More about porcelain. Wedgwood
24.05.2018, 14:34 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Design,Art,Porcelain
I continue writing about porcelain and its creators whom I admire and whom I consider models of taste. Today we are speaking about Wedgwood porcelain. English porcelain. Classic but diverse. And certainly elite.
15.05.2018, 14:25 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Porcelain
The first after-casting hours. Doll details are soft yet , a huge amount of work is still ahead but the outline is already visible. Body carving copies jewelry pattern.
Greek dress VS Empire style dress
15.04.2018, 14:19 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Design
From times to times, I meet phrases like “I want a dress in Greek style, you know, such an Empire Weist” in the internet and in conversations, – and my eye starts twitching. I have no idea why this difference in styles bothers me, but I decided to write about that.
When they talk about the Greek style, they immediately mention a high waist: as a rule, people do not know that everything was okay with the waists and their designations for Greek women. The secret of an ancient Greek woman’s waist is simple: Are you not married? – Waist belt. Are you married? – Belt under the chest. A dress in the Greek style is a kind of tunic or chiton, preferably asymmetrically draped.
What is the Empire style and how does it differ from the Greek style? It has Greek roots, or, to be more exact, Roman. Empire is a child of the late Renaissance, that is, the renaissance of Roman-Greek culture. The basis of an Empire dress is, for sure, Roman-Greek with its soft fabrics, open shoulders, and A HIGH WAIST (always). But it’s only a basis, in reality there is not so much in common for these styles: lantern sleeves, laces, rich and patterned fabrics, firm body of a dress were popular in the Empire style.
Thereas, it is difficult to imagine Greek women in such dresses as they practiced freedom and simplicity of lines.
To sum up, a Greek dress and an Empire dress are two different things! Always yours, Cap (Captain Obvious).
What’s all this stuff for?
18.04.2018, 14:07 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Art,Porcelain,Jewellery
About Hippocampus and mythes
25.03.2018, 12:40 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Porcelain,Jewellery
Restored Medusа is almost ready. The final high firing is ahead, and I hope that’s all. Meanwhile, I’m in fairy tale state of mind today and want to tell you about her faithful companion Hippocampus, or Sea Horse, who will stay with me in memory of her.
The hippocampus (Greek: ἱππόκαμπος) who is often called a sea-horse in English, is a mythological creature shared by Phoenician and Greek mythology. It was also adopted into Etruscan mythology (I adore Etruscan culture ).
The hippocampus has typically been depicted as having the upper body of a horse with the lower body of a fish.
- These proud looking animals served in the guard of Poseidon, who is not only the God of the sea, but the God of horses as well.
- Different myths spur different imagery where Poseidon and his mounts are concerned, sometimes he rides them and in others they draw his sea-chariot.
- Greek mythology puts wonderful horses in the closest relationship with the deities of the waters: the Okeanids and Poseidon roam the sea abysses in chariots; the horses of the latter are called golden-haired and stormy flying in the Iliad.
- As in our Slavic tales, the Sea King has sometimes the form of a fierce stallion, which must be traveled by a strong-armed hero, so the Greeks attributed the same transformation to Poseidon: in the noise of storms he pursued Demeter, who, running away from his embrace, turned in to the horse and mingled with the Arcadian herds but Poseidon found her and mated with her as a male horse.
I can write about Greek mythology and culture endlessly, also, I often say that I am Hellenist by religion) It’s a fact that ALL of European culture, everything that we now represent of ourselves came from a tiny Greece! It’s hard to imagine but it’s a fact.
Admit who of you had the book “Myths of Ancient Greece” at home? It was my favorite book with fairy tales, I lived with these characters in an embrace: Hercules is a bit simple, Perseus is a smart ass, Medusa Gorgona is simply an unhappy, misunderstood woman...
15.03.2018, 11:29 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Porcelain,Photo-video
I once wrote here about co-creation. Here is a good example: my interpretation of Catherine Earnshaw from “Wuthering Heights”. The idea of her creating belongs to the customer
About art and minotaur in us
05.03.2018, 10:47 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Art,Collections
My favorite period in the art history is what is called the “Hellenistic period”. Actually, it was this period which built the base for ALL Indo-European culture (including any modern).
I will not take a deeper dive (although I would like very much ) but the main characteristic of that distant period that struck me once and still keep amazing is the principle of ancient Greek art and culture in general: “Kill the Minotaur”.
I will explain. Those times were really wild: people did whatever they wanted – stealing other people’s wives, killing whole neighbor villages, eating whatever (we can also talk about this someday), and so on. But somehow, flowers of Art, Poetry, Philosophy, trees of the exact sciences -Geometry, Astronomy, Algebra – began to grow on this wild soil.
A wonderful Russian art critic Paola Volkova says exactly about this process: these basically wild creatures decided to be PEOPLE. And how to become people? It was necessary for them to rise above an animal nature in their mind, to identify themselves, to know themselves, their essence and destiny. So, the myth of the Minotaur is a myth about how a Beast turns into a Man, about the struggle of two natures – animal and human. It was the hardest way passed by ancient Greeks, as a result they gave us a soil, sense, Art, and basic theses of the philosophy of human existence.
And here our discussion about disgusting in art comes to my mind, so I will continue it a little. Nowadays, in the modern world, it is a common practice to try to discover this Minotaur inside of yourself. To search for an animal, an intuitive nature. We have been “traveling” so long way for thousands of years, outrun from our roots so radically, rose above animals so high (not inside of our minds but physically which is bad, I believe) that, it seems, we stopped appreciate the limits.
And here, the Minotaur aka Beast which was waiting for us for thousand years and which jumps out as soon as you let him (remember, for example, the Middle Ages or Fascism) swallowed us.
I often say that I am a Hellenist by religion, and I want the concept of “pathos” in ancient Greek meaning will return to our life. Pathos as a desire to be higher, trying to look at stars but not the ground, to live spiritual, high ideals. Because I believe that humanity has come a long way from Hellenes to our days not in vain.
P.S. Photo: Argali from Inner Mongolia Collection, Bronze, 2017
About "Game of Thrones"
28.02.2018, 10:24 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Design,Art
Let’s talk about “Game of Thrones”? Tomorrow is March already, a month when first seasons of the show were showed. The 7th season was launched only in July, 2017, while the premiere of the last season will happen in 2019… Soo long. That’s why I’m remembering and reasoning while waiting ))
Personally me concerned about Bran and his role in the history of Winterfell but we’ll talk about it later. Today I’d like to discuss beautiful and terrible Cersei.
I consider Cersei a tragic character: no, she is not a demon. An unfortunate girl, an orphan unless with a living father who uses her as a piece of meat in his throne games. She has never seen another life, doesn’t know love, so she is drawn to her brother – the only person she can trust. She loves her children but uses them in the same way – exactly as her father – because she simply does not know that it might be different.
As you know, in the Game of Thrones, even a fly doesn’t fly “just because”, so it’s natural that the costumes do not just decorate the characters but characterize them throughout all 7 seasons. Conditionally, Cersei’s attire can be divided into 3 periods:
1) The Queen
2) The Regent
3) The Widow
Cersei begins her “journey” in the series in feminine dresses of ocher-red tones – these are the colors of the Lannister house to which she belongs entirelly despite the official marriage with Baratheon. Her dresses are multi-layered, with luxury embroidery, rich trim, bare neck and neckline – she is a queen, mother, mistress, she is a beautiful decorative flower.
The second period, Regency, does not last long but that is the time she looks most royal: she got rid of all the enemies (including her husband) and became a ruler. There is a new color appearing in her clothes – green: she is full of life. Gorgeous and intricate hairstyles, heavy jewelry, rich embroidery and fabrics – I guess, I like this period in her costumes more than others.
We observe the third period in the last two seasons: short hair, heavy look, she seems to be dressed in a mourning, black, warrior cuirass, tightened with a band-collar, fenced off from all people. There is a scorched hole in her soul, she wants nothing but revenge and power. A dry, thin, burnt-out tree. And her clothing is an almost complete repetition of her father’s, Tywin Lannister, clothing.
07.12.2017, 09:36 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Art,Porcelain
About origins and sources
05.11.2017, 09:26 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Art
About Artist’s dreams
03.11.2017, 09:19 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Art,Porcelain
About Michelangelo and perfection
31.10.2017, 09:07 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Art,Photo-video
I’ve been lost in contemplation of David for a long time – it seems, he is the most replicated character in the world art, at least I think so.
Being a child, I looked at him as at an human’s body atlas – with an interest, being a teenager – with a great interest, being an adult – with ultimate understanding of the purposes for which this perfect body exists.? But I always looked at him as at a picture. And then Florence happened with me… and David.
Lines, partial shadows, frowning brows, a raised upper lip, a nose of perfect shape, both composure and readiness for jumping, veins on a lowered arm, knees (OMG, this knees!???) He can not be left outside where it’s wind and rain, the Florentines knew that, everyone knew that, so they created the Temple of the Magnificent Man in the Academy of Arts for him. This is an example of an absolutely Hellenistic love for the perfection of the human body! ??
And finally, I’ve understood where to find source and beginning – there, under the Michelangelo’s shadow. Creating this post, I thought how to express my idea so you understand my key idea but, at the same time, know that I adequately assess my capabilities and talent.
So, my idea: I consider phrases like “Of course, I’m not a Michelangelo” disgusting because such phrases humiliate an artist containing disregard for his work and his life, they lower sights and lower the quality of his work. And all these things the author does by himself, without anyone’s help. It’s obvious I’m not a Michelangelo, I’m a girl living in the 21st century. But I want to be him, or to be more exact, I want “to talk” to him. And that’s not about fame, but about the level of skills and inner fullness. Therefore, I will always learn, strive, perfect myself in art, and fill my inner coffers with miracles. And I wish you the same!!!
About importance of creative rethinking, cooperation with like-minded person, and “Inner Mongolia” Collection jewelry
18.12.2016, 08:42 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Design,Collections,Jewellery
Telling you about this collection, I would like to share with you my approach to the creation of characters, in general. Why I called Mongolia "inner" but not boundless or, for example, ancient? Because what you see in the pictures of the dools, or maybe some of you saw at the exhibition in Moscow, is MY Mongolia, the way I see it. Working with cultural traditions (images, costumes, decorations) it's always possible just repeat everything exactly as on a picture. This is called a replica, it's easy to be done, and it's not very interesting for me. I prefer creative reworking - to change the color keeping the form, or vice versa. Yes, there is a lot of blue and crimson in the real costumes of Mongolian women, but based on the concept "basic triad of colors in ancient culture" I chose white, black, and red (read more about that). Yes, a national headdress of Khalkha tribe women has only one form, but we altered it for Shoniin and Tenger in accordance with their characters. I always strive for creative reworking: this process takes place in my mind first. So, taking into account that human's brain is a large and complex computer with terabytes of information, it takes a lot of time before a new collection is born.
And as long as they are born, it’s really important who works on them with you. In any creative tandem is essential to find someone who is on the same page with you :) I remember there was a time when I looked at the magical work of jeweler Julia Sukhareva and thought “It’s okay with porcelain, I know porcelain, but this lacy jewelry... God, it’s terrific!” As it turned out, Julia thought the same about my dolls))) And when we started working together, we discovered that, in general, the creation of a porcelain ball-jointed doll and jewelry craftsmanship are very close in terms of manufacturing technology - the same shapes, molds, processes (casting, for example), and even tools are the same. Therefore, when Julia is going to visit me to work on the dolls together, she doesn’t need to carry a drill and other women's stuff)) And you know what, I think that both - porcelain and metal with stones - are fine by itself, but together - they are absolutely fabulous! They help to create stunning characters.
Thus, thanks to our efforts, each shaman girl has a substantial dowry, including jewelry all of which are made of silver and semi-precious stones. Each shaman owns following: Headgear | Small Cap | Jewellery-holders for hair | Light greaves | Shoes | Decorative twig. In addition, garment accessories of the costumes are also made of silver by the author's sketches.
Stones in jewelry and silver processing:
• Tenger - transparent and pale lilac zirconium, opals, pearls; white cold enamel.
• Shoniyn - smoky quartz, black zirconium, black pearl; black cold enamel, full patina (darkened metal).
• Gal - pomegranates, red zirconium; red cold enamel, artistic patina (stretching from dark to light).
Not poor girls we created, I’d say ))
About Porcelain. Why so expensive.
17.08.2017, 09:27 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Porcelain
About three colours of "Inner Mongolia" collection
16.12.2016, 20:01 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Design,Collections
Why I did this collection in monochrome? What the reason of choosing exactly these colors?
White-Black-Red is a basic, fundamental color triad. There are three colors which appear in a culture first, and this is common for all ethnic groups around the world. Levi Strauss wrote in his research: the first thing any culture sees is "light and darkness" separation, then the third color appears, and that's always Red. The triad "White-Black-Red" is already observed in the Paleolithic art (which was created more than 10,000 years ago). The basic art materials that time were: Clay (White), Coal (Black), and Ocher / Blood (R ed).
So, whatever Pantons, whatever dozens or hundreds of shades of gray (or any other color) we create and observe, at the initial level - the level of the ancient Mongolia and level of unity with nature, there might be only three basic colors - White, Black, Red.
White is the first color (or to be more exact, light) which any culture sees. White contains all the spectrum. White was a color belonging to some supreme deity since ancient times in the majority of cultures. In the past times, White was the most ambivalent. On the one hand, it's life (light, egg, milk, semen), joy, day. On the other one - death (winter, snow, ice, bones). White is also a color of a victim (white animals often were sacrificed to gods in ancient times) and innocence, purity, God.
Black color (or to be more exact, absence of the light) is the second thing that a culture sees. Black is one of the basic colors. It means night, darkness and mystery. It means all that a human has feared and admired since the beginning of time. How would the world look like without shadows produced by humans and things? The dark ages are long gone and now deep, reach Black is the synonym of elegance and style.
Red is the most noticeable color. It the first what a human being sees after light and darkness. Unconsciously, we always pay our attention to the objects of the Red color firstly - unless, we force ourselves to focus on something else. In most cultures of the world, Red is a fundamental color.
Because Red is about life, blood, strength, energy, sex. Before the 19th century, wedding and holiday costumes were Red (it's still so in modern India). Also, Red means danger (again, blood and fire as well).
The person in Red is always differentiate him / herself from others and attracts attention. By the way, maybe that's the reason why Gal got the biggest amount of likes when the first photos of the collection were just uploaded in my Instagram... :)
«Inner Mongolia». Intro
16.02.2016, 13:56 / Posted by: Admin / 0 comments / Under: Collections
Well, months of hard but inspiring work are gone, and already in several hours my shaman-girls will see the first visitors of Art of The Doll exhibition in Moscow, and the visitors will them ;)
And not to leave thoughts, ideas, and impressions of the creative process behind the photos, I decided to tell you about the "Inner Mongolia" collection in a few short posts.
So, My Inner Mongolia… Mongolia have been inspiring me since I was a child - with its steppes covered with the dome of stars at nights, with its stories about Genghis Khan, ancient legends, with its totally fabulous jewelry and costumes (I’ll write later about that), and with incredible closeness to nature, which, in fact, formed a very special worldview of ancient people…
As we all know, ancient people (our ancestors) prayed not to philosophical, abstract ideas, but to 100% real, existed objects and natural phenomena. They prayed to a deer before kill him during hunting, prayed to a bird flying high into the sky, prayed an old tree growing in a sanctuary forest, they prayed to the Sun, Sky, Stars, and Darkness. That’s why three my shamans are dedicated to three ancient gods amongst the most significant and powerful – the gods personifying eternal elements and phenomena without which our world couldn’t exist.
· Tenger (Sky) – the girl in white
· Shöniin (Night) - the girl in black
· Gal (Fire) – the girl in red
ABOUT THEIR CHARACTERS IN BRIEF. You know, I do not consider dolls as a toy (never loved play with dolls and disassembled them when was a kid), rather as an art object - such a bijou and tiny but moving sculpture. And this sculpture has a soul. The words that every doll has its own character are not just words - it's the truth. Let me tell you about the characters of 3 dolls from "Inner Mongolia" Collection through the example of how they acted during a photo session.
Tenger (Sky) behaved totally in accordance with her name standing for being natural :) A dress? Which dress? Why do I need wear a dress? Almost all photographs of Tenger in costumes failed ... By contrast, she posed naked for a long time and with pleasure. Such a child of nature;)
Shoniin (Night). As it befits Night, Shoniin is a mysterious woman. I would even say, a bit cold and closed - in terms of that she can be a storm inside (for sure), but nothing on the surface. It looks like she's saying: go away, please, and do not disturb me. Amongst all 3 girls, to photograph Shoniin was the most challenging: the majority of the photos were ultimately bad - with no reason, despite the presence of light and good equipment. Few nice photos could disappear or accidentally (and repeatedly) be erased from the computer ... I had a feeling that she was shamanizing and did everything we did not have her pictures. Perhaps, because she has decided: okay, I already have my hostess, so why should I show me off for others?
Gal (Fire). Red is the first color we unconsciously pay our attention to. Well, it seems Gal is created for all pays their attention to her. Because she is a fashion-monger :) In contradiction to Shoniin, she posed gladly. Unlike Tenger, she wanted to be only dressed. Let's make photo of mine in the dress! Can I put that gorgeous velvet red coat on, please ?! And hat .. And yes, give me that twig ... Such a nice girl who is joyfully wear semi-precious stones and bask in spot lights)
More pictures of shaman girls you can find in my flickr or insta.