Silk

Silk

Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The shimmering appearance allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.

Batik officially recognized as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Indonesia celebrates "the National Batik Day" (in Indonesian: Hari Batik Nasional) annually on October 2. Nowadays, Indonesians would wear batik in honor of this ancient tradition.

Painted batik, batik painting, or batik lukis is a technique of making batik by painting (with or without a pattern) on a white cloth using a medium or a combined medium like canting, brush, banana stalk, broomsticks, cotton, toothpicks, patchwork, or other media depending on the expression of a painter. Batik painting is the result of the development of batik art. The essence of batik painting is the process of making batik that does not use traditional motifs that are commonly found. The resulting motifs are the creation of the maker, usually producing contemporary (free) motifs or patterns with brighter, more striking colors, and more diverse color variations. The coloring in painted batik tends to be free and plays with many colors. There are also gradation effects and other painting effects. The drawings are made as if painted batik is an ordinary painting poured on silk.

In principle, many differences due to the influence of modern painting, such as in terms of appearance, especially in motifs and colors. The most important thing in making painted batik is the combination of the batik work and coloring depending on the taste of the batik maker. Painted batik is popular because it has a very affordable price and a very creative manufacturing process. Painted batik can be used as decoration or ready-to-wear clothing (fashion). Painted batik which has human objects, landscapes, still objects, and other objects, are in high demand for display paintings.

Amber

According to myth, when Phaëton son of Helios (the Sun) was killed, his mourning sisters became poplar trees, and their tears became elektron, amber. The word elektron gave rise to the words electric, electricity, and their relatives.

As an important commodity, sometimes dubbed "the gold of the north", amber was transported from the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts overland by way of the Vistula and Dnieper rivers to Italy, Greece, the Black Sea, Syria, and Egypt over a period of thousands of years. Pliny states explicitly that the Germans exported amber to Pannonia, from where the Veneti distributed it onwards. Amber is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects.

Amber has been used since prehistory Stone Age, from 13,000 years ago, in the manufacture of jewelry and ornaments, and also in folk medicine for its purported healing properties. Amber and extracts were used from the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece for a wide variety of treatments through the Middle Ages and up until the early twentieth century. Traditional Chinese medicine uses amber to "tranquilize the mind". Amber necklaces are a traditional European remedy for colic or teething pain due to the purported analgesic properties of succinic acid.

Amber has often been imitated by other resins like copal and kauri gum, as well as by celluloid and even glass. We offer Baltic amber from Kaliningrad, the World capital of amber, that also called "true amber".

Gems

Alexander Shurduk is one of the first in Kazakhstan who makes paintings in the technique of Florentine mosaic. He painstakingly folds stunning canvases from pieces of gems.

Alexander, a sculptor by profession, so has been working with stone for a long time. But it is one thing to cut off the excess from the stone in order to form the required volume and quite another thing about the technology of mosaic. An artist should keep the smallest stone remnants in order to create something bigger of them. Mosaic production from stone is complex and time-consuming. And here the point is not only that one needs to pick proper stones that are suitable in color and texture, but also slice them into thin plates, cut out the necessary pieces-spots, glue all of them into a single composition, grind, polish ... And then a picture is born where gemstones, arguing and agreeing with each other, create amazing spectacular variations filled with either warmth and light, or solemn sound, or joyful ringing.

Alexander Shurduk sometimes translates into stone his favorite works of other artists, but more often he creates his own original landscape and still life artworks. He is very sensitive to the gems that he uses in his works. Alexander admires jade for its deep and delicate, like a cloud, greenery, unpredictable and rich in color jasper, very beautiful and rare charoite, shimmering with small crystals, vitrophyre that is not found anywhere except Kazakhstan, delicate and easy to cut traditional marble.

The stones are innumerable, and they all ask to be embodied in this or that picture in order to delight us and giving further inspiration to the artist. 

 
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