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Handicraft

In this page you can discover the top 3 artists for the
Handicraft discipline in the Blue Area (Mediterranean to Ocean) selected by the qualified judges and the audience are invited to the Semi-final event in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The winners of the Semi-final event in each discipline will take part in the MArteLive Biennial in October 2022 in Rome, Italy. They will also have the chance to participate in Art residencies and get relevant prizes.

Semifinalists from Mediterranean to Ocean

Gishyan Ceramics

Duga resa, Croatia

Alina Gishyan comes from a distinguished family of Armenian ceramic artists; over the past sixteen years she has built up an enormous amount of experience and developed her own style of unique ceramic functional pottery. Since her arrival in Croatia, she has intertwined her cultural inspirations with the new experiences she has encountered in Croatia, where she has been focusing on avant-garde and abstract ceramics. Her artistic mission is to create unique works of art combined with the additional functionality of everyday use, thereby creating all pieces with special food safe materials.

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Currently, Alina is participating in International symposiums and her artwork can be seen in many expositions, galleries, and fairs. She is constantly applying new ideas to her style by experimenting with creating different glazes and artworks.

Since 2019 she proudly holds the title of Folk Master of Republic of Armenia.

Artwork presentation

All presented artworks are made on pottery wheel by the artist Alina Gishyan. Ornaments are hand-carved and hand-painted. The technique used for carving is family technique invented in 1972, the secret is kept within the family.
The materials used in artworks are: earthenware white clay, lead free ceramic glazes, 10% gold.
Current selection is a mix of the artists feeling towards Croatian sea coast expressed by her Armenian ceramic technique. Each art work is unique with it’s story, ornaments and artistic expression.
It is recommended to see the artworks alive because of the ornaments 3D effect that is impossible to show through photos.

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NonSuch Art

Croydon, United Kingdom

NonSuch Art (Kristina Sinclair) is based in Croydon and has been making work in numerous disciplines since graduating in 2009. Now with a specialised focus exploring the duality of precise and labour intense carving of lino to the unpredictable fluidity of stitch and ink. The works explores the representation of the feminine body. Each starting in a classic life drawing class where the body is an artists’ tool. Form, shape, line, tone and texture. How a pose can be acceptable, artistic and demure or explicit and needing censorship simple due to the position of the body. The lino is carefully and painstakingly carved. It is permanent and strong. It does not shy or fade. The inks are vivid, unpredictable and changeable. One of a kind.

Artwork presentation

1. Cotton fabric with batik over lino prints
2. Lino printing with black ink and archive paper
3. Lino printing with black ink with muti-toned alcohol inks.

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ARSXoias

Viveiro, Spain

Adriana Rivas is a jewelry designer and creator who started in jewelry with 21 years. Now with 27 already has an extensive training thanks to a double degree awarded by the Technical School of Jewelry of the Atlantic of Vigo (Galicia). In addition, she obtained a position as an internship student of Erasmus Plus 2017/2018 for 8 months in an important Italian high jewelry company where she worked Bulgari jewelry and other powerful brands in the world of jewelry.
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In addition, he has studied different courses of freehand design, 3D design, stone setting, microsetting, engraving, microfusion, wax modeling, and multiple types of techniques. Throughout his career, he has participated in charity events such as galas and parades against cancer with his most artistic jewelry. On the other hand, he has participated in the project “Escuela Tous” 2018 where the Catalan brand had it for the post-sale section for a month being one of the few people selected for the first edition of the project. She also has several positions as a finalist in various jewelry contests nationwide. Adriana knows that she was born by and for art. To express it, to live it and make it a jewel.
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Collection of three jewels: * Type: Stationary pendant, ring and bracelet. * Materials: first grade silver, copper, cast, mussel shells. * Techniques used: threading, finishing, sanding, welding, filigree, mesh, polishing, bonding, polishing, use of epoxy resin and application of the rust patina. * Finishes: glossy, matte and skateboard. * Thematic: on the whole, there is a harmonious coexistence between materials apparently strangers to each other, like silver and shells. This choice is not accidental, because in this work claims the responsible exploitation of the resources of our estuaries. The human being and the environment can coexist in harmony, as in a jewel. An example of this is the naturalness with which the silver emanates from the beard of Balanus, the crustaceans that they are dotted and live through the shell of the mussel, almost like an extension of the shell same. Here is the name of the work: Arterias Vivas, a play on words that reminds us that the our identity as a people is inseparable from shellfish fishing and neglecting that we also neglect ourselves.
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Agne Zaltauskaite

Kaunas, Lithuania

I was always attracted to art, painting and color. When the time came to decide, I chose jewelry because this specialty was not popular, I didn’t know anything about jewelry, I was attracted by its mystery. while studying at the art academy, i discovered the direction of conceptual jewelry. I was fascinated by the variety of material choices, the experimentation of different technical solutions and the freedom of speech. Since color is my talent and engine, since the time of academy, I keep trying to discover new ways to move them into my jewelry.

Artwork presentation
When I saw my neighbors throwing paper into a general container, though the paper container was all over here, I get so mad because of their laziness and started to create the jewelry of recycled paper. I carry this message loudly that sorting trashes must be included in our daily lives. It is one of the easiest ways to move forward to sustainable living. All pieces are made from recycled materials, combined with silver and natural gemstone.
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Ana Marta Pereira

Lisbon, Portugal

Ana Marta is a portuguese ceramicist and sculptress. It was during her sculpture degree at FBAUL that she discovered her passion for ceramics and in 2011 she started to work in her own studio. Later she improved her knowledge with a Ceramics Technician course and several other courses at Cencal, where she is part of the faculty nowadays. She has a Masters degree in Visual Arts Education and she spends her time between teaching Arts and Ceramics and her personal work. Her style is inspired by the feminine universe and Nature.
Her pieces are handbuilt at hand scale and emphasize the visual properties of the clays she uses. Along with ceramics, she illustrates her work using engraving and watercolor as primary techniques.
Artwork presentation
The Mulher Objeto Collection arises from the need to affirm an opposition to the way the figure of women continues to be portrayed and interpreted.
In the 21st century, we continue to debate over issues of gender equality and are bombarded with news of abuse, mistreatment and feminicide.
With soft shapes and neutral colors, this collection can be characterized as containing objects for everyday use, while emphasizing that the women they portray are not.
The use of gold in the pieces highlights the value of the female body, in particular the breasts that have the biological function of breastfeeding.
The “Cian” ​​collection is a symbiosis between the artist’s passion for the alternative Cyanotype process and the more traditional colors in ceramics, blue and white.
Each piece is accompanied by an original cyanotype.
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r.cheuk

London, United Kingdom

British Born Hong Kong artisan Rickie is a Materials Explorer who loves to go through the process of experimenting unconventional ways of making. He laboriously practices sustainable design by using waste materials around the world to make with and turn into new objects in metals, woods, plastics, organics, fabrics, ceramics, composites and stones. With a background in Architectural Studies at University College London and Drawing Methodologies from The Slade School of Fine Arts, Rickie uses different mediums to convey his passion for making with materials.
Artwork presentation

Mirror Polished Aluminium Tension Stool.  

Natural Sequoia Wood Swivel Side Table, Custom Joinery.  

Fused Plastic Bags Lampshade, revealing the translucent qualities of waste plastic.  

Heat-Treated Stainless Steel Ripple Plate, shows the different hues attainable with the magic material.

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Mostar, Bosnia and Erzegovina

AbrakaBakra Copper Art is the vision and project of Denis Drljević which aspires to connect artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina dedicated to the revitalisation of traditional crafts, especially copper modeling (bosnian „bakar/bakra“ = copper). Modeling copper is a craft which has existed in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the 16th century. Over time, it gained its credibility as an artistic form and became an integral part of local folklore and tradition.

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Denis has been working with copper since childhood (probably started around 2000.), with old craftsman in Old town, Pero Đidić, a family friend. Since 2019. Denis is working with Selma Sultanić in AbrakaBakra Copper Art atelier and gallery in Old town, still improving skills and making new works of art every day.
Intertwining art with local tradition is our goal and inspiration. Copper reliefs and their handpainted reproductions, jewelry, bookmarks, magnets and orgonites are just a piece of our artistic vision. We want to expand our production to furniture. Our works are mainly generated with recycled copper found in waste and without use of any specialised machinery.

Our intention is to spread the message of universal love, wisdom, and positive energy by integrating it into our art.

Artwork presentation

I love working with copper becouse it is very interesting. It needs to be burned in fire around five times before I finish it. Then it changes colors and it gets softer. When the relief is finished, it needs to be cleansed with the acid, then with the brush, then colored (patina), then polished, then washed with detergent and then lacquered. It is the same with the jewelry. I can finish one relief dimensions 35 x 20 cm in couple of hours. In the same time Selma can make two couples of wire earings. Or I can make bracelets/bangles. I am not sure that I understand the question completely so I'll just move on! I hope our work speak for itself.

If we would do presentation on the stage we would need: one copper plate 35 x 20 x cm and 0,8 mm thick, 1 meter of round copper wire (diameter 4 mm), 3 m of round copper wire (diamete 0.6 mm) etc.

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Amina Berbić

Kakanj, Bosnia and Erzegovina

Amina Berbić is a mixed media artist based in Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her art is a fusion of modern and traditional techniques of decorating objects. She combines hand embroidery and acrylic paint on natural materials such as linen and cotton. The subject of her art are mostly flowers. The thread gives flowers and other elements texture and life, while paint fills negative space in a painting. Through her art, Amina wants to revive traditional embroidering in her country with more interesting and modern approach. Her main goal is to unite traditional and contemporary art in one.
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In photos and video above I used combination of hand embroidery and acrylic paint on small dimension canvas, as well as beads on some of the paintings. My goal was to show that contemporary art and traditional art can look beautiful when combined. Each painting requires patience and a lot of time. Every detail on the painting is there to emphasize how perfect and impeccable nature is.

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Anne Roos Smink

Amesterdam, Netherlands

I am Anne Roos Smink, a self-taught alcohol ink artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I create abstract and floral artworks, as well as functional art (e.g., coasters). My alcohol ink journey began back in 2018 when I discovered the magic of alcohol inks. My creative practice started out as a stress releaser besides my work in academia (I obtained my PhD in 2020), and it soon turned into a creative journey that is all about following my true passion. In 2022 I decided to take the leap and I am now fulfilling my dream of becoming a fulltime artist.
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My work is inspired by nature, flowers, the ocean, landscapes, anything I see around me when going outside. But even more so the process itself is very inspiring and intuitive. Often, I start with moving some ink around my surface and by going with the flow of the inks, an idea starts to emerge, and the artwork starts to take shape. This process is mesmerizing and is what I love doing most. I get so much positive energy of making the inks flow around and I hope my work can bring some of that positive energy to you.
Presentation
Coasters are made with alcohol inks on ceramic tile, finished with a smooth layer of clear resin. Clocks are made with alcohol inks on acrylic and finished with glossy varnish. Resin artworks are alcohol inks on synthetic paper, on wooden birdwood panel, finished with resin.
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Wishes in Nutshell

Belgrade, Serbia

Maja Vasilev -an architect by profession, an explorer in her heart, an artist in her soul. In 2019, she has started making pocket-size sculptures. Valuable memories frozen in time, emotions from the present moment, and the best wishes for the future, she “writes” into the walnut shells and makes different miniature worlds as mock-ups. She tells beautiful life stories “in a nutshell”, packs and sends the best wishes without a single word. 

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That’s how her handicraft brand “Wishes in a nutshell” was born. Each figure and scene is created with the utmost attention and love to stop the moment, catch the movement and emotions, make the relations between figurines and make a tangible 3D depiction of the moment. Every “captured moment” becomes a precious amulet in someone’s hand and is brought to life with each reopening. At that point, all the emotions, smiles, hugs, love, gratitude, attention, support, the beauty of the moment, colors, and shapes are reborn. The scene in which everything else is gently packed, hugged with a tight membrane, carefully preserved in the core of the nut, also comes to life. The nut’s core symbolizes sincerity that comes from the heart. Here the words are not needed.

Presentation

Each nutshell is full of greetings, hugs, smiles and emotions which become touchable by using real shells of the walnuts, making figures and context of plastic, clay, textile, cotton wool, moss, wood, painted with acrylic paint. For presentations of my work I used to make videos, short films and gifs. It is also, one more way to make a frozen moment alive.

The most important material for everything that I make is love, love that I put inside the things I do. Each story, from the group of stories, about little nuts, is full of unique life moments, memories and best wishes.
It is like a cocktail of the best things and people that life gave us, looked through the eyes of the architect, gently touched by the heart, embraced with ten fingers, colored in happiness, scaled to be packed easier. This is a whole story, told “in a nutshell”.

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