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The art of Bulgari

  • Sometimes I come across stunning portraits. Just like @lilyaldridge in @bulgariofficial . It’s a pleasure to be working on a #fashionillustration like this.

    Bulgari is an Italian luxury brand known for its jewelry, watches, fragrances, accessories and leather goods. While the majority of design, production and marketing is overseen and executed by Bvlgari, the company does, at times, partner with other entities.

red-portrait Christmas

Christmas is just round the corner…

It’s day 6 of my Daily Drawing Challenge and it’s high time to introduce a Christmas theme…

For me and my family it’s one of the most beautiful periods of the year that enable us to do some meaningful work both for ourselves and others.

Below you can see some of my illustrations done for my #DailyDrawingChallenge. Hope you enjoy them! More to follow.

Check out my Instagram feed for some more work.

 

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Daily Drawing Challenge – Day 1

If you draw every day your drawing will improve enormously hence I am doing a Daily Drawing Challenge. 49 Illustrations until the end of 2018. Keep your fingers crossed for me and hope you enjoy my art :).

Day 1

Equestrian

Arabian horses

Equestrian theme has always been close to my heart. Horses come in all breeds, shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: their inherent beauty!

Arabian horse riding

‘ The Arabian horse is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses in the Middle East that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses have spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.

The Arabian developed in a desert climate and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for shelter and protection from theft. Selective breeding for traits including an ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans created a horse breed that is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please. The Arabian also developed the high spirit and alertness needed in a horse used for raiding and war. This combination of willingness and sensitivity requires modern Arabian horse owners to handle their horses with competence and respect.

The Arabian is a versatile breed. Arabians dominate the discipline of endurance riding, and compete today in many other fields of equestrian sport. They are one of the top ten most popular horse breeds in the world. They are now found worldwide, including the United States and Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, continental Europe, South America (especially Brazil), and their land of origin, the Middle East.’*

Polish Arabians…

The history of the Polish-Arabian horse is complex and fascinating.

16th century: Writings in Poland mention pure-bred Arabians. Used by the Turkish army, they’re taken by Poles as spoils of war.

1699: Poland’s truce with Turkey, so – no more spoils of war. Poles travel to the desert to purchase Arabians from tribesmen and use the horses to upgrade their own, local stock. The offspring are used for cavalry, farm work and carriage pulling.

World War I: Polish Arabian studs nearly decimated. “Of the 500 Arabian broodmares in Poland in 1914, only 25 still lived in 1918” (“History’s Hooves,” March/April 1998 print edition, Saudi Aramco World).

1921: Poland has regained its independence following the war. A new Arabian breeding program is established at Janów Podlaski Stud.

1920s: The Arabian Horse Breeding Society is formed in Poland; its first Stud book is published.

1930s: A few Americans import Polish Arabians (notably, Henry B. Babson of Chicago and J.M. Dickinson of Tennessee).

World War II: Poland loses 89 percent of its broodmares (“History’s Hooves”). More than 80 percent of Janów Podlaski’s horses perish in the 1939 war campaign; the Stud is severely damaged. But some horses are saved by Polish horsemen determined to keep the Polish Arabian in Poland.

Post-World War II: Hungary sends Arabian mares to Poland to help rebuild Poland’s breeding program. The Polish Stud also uses Russian Arabians for that same purpose.

Late 1950s: British breeder Patricia Lindsay buys Polish Arabians for her own program and becomes a purchasing agent for Americans. *

Nowadays there are three state Studs – Janów Podlaski, Michałów and Białka.

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabian_horsehttp://cosmopolitanreview.com/polish-arabian-history/

Craftsmanship

MILLINERY – the CRAFT of HAT MAKING

In our modern world where more and more products are being created digitally craftsmanship stands out in its uniqueness and beauty. It is a way of thinking and doing where humanity is in tune with nature, not working against it.

Craftsmanship‘The quality of design and work shown in something made by hand.’ *

In this blog post I would like to focus on Millinery – Hat Making.

MILLINERY – the CRAFT of HAT MAKING

History

Millinery is a 5000-year-old craft. The first milliners were felt blockers making hats from wool and rabbit hair. In Britain, hat making was not reserved for the rich – practical hats for workers were the mainstay of the milliners work in the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. Until the 1960s hats were worn as everyday wear and many trades were recognisable by their hat: bowler hats for businessmen, trilbies or deerstalkers for country gentlemen, chef’s hats for chefs, dress caps for busmen etc.

The millinery trade was originally centred in Dunstable, but moved to Luton when the railways arrived there and it became easier to get supplies from a more central base (followed later by the arrival of the M1 which passes through the outskirts of the town). Of the 400 factories and micro-businesses that used to be in Luton, only 5 factories remain and the micro-businesses are dwindling fast. Much of the production has been out-sourced to China and the Far East.

 

Techniques

  • Blocking – a method of shaping the millinery fabric over a block to impress the shape
  • Steaming – immersing the fabric in front of the steam to help shape the fabric
  • Rolling – rolling over fabric to shape fabrics to make trimmings or shapes for hats
  • Wiring – wiring the edges of shapes to make them stand up or out
  • Finishing – to cover with fabric or to steam and brush
  • Trimming – to add decoration to the hat (this can sometimes take as much time as blocking the hat)

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Don’t know how to decorate your house?

Buy art you love and surround yourself with it. It’s easier said than done as we all know how quickly our houses get cluttered with all the things we ‘love’.

Don’t know how to arrange your space and how to maintain it? Learn some designers’ tricks for creating stunning art displays throughout the home.

1. Kitchen decor

Brilliant small pictures can transform your kitchen and give it a designer’s look.

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/213217363588883401/

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/359162139010449278/

2. Art for your Dining Room 

Paintings are perfect for a dining area.  It’s a great idea to do some pairing and match the tones that are used throughout the room in your painting or it’s frame. Don’t forget to hang it at the perfect height (just slightly above eye level of seated diners).
 

3. Mass Appeal

Living room walls can be nicely filled in with an easy going picture mix including different themes. Again choosing colours that pair together will unify the jumble of sizes an unevenly spaced pieces.
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/how-to/g620/how-to-decorate-with-artwork/?slide=3
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/how-to/g620/how-to-decorate-with-artwork/?slide=2

4. Living room wall art

If you can’t decide which picture to hang on your wall, you may as well pt all of them on!
Creating a stylish ‘collage’ of drawings and paintings on your wall will definitely create a ‘statement’ decor of your house.
Living room interior design by Avenue Lifestyle
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Photography : Agata Dimmich / Passion shake Read More on SMP: http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2016/06/24/7-must-know-rules-for-creating-the-perfect-gallery-wall/
To be continued…
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http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/furniture-and-accessories/display-art-like-a-pro-pictures

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/furniture-and-accessories/display-art-like-a-pro-pictures

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Friday Doodles

Everybody loves Friday. But if you love what you are doing you will enjoy each day of the week :).

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Costume design – Project ‘Life Circle’ – Backstage

Project ‘The Life Circle’ came true thanks to a wonderful work of great people who teemed up together, using their best talents in order to create an artistic video. It was a project that was to combine the theater of dance, art and music.

Here is a list of people who mainly contributed in this video:

Myself- Costume Design & Director

Sophie Black – Camera Operator & Director

Gemma Bone – Jewelry Design

Daniel Kaspar – Photography

It was a great fun and an amazing opportunity to use your imagination and creativity to its maximum due to a low budget.

Below you can see some backstage pictures that will say more than words..