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Den lille Idas Blomster

Jade flowers. Den lille Idas Blomster

Ida’s Flowers by Russian doll maker Alexandra Okatova. Den lille Idas Blomster

Den lille Idas Blomster
Beautiful jade flowers featured in this post – made in Guangong, China. Chinese call it oil jade due to its shining, glossy texture and glass-like transparency, and the leaves are from green Taiwan Jadein. Meanwhile, these jade flowers in my post perfectly decorate the fairy tale written in 1835 by famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). In particular, Den lille Idas Blomster or Little Ida’s Flowers.
‘My poor flowers are quite dead!’ said little Ida. ‘They were so pretty yesterday evening, and now all the leaves hang withered. Why do they do that?’ she asked the student, who sat on the sofa; for she liked him very much. He knew the prettiest stories, and could cut out the most amusing pictures—hearts, with little ladies in them who danced, flowers, and great castles in which one could open the doors: he was a merry student. ‘Why do the flowers look so faded to-day?’ she asked again, and showed him a whole bouquet, which was quite withered.
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Simon Schuberts paper art

Simon Schuberts paper art

Apartment interior. German artist Simon Schuberts paper art

Simon Schuberts paper art
According to German artist Simon Schubert, he starts his work in the simplest way you can imagine – with a blank sheet of paper. From there, with a set of folds, he leaves the traces that come together to created drawings. Noteworthy, the drawings that look as if drawn with invisible ink. The result, for the simplicity of the means used, is beautiful and seductive. Simon Schubert first folded paperwork in 2003, it was a portrait of novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett. ‘I wanted to find a way to make a portrait on different levels, on the one hand the face, on the other hand, I was interested in the reduction of material and technique and the fading into white in reference to Samuel Beckett’s work’.
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Woodcarver Alexander Penteshin

Seraphim of Sarov feeding a bear. Woodcarver Alexander Penteshin

Seraphim of Sarov feeding a bear. Work by Russian artist Woodcarver Alexander Penteshin

Russian Woodcarver Alexander Penteshin
In addition to wood carving, Alexander Penteshin is a painter and restorer, living in Pushkino, Moscow region. He creates carved furniture and pictures using various styles and techniques. In particular, the artist sticks lime bars together leaving pieces of bark on the edges. It gives the impression that a picture entirely carved out of a tree trunk. Noteworthy, each of the pictures is unique, as manualy executed and due to the fact thar each tree is unique as well. And the traces of knots never repeat themselves…
August 1st – day of St. Seraphim of Sarov. This is one of our favorite saints. Alexander Penteshin wanted to show how different can be his carved paintings. The painting depicts a scene from the life of St. Seraphim of Sarov. When the saint lived in the forest, a bear came to him and Seraphim fed him with bread.
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Russian Vogue and Matryoshka

Russian Vogue and Matryoshka. Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Russian Vogue and Matryoshka

Russian Vogue and Matryoshka
Noteworthy, 31 renowned fashion designers worked on a single task: to recreate the legendary Matryoshka dolls for the tenth anniversary celebration of the Russian Vogue. Important names took part in the project. In particular, Prada, Moschino, Saint Laurent, Armani, Dolce&Gabana, and Oscar de La Renta, among others. They explored a cutting-edge approach to the task. Meanwhile, producing small, contemporary works of art, filled with a cultural connection between Russia’s past and present.
In Russia, they began publishing Vogue since 1998. Mario Testino shot the cover of the first issue, and the cover girl became supermodels Kate Moss and Amber Valletta. And a permanent chief editor until 2010 was Alyona Doletskaya. According to Alyona, her goal was to make Vogue Russian not only in language, but also in the soul. However, it avoids copying American or European versions. Meanwhile, July 29, 2010 the chief editor of Vogue Russia became Victoria Davydova, who also started her career in the Russian edition of Vogue. Besides, with the magazine collaborated Tatiana Sorokko, Victor Pelevin, Andrew Plakhov, Lyudmila Ulitskaya and others.
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Beautiful Khokhloma pottery art

Khokhloma pottery. A single color design elements of the set with Khokhloma decor 'Royal Kudrina'

A single color design elements of the set with decor ‘Royal Kudrina’. Khokhloma pottery

Beautiful Khokhloma pottery art
A real piece of art, Khokhloma pottery is a traditional folk crafts made in Russia. Khokhloma is the name of a Russian wood painting handicraft style, known for its vivid flower patterns, red and gold colors over a black background. And the distinctive effect it has when applied to cheap and light wooden tableware or furniture. Thus making it look heavier, metal-like, and glamorous.
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Beautiful Gzhel Russian style of ceramics

Beautiful Gzhel Russian style of ceramics

Blue roses plate. Beautiful Gzhel Russian style of ceramics

Gzhel Russian style of ceramics
In fact, Gzhel takes its name from the village of Gzhel and surrounding area, where local craftsmen produced it since 1802. About thirty villages located southeast of Moscow produce beautiful pottery and ship it throughout Russia, and abroad. The name Gzhel became associated with pottery in the 14th century. Gzhel pottery was originally created by potters in their homes, however fairly early on these potters started to organize into workshops to increase production. The workshops eventually became a factory with pieces being formed in moulds and potters being responsible for separate pieces, a specific style, or decoration.
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Decorated with bottle caps village house

bottle caps village house

Somewhere in Russia, decorated with bottle caps village house

Decorated with bottle caps village house
Very often, mostly in Russian villages, people decorate their wooden houses with improvised material, and in particular, caps from plastic bottles. In fact, the beautiful ornaments show creativity and patience of their owners. For example, creative pensioner Olga Kostina, who lives in the remote Russian village of Kamarchaga, which is in Siberia. According to Olga, she has used 30,000 plastic caps to adorn her house with colorful patterns and images. Images of traditional macrame motifs and various creatures living in the neighboring woodland decorate the walls of her wooden house. Hammering every cap by hand, Olga Kostina used the conventional macrame technique of weaving and knit knots to fabricate the detailed mosaics.
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