig became the first ever in Europe.
In particular, this sculpture of an eagle – created using fruit and vegetables, a medium many conventional artists may not have considered.
And in the above photo – beautiful and edible bird created by Russian vegetable carver Vadim Nefedjev. Participants showed their skills in sculpture during yesterday’s round of competition
Noteworthy, the first ever European carving competition took place in Leipzig, eastern Germany. Besides, the competition held during the “Gaeste” trade fair for the restaurant, hotel and catering business, runs until September 6, 2011. Within four hours, competitors have to carve figures in front of the jury’s eyes. And the materials for sculpture – melons, papayas, stem cabbage, cucumbers, radish, carrots and Chinese cabbage.
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Alderney Tapestry Project

Alderney Tapestry Project

Members of the Alderney Tapestry Project started the project a year ago and have just finished. The tapestry is 70m long and woven to tell the tale of the final days of King Harold’s final encounter with William the Conqueror in battle. Alderney Tapestry Project

Alderney Tapestry Project
According to the craftsmen of the beautiful Tapestry Project, it took them a year to create it. The tapestry, in particular, is 70m long and woven to tell the tale of the final days of King Harold’s encounter with William the Conqueror in battle. However, until now that tale did not include the coronation of William, which happened on Christmas Day 1066. According to historians, the final segment of the Bayeux Tapestry was lost, that’s why the islanders began the project to restore it. Meanwhile, Kate Russell, Alderney librarian, along with 416 Alderney residents worked on the project.
According to the craftsmen, they began the original tapestry from the Battle of Hastings. Discovered in the early 18th Century, it ended with the death of King Harold at Hastings. Commissioned by William the Conqueror’s half-brother Bishop Odo, the Bayeux Tapestry aimed to celebrate his victory over Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
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