About Polina Medvedeva
– Art School, Chelyabinsk (ДШХИ)
– South Ural State University in Journalism, Graduated 2006
– Studying graphic design as intern at designet.ru
– Freelance illustrator and graphic designer 2000–2016, with clients: Harprer’s Bazaar Ukraine, L’official Russia; Atelier1 project for Doverstreet Market, London; Art Lebedev Studio for such clients as Sprite and Vogue Russia
– Creative director at Velar Jewellery since 2010
Our jewelry work is made of two parts: technical accurate work by jewellers with years of experience and new sculptural ideas by the artist. The main inspiration for Velar jewelry collections are plants and ink painting.
While working one realizes that the most important thing in painting is to let brush flow. The flow may give more elegance in each part of artwork. This refers to Xie He art theory “Six principles of Chinese painting” (5th century), where the first principle is "spirit resonance", the vitality (or nervous energy) which is transferred from the artist into his work.
One can use plants as brushes for ink painting. Plants have longer evolution on earth than humans. Asian artists choose plants as a main inspiration in understanding human nature. Plants as brushes are added in technical natural proportions and impart “rules of nature” into work, as a new graphical language which gives us inspiration. Plants acting as brushes are soft enough to give more freedom to let the ink flow. Speaking through ink the language of plants proportions is the process of searching for the balance between chaos and order, using a traditional ink technique equilibrating spots and lines. This also works graphically for jewelry, searching for the shapes in flowers, bamboos or pines in silver or gold. It is a process of learning the hidden math of beauty from plants.
About plants "language of proportions"
Tries to give the feeling of watercolour in vector graphic was a 15 years challenge work and that bring new style of vector graphic. But both of the styles, classical watercolour and vector graphic were still way too antropo-centrical. Work with ink and real paper gives another level of “brush flow”. Plants and flowers can be used not only as inspiration for jewellery and paintings, which is typical for asian ink painting and old poetry, but also can be used as brushes. Plants have longer evolution on earth then humans. Asian artists choose plants as main inspiration in understanding human nature, the art with this graphical language of plants can give us new graphical transferring of “rules of nature” into artwork, and yet it was always clear for Asian ink traditional artists long ago before 5th century. Plants as brushes are added in technic natural proportions and impart “rules of nature” into work, when in digital and classical brushes it takes so much energy to go out of your own standards of proportions as human being. But plants as brushes are soft enough to give more freedom to let ink go. Speaking through ink the language of plants proportions is searching for the balance between chaos and order easier, using a traditional ink technique to equilibrate spots and lines. And it is also process of learning from plants.
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