Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Verwatena

Some years ago my son and me, we took Dutch phrases in Antwerp dialect and made funny words out of them such as "verwatena". Verwatena literally means"WHAT for?" but if we pronounced it with Russian accent, the word became unrecognizable and understandable only for two of us.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Current mood: empty

I should feel relieved that my two-year judging  course is over, but I only feel annoyed that my last paper didn't turn out as good as I expected and terrified that I will be asked to write some additions to it. The only explanation I have is that I got some severe case of oversaturation when writing, thinking and most of all correcting  written texts takes enormous amount of energy. My paper was ready a week ago, but I couldn't bring myself to read it again till tonight. The only thing I want is to make stupid and kitschy Christmas presents and knit a couple of scarfs, the longer the better.
This weekend my daughter insisted that we have quality time together and made arrangements for  cinema, restaurant and museum, the programme that caters for all tastes. In the Fashion Museum there was a retrospective exhibition of the Fashion academy and the famous "Six" graduates. The inflatable costume from the exhibition reminded me of my current state







Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Festival in Veldhoven

The second exhibition of our group in one month was a bit too much for me but everything was perfect this year in Veldhoven. Hanging of the competition quilts, light, organization. Lots of enthusiastic quilters, lots of friends who came to see the group's work, lots of feedback in form of critique and advice. At the end I am glad that I brought the collection to Veldhoven, there were some doubts before.


  


Hilde had a solo exhibition and brought new beautiful work


My friend Galina Kozulina 's quilt with stunning optical effect was selected for the exhibition in Berlin.
During the festival I met a nice man from Germany, Frank Guschmann, who made a lot of good quality photographs of the event and sent me a link to his album afterwards. I normally make a lot of pictures myself but not this time. All my time and energy went to telling stories about members of the group and their work to numerous visitors)). The majority of the public were Dutch quilters and they are very sociable and enthusiastic.
And my another friend, Corinne got a third prize in competition with her quilt "Peace"


Monday, October 14, 2013

Saint-Petersburg

Our humble group named Art-Igra was invited to take part in the textile exhibition in St-Pete. The grand  exhibition hall of All-Russia Artists' Union with beautiful light, balconies and marble stairs though has seen better days  is loved by local artists. It's an honour to be exhibited there, especially for an amateur.



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Anatoly Belik, exhibition in Birmingham


The festival of Quilts in Birmingham brought a couple of surprises, one of them Anatoly Belik, Russian artist working with textiles. I knew his work before and love it but looking at his quite small pieces surrounded by thousands and thousands of European and American quilts was quite a special experience. He was so different so authentic and  so original that hundreds of people coming to express admiration told that he made their day.


All of them, quilters, artists, amateurs and professionals noticed the intricate, skillful design that supports his touching but pretty simple ideas. Most of the pieces he selected for the exhibition were devoted to women, because in his view women are the beginning of everything, they create life and secure its continuity. Whenever I had time I tried to come to his exhibition  to help him with interpreting and saw people coming again and again. The artist's style that was unmistakably Russian sometimes initiated  discussions, retrospective associations and long lectures on the history of Russian Art of the beginning of the 20th century, suprematism in particular. Two English ladys were so impressed with his work that asked me spell the names of some Russian artists Anatoly considers his teachers.  They were determined to make internet research to fill gaps in their art education.


He is a passionate teacher, his pupils are children from very early age to teenagers . Every year they get dozens of diplomas at various creative competitions, he can speak hours about them. His class:





I am a dummy, I don't know anything about modern technology, explains Anatoly. This is me embarrassed and absorbed in self-pity. And those are antique Russian kettles (in Russian dummy=kettle)


As I have already said lots of his pieces are devoted to women.



One of my favourites


Anatoly in front of this work




Sunday, June 23, 2013

Scotland

Scotland is so beautiful it hurts
Beautiful in spite of constant drizzle and intermittent showers


Sunday, June 2, 2013

New fabrics

It's been a long time since I made something new, but after submission of Module 4 paper there is some room for  experiment. The "trout" series got a "plaice "addition and is expanding. Some silk screening completed yesterday and several collections of fabrics will serve as backgrounds for further printing and discharging.
The first fabric -white linen, printed with acrylic ink, second -very heavy cotton canvas and third-lovely antique French bedding painted by hand and then discharged. It is clearly seen that the blue fabric didn't work very well, the thickness and density of canvas prevent the discharge paste from penetrating deeper into the fibers. I had similar problem during my masterclass this April. One of the fabrics, high quality thick and dense cotton was hopelessly unfit for discolouring. I am not disappointed because I was somewhat  ready to paler image in the result.




 Some screen-printed fabrics are still drying, I hope the blue will fade.

The length of "trout"fabric, commissioned, I hope the background won't turn greyish, printed with Procion