среда, 30 ноября 2016 г.

Journal- "Cristmas rooster"

Once upon a time in the very depths of the English countryside there was one little village. It wasn’t anything much, it wasn’t famous for anything special. Just a simple village with simple people just like anywhere else in England. The people of this village were mostly cowherds and sheep-herds and their economy was fully depending on their livestock. They sold the wooly coats and milk to the neighbourhood villages and this is how they made their living. Like any other ordinary English village, this village had a Pub, where the villagers loved to spend their evenings, sipping beer from the pint glasses, having a noisy chat and have a little fight now and then.
In the end of each year they would come together in that pub to celebrate the end of the year and to share their accomplishments, discuss who is the best cowherd, shepherds, salesman, coat maker and so on…

четверг, 8 сентября 2016 г.

This is my new video . This is not a tutorial, but just a showcase of the work process. I am working on a celtic headpiece that involves a lot of polymer clay work as well as other mediums. It is supposed to be what I call a "crown". I guess just for myself or for sale, I am not yet too sure.

I love the combination of browns and golds mixed with the pearls and the soft textures of the pheasant feathers. All these elements give it an earthy feel and little floral vines do add a beautiful feminine touch to the warrior shield-like elements. The pearl is decorating the very middles of the round elements, being a perfect accent.

среда, 7 сентября 2016 г.

Dear friends! I've created a collection of brooches made ​​out of real copper. I have used the electroplating technique and have covered the real leaves and branches in copper and then applied different effects to give them different tones and colours. My favourite combination is the copper red and the blue patina. Which one is yours?
I love how this collection of nature inspired elements looks like real leafs and branches that got stuck in time somewhere and ended up being hardened by time. They look so real and at the same time very decorative and fairytale like. I love the autumn mood that they give. Surely a lot of wonderful jewelry ideas are already roaming inside my head ready to burst out into a new clay project.

Stay tuned and perhaps you will be the first one to see what I will be able to come up with by using these elements. Actually I have already started working on one of these projects and you will be able to see it if you explore this post further down to the very bottom :) So enjoy!

P.S. click the button bellow to see more pictures!

четверг, 1 сентября 2016 г.

The Goat and the Snow Queen

Dear friends!

I have created two new videos. One of them is a tutorial on how to make a Goat Pendant. I love making goats and rams very much and I think I have created around 3-4 pieces so far, that's why I decided to share this tutorial with you, so that you can learn to make one too. You can tell that I do love to work on details and I hope that you will also appreciate this tutorial for the same reason.

My second video is just a preview of the "Snow Queen" ring that I have done. I loved making this ring because of the effects that I have managed to achieve. I love the frozen white porcelain effect of the ring base and the crystal that is crowning it, as well as the golden accents and bleedings that are distributed around the whole ring. 

четверг, 4 августа 2016 г.

The Sacred Unicorn

Today I would like you tell you about my newest art piece - "The Sacred Unicorn”. In nowadays artworks and illustrations unicorns are nothing more than just a beautiful magical horse with a sharp horn poking out of their heads. The culture made a unicorn something connected to the rainbow, girly colours and I must say this is quite far away from where I my inspiration came from.

The waves of my inspiration came to my mind from much more ancient mythical stories, ancient times, medieval murals and other truly enchanting sources.

The unicorn character existed in art, stories, books, fairytales, architecture and scriptures of many different nations. It is widely believed that the actual form of a unicorn in the fairytales could have come from a real creature that could have lived long ago, same as we have rhinos and antelopes now. They are also sharing the same bodily features, having horns growing right out of their heads. Everything is possible, especially in artist's imagination and heart.

But let’s come back to something we can prove by official sources such as history and mythology, which has influenced this piece quite a lot, too. Unicorn is classed as a mythological creature that symbolises chastity, spiritual purity and wondering in the wide spectrum of these words. Usually they are pictured as smaller sized horse type of animal with a sharp and long pointy horn coming right out of their forehead. In Medieval stories only the most special witches and wizards could have had a chance to ride one of these creatures. A unicorn was classed as very unusual, quite a worrier type animal, not very placid, but more obstinate and unapproachable creature that would kill anyone who would mess about with him. For the same reason of being unapproachable and having the inner purity, the unicorn could have been tamed only by a pure Virgin with an innocent heart. He would only trust his heart and body to her, would let her pet him and would then calm down his obstinate nature and fall asleep, by putting his head on her lap. Then the pure virgin would be able to place a magical golden bridle on his head and from that moment he would be her’s forever.
When making this necklace, the most of my inspiration came from medieval murals and heraldic forms. In heraldry the unicorn is a symbol of caution, careful approach, wisdom, purity, virginity, strictness and hardness as well as the most important unicorn’s quality - holiness. This is one of the reasons why this symbol could be very often found on icons of many saints including the Virgin Mary. Although some other metaphorical explanations for the unicorn’s meaning, that was found on the shield of a medieval warrior. It says “They drop down from the sword of the brave man like the poison drops from the unicorn's horn”.

In both interpretations the unicorn was always pictured as a small horse with the long spiral horn and a small goaty beard. That is where the beard inspiration comes in my art piece and it’s not accidental.
The color palette is quite simple, although every colour has it’s purpose and was thought off thoroughly. Just like in the ancient murals, the robes of the rich and handmade royal wall carpets, the combination of black and gold colors is a symbol of calamity, purity and royalty. The black colour lets you deeply immerse into it and tunes you towards acceptance and calm mood, while the golden floral motives are dancing and swirling in illusion of the contradicting beauty and simplicity. In this combination you can see the whole spectrum of emotions and the mixture of contrasts.
The necklace is decorated with a milky opal for a reason. Opal crystal is usually recommended to those who needs to concentrate all of their energy in achieving a goal. It is also believed that the Opal can develop a gift of prediction in it’s owner. Eastern civilisations are calling the opal to be a symbol of purity and fidelity, which is also a perfect match for the Unicorn theme of this jewelry piece.
When making this necklace I tried to not get attached to any time period or story, but instead merge many different stories into one, many different elements from different times and ages to create a symbiosis of the most wonderful facts and visual expressions when it comes to the unicorn theme. I hope I managed to do just that. 

четверг, 14 июля 2016 г.


"Ravens"- Necklace.
This necklace is made entirely by hand by using polymer clay and copperplating techniques. When creating fragile form I tempt to use copperplating technique to make sure that the whole construction is very sturdy. Metal also adds a valuable weight to the piece. Mixed textures and techniques make this necklace more attractive and magical. Sacred Geometry, magical triangles, grotesque baroque curls, all these different elements are harmoniously united in one piece of art and two black crows are basking in all this beauty as the main characters in this composition.

Polymer, copper, fine gold and copper pigments, copper accessories, copper chain, glass, pearls , rhinestone.

Absinthe Beetle

So , today is the first post. This is a variation on the theme of absinthe scarab. Do you remember that I once did a scarab , which was sitting on the triangle? One beautiful girl made a personal order , but asked the pendant to be changed a little bit. Аnd here is the result. I'm happy with it.  Do You like it?
I personally enjoyed working with it and even if this is a simple pendant, it required quite a lot of work. Here I used a new technique. This beetle is real and so I needed to make sure that his belly is very firm. I covered it with real copper by copperplating technique so that the legs are covered with real metal. After than I used clay and paints to make it look the way it does now.