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Kiev, March 5, 2012.
As winter refuses to release its grip,
the local art gallery opened its door for a quite warming exhibition entitled Golden Fleece.
With original pieces by artist Natalia Metronina,
the exhibition showcased unique art pieces made with nothing but pure wool.
Please double click on the video for full screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music is from Sonata in d minor for Violin and Piano.
2. larghetto ma non troppo 
by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka

 

Kiev, Ukraine

 

I was born in a miner’s family in Makeyevka and now I live in the capital of the picturesque and beautiful Ukraine.

From the time I can remember I always was involved in handicrafts – sewed, knitted, made macramé, even made carpets and of course I draw a lot.
My motto has always been: bring kindness, happiness to people and it will come back to you increased with positive emotions of people around!

Once my friend presented me a set of professional oil paints and an easel for my birthday.
It was something like a bomb exposure in my mind.
The first strokes with a paint brush overturned my senses and
I understood that was something I needed sorely all my life to express my emotions and feelings.
I saw then I will not be able to live without painting. Now painting is my hobby, my outlet and my favorite every day passion.

 

One day I felted a flower from a wisp of wool. It was something like a miracle.
I was really surprised how many things can be made of wool – paintings, accessorizes, clothes, toys.
It is an ancient technique of more than six thousand years old which appeared in Greece. 

I can say that the bigger miracle for me was when
I tried to make a painting of wool fibres by myself with method of wool aqua painting under the glass and with felting.

Now I am fond of making pictures by painting with oil on velvet.
This is a technique invented thousands years ago in China.

It was not easy to restore the lost technique.
Artists who know it were not eager to share the secrets, so the process of recovery was full of trials and errors,
I had to study my own mistakes and achievement.

So what is the secret of the fascinated effect of the canvases painted with oils on velvet?
The tree-dimensional display is attained as the matt fabric surface absorbs the light,
it reflects just 3/100 of a percent of the light, but as for the oil it reflects up to 85 percent.
This difference makes the effect of inner luminescence of the painting.

The question, how to take care of the wool and velvet paintings, is very frequent.

And the answer is: very easy, like and admire, and dust them from time to time

One can ask, how to dust the works.

From the glass – with the help of napkin, from the velvet – with a napkin absorbing dust, from the paintings – just shake off.

I do not have any professional art education and consider that every person has an inborn gift.
But unfortunately not everyone could grow it up. My gift is a talent to draw, I’m sure it was given to me by God.
I know that the talent a man has to develop his talent and that is why abilities for self-education is an integral part of the inborn gift.

The goal of my work is to express my view of the world around, to show my contemporaries,
that life is beautiful although negative deeds and emotions can be on our way.

If my works will make only one person to smile and his look will become tender and the soul will get warmer
I can be sure that my work is not useless and I will go on!

 

 

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