In this page you can discover the finalist for the Handicraft discipline in the Blue Area (Mediterranean to Ocean) rated by the audience and a professional Jury at the event in Tuzla, Bosnia and Erzegovina.
One winner of each discipline will partecipate to the Biennial MArteLive and will have the chance to participate in Art residencies and more prizes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
London, United Kingdom
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kakanj, Bosnia and Erzegovina
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.
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.
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.
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”.