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Creative Exchange

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Since I started one more line of activity in June 2017 which grew naturally out of my general focus, conducting and organizing versatile art workshops and events became one of the main doings. And I have been putting much thinking into where exactly I want to take enthusiasts attending my classes during the creative journey in arts and crafts, how I can help to unravel their creative self, what results I would like to see in their works…

Sure enough the last thing I would want to see, as a teacher, is a copy-paste of my work. And yet,  how often all we can see in many art workshop reports is just an array of multiple works looking exactly the same as a sample work presented by the teacher at the class, copyist painting classes excluded.

Of course, newcomers to Arts and Crafts stand on the shoulders of the teachers and instructors, so to say. In learning process imitation plays an important role. And by imitation I mean not just simply copying. Imitation happens when someone sees something that inspires them, inspires them enough to want to do something just as great. 

However, quite often even with the passage of time, some people just establish imitativeness as a basis for self-expression, keeping repeating the same patterns,color schemes and ideas once learnt at a class. And this deja vu has been manifesting itself so often lately, making it hard to tell whether it is the teacher’s work, or students overuse ideas from a recently taken workshop…

As a teacher, I’d rather see ideas shared at the classes being transferred onto a new level, revised and reworked, rather than seeing plain replicas of my own works, no matter how flattering imitation can feel at times…

I also believe the more you see, the more you get exposed to versatile creative approaches, the more unusual creative ideas you come up with in your own works. So, for the program of creative classes at my gallery I invite artists from whom I get inspiration myself, who masterfully demonstrate versatile approaches in their work. And I keep the work on the conditions for creative exchange.

This coming July I am expecting my friend artist Natalia Logachova to come visit and introduce local enthusiasts to several techniques she is using in her art work.

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These are impressions from my last visit to Natalia’s studio. So I caught her working and took some photos on her permission. Sketches:

I so enjoy visiting art studios! This is one of my favourite works by Natalia…

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So many things that I love are there in this studio!

I was lucky to catch Natalia painting on silk. She will demonstrate her virtuosic silk-painting technique at one of her master-shows at the gallery at the end of July.

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She will also make a demonstration in palette knife painting, as well as dry pastel.

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Natalia’s series of demonstrations will be followed by workshops series in all three  techniques. Please, stay tuned for more news to come and follow us on FB!

 


Natural Monoprints on Paper. Натуральный монопринт на акварельной бумаге.

Natural print on paper itself  remains a random trace of chemical process, unless being subjected to artistic conception.

No doubt, that a vivid imprint on concrete pavement, metal, paper, etc. made by Nature, can still awaken a lively imagination. However, it should be yet reframed, before it is expanded into a work of art.

So, when you have mastered your natural printing skills to the level of a distinct and live-looking results on paper, you are free to improvise.

What I did, I decided to make my prints into pages of some forgotten diary, and stress out what the leaves’ imprints most of all associate with, it is the time flow…

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So, I added acrylic paints and inks, used some calligraphy writing…

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I figured out the most appropriate, to my mind, way to apply paints and inks.

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And what I got in the result was really rewarding! I thoroughly revised the whole process, and now I believe, I’ve come up with a new topic for my practical classes))

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So, when you have learnt really well how to print with leaves on paper, and you wonder “what’s next?” – maybe you would like to try adding imagery to your prints with my mixed techniques approach 😉

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I will include this topic in my new program for the coming workshops, and for the practical classes in my new art space, when it is ready!

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Работая в обычной технике натурального монопринта на акварельной бумаге, я захотела выйти за рамки обычно принятого подхода, и добавить образности с помощью смешанной техники. Сам по себе натуральный монопринт является так или иначе результатом химических процессов, заданных умелым исполнителем. И скорее всего, может выступать фоном для дальнейшего переосмысления и создания образа. В той же степени случайный отпечаток осенней листвы на бетонной дорожке или замысловатые фактуры следов окисления на металлической поверхности требуют образного переосмысления прежде, чем могли бы быть названы художественным произведением.

Так я решила сделать серию работ “Страницы из забытого дневника”, следуя тем ассоциациям, которые больше всего вызывают случайно оставленные отпечатки осенней листвы: быстротечность времени…

Я использовала акриловые краски, тушь и ручку. Работа с фоном оказалась интересной, и в результате я определила наиболее удачную последовательность применения материалов. На мой взгляд, сложилась любопытная техника преобразования натурального принта на бумаге в законченную художественную работу.

Таким образом, если вы уже овладели техникой создания контактных отпечатков листьев растений на бумаге, и задались вопросом, в каком направлении двигаться дальше, возможно вы захотите освоить такой вариант смешанной техники 😉

 

 

 

 

 


June Students in my Studio! Июнь, в мастерской ученики!

Summertime. But it is not easy. In fact, it has been pretty hard this past half a year. God knows how hard. But then you all, my friends, have been real support for me, your kind sincere messages and words of support helped me a lot to get trough the darkest and hardest times during past half a year. I really appreciate you being there for me! Thank you a lot many times! The situation in my country is still being complicated and not easy but I feel much confident, though still on the alert every day, but I strongly hope for the best…

Okay, getting back to the subject.  I have just finished the first part of my Summer practical classes with students at my studio. The next part will be in July. Meeting people and working with them introducing to my approaches in textiles is a mighty enjoyable activity for me. Hope, my students enjoy the time they are spending at my studio as well.

In the focus of attention of the June Practice was Contact Dyeing with predictable and versatile outcome. We touched upon the theoretical and practical sides of the contact extraction of plant material onto fabric and the ways of making the Contact Dyeing results versatile, not looking alike every time, and the methods of controlling the extraction process on different types of surfaces, i.e. plain fabrics, felted, nuno felted, etc. Another interesting aspect of the program is the aesthetic aspect of textile design of wearables.

Absorbing is moment when practice proves the theory! Theory is dry and dead, but the Tree of Life is evergreen with leaves, so to say. Not always green leaves other colors as well, and not just leaves, prints  did we get from the pots!

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nice ride! 

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the Beginning…

 

Лето – славная пора во всех отношениях. На этот раз лето непростое. И добавить тут нечего. Однако, работа продолжается и приносит с собой радость неожиданных открытий и новых знакомств.

Только что завершила первый этап практической работы с учениками у себя в мастерской в этом сезоне, начавшийся в конце мая. Интенсивно, напряженно, увлекательно для меня, как учителя, и надеюсь, что плодотворно для моих слушателей

Захватывающий момент, когда теория подтверждается практикой, а практика, подкрепленная твердой теорией, ведет к дальнейшему “развитию сюжета” и радует результатами. Как известно, практика, не подкрепленная теорией, часто заводит в тупики, мягко говоря. А про теорию без практики – даже и упоминать не стоит.

В фокусе июньской программы – технические сбособы получения ранообразных, заведомо отличающихся один от другого результатов контактной экстракции натуральных красителей на текстильных материалах. Иными словами, мы разбирались, как сделать так, чтобы не все результаты крашения выглядели бы одинаково; каким образом можно влиять на процесс; правильно планировать процесс с учетом особенностей как поверхности материала, так и специфики его предназначения. Эстетическая часть – построение декоративной композиции текстильного произведения.

 


My Day at Atelier Fiberfusing

Hello there,

It’s been a while and I am already missing you all! The temp outside is +15C and I am in the middle of reorganizing my studio getting it ready for the new project.

A perfect time for a new post!

Along with my reflections on the new project, it is an aftersound of my recent meetings that my mind is being occupied with these days. One of my unforgettable impressions is definitely from the day at Atelier Fiberfusing in Amstelveen with the best hostess Dorie van Dijk whose textile art work has been my constant inspiration for quite some time now.

The beautiful landscape of the Netherlanden made an outstanding background for the development of that day!

The Road in Amstelveen

The Road in Amstelveen

The next absorbing thing after reading juicy blog posts of my fellow-artists is for sure visiting the artists’ studios! 

The Working Process at the Fiberfusing

The Working Process at the Fiberfusing

Dorie is checking on her samples with the local growers:

Dorie at work

Dorie at work

The treasure revealed!

The Knot Unraveled

The Knot Unraveled

The result is just delicious to the general accomplishment:

The work of Dorie van Dijk

The work of Dorie van Dijk

Some felting of the black sheep wool in the afternoon:

Ready, set, go!

Ready, set, go!

And this is something I came up with after a while. I didn’t plan on anything particular, rather played by ear knowing that the future piece would be incorporated into a much larger piece dedicated to my long trip this past Fall.

My black sheep piece

My black sheep piece

The piece embodies scraps of silk dyed with plant dyes by Dorie van Dijk:

Dorie's dyed silk bits in my piece

Dorie’s dyed silk bits in my piece

In my felted piece there is a house-like image luckily occurred, actually Dorie suggested it looked like a house. Which is very symbolical, I’d say.

A Little House

A Little House

From this point I know that in my ultimate work dedicated to my Fall trip there will be some nice green part with the road going all the way through the pastures with white swans and black sheep straight to Dorie’s hospitable house!


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