Нашите участия през май

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Зимата свърши, слънцето се разгорещи, зеленината избуя, дръвчетата цъфнаха и из клоните им се гонят песнопойни птички. Дойде време да си покажем носовете навън и през изминалия месец месец май започнаха нашите първи изяви на открито за сезон пролет-лято 2014 година. Казваме “първи”, защото ще има и още.

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На 11 май взехме участие с арт работилница и изложба в рамките на празника на Асеновград, който се проведе в градския парк до реката. Както подобава на един празник имаше сцена с музика, имаше игри и, разбира се, цветни шатри и павилиони, в които се предлагаха от лакомства до всякакви прекрасни, ръчно изработени сувенири, кошници, грънци, картини…

Времето беше слънчево и топло, а настроението на всички – изцяло в синхрон с природата. Хората бяха в приповдигнато настроение, като на панаир. Познати и непознати минаваха, спираха се при нас. Имахме удоволствието да им представим най-новите ни чудеса, сътворени от повторно вкарана в употреба хартия.

Запознахме се с доста хора, които бяха чували за този начин на плетене с хартия. Други за пръв път видяха на живо как изглеждат и как се правят тези изделия. Всеобщото мнение беше, че на живо са още по-красиви, от колкото на снимка.

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Най-впечатляващи се оказаха здравината и почти безкрйаните възможности на този материал.  На децата им беше особено любопитно как едно старо списание може да се превърне в красива кошница, в цветен панер или в друг вид сувенир.

По време на целия ден под нашата шатра се трупаха дечица, които искаха да се научат как да плетат с хартия. Родителите им също проявиха интерес. Най-любопитните и най-сръчните имаха възможността да вземат участие в плетенето на лъжица от хартия. Беше толкова радващо да бъдем част от този прекрасен празник.

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Още на следващата седмица ни поканиха да участваме във Фестивала на белия щъркел в с. Белозем. Както и друга година в парка на щъркелите бяха подредени щандовете, на които се представиха местни земеделски производители, опитваха се местни гозби, демонстрираха се произведения на изкуството и занаяти.

Атмосферата беше много празнична и красива. Фестивалът на белия щъркел е международен. Той се отбелязва на ротационен принцип в 13-те села на щъркелите в Европа. Европейско село на щъркелите у нас е с. Белозем. В празника взеха участие самодейните колективи от околните населени места, ученици и деца. Имаше много песни, танци и интересни хора.

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По време на фестивала успяхме да срещнем с приятели и колеги, както и да се запознаем с нови хора, които останаха очаровани от представянето на нашето творчество. Ето още няколко снимки от участията ни през май:

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Лятото започна с тези два празника, а през юни ни предстои участие на тридневния ”Wake Ъп! фест 2014 – обратно към корените”, където отново ще представим изложба с нашите чудеса, сътворени от хартия, ще организираме и арт работилница за плетене с хартия.

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Фестивалът ще се състои на 20, 21 и 22 юни 2014 на поляните над село Куклен в Родопа планина. Очакваме ви там 🙂

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Mountain Stone Bag

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The ”Mountain Stone” bag looks like a heavy rock, which has been brought down from the mountains, but it actually weighs less than a kilo. Dimensions are, as follows: 27 x 22 x 17 (centimeters). It has been sculptured and designed by hand, using a special technique, which is our own invention and we are very proud of it.

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It is much like paper mashing, but using different materials in a more complex way. There are several stages of production and multiple layers. Fortified by textile strings and plaster for durability. It’s waterproof, due to the acrylic varnish, used to protect the bags’ surfaces both outside and inside. Varnish helps protect them also from scratches.

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There is a nice application of ghosts, black cats and bats on the inside, created by decoupage. The handle is a textile strip – removable, in case you decide to replace it with another one. You can adjust its length (now 130 cm) according to your height and preferences. The shutter is attached to the front and back by textile bands.

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The lock is plastic, light and very easy to operate. Many things can be put in this realistic, “Mountain Stone” bag. We recommend using a purse organizer or a soft, knitted hat for convenience.

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Even Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble will envy you for this bag!

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Wine Bottle Covers

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These two charismatic “cat ladies” represent the spirit of us – GG sisters – our long lasting love for rolled paper weaving and our adoration of pets, especially cats. The two paper sculptures can be used as wine bottle covers, or “wine dresses” as we call them.

They are both made of reused paper: bulk mail, ad mags and spam brochures. The paper sculptures are unique, not only as wine covers, but also as a piece of interior decoration. Painted, impregnated with transparent glue and varnished, so that you can enjoy them as long, as you like.

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Each of the two petite coquettes is approx. 26 cm high (with the hats). Their dresses spread up to 20 cm in diameter. A nice gift for family and friends, especially if they like cats, art and wine.

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Meteorite Purse

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Another one of our “stone” purses. This time it looks like a meteorite. Handmade and unique, as everything else we create. It took a long and complicated process of sculpturing and designing this beauty by hand, but the end result is amazing – a “meteorite” hanging right from your shoulder!

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Nice, elegant and classy. Very suitable for nightclubs, restaurants and bars where the purpose is to be seen. It is smaller than our other “stone” bags. Dimensions are: 20cm x 12 cm x 17 cm. Well, meteorites burn in the atmosphere, so that’s why the main colors are different shades of grey.

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The “meteorite” purse is water resistant and durable. You can enjoy it for a very long time. It has been covered with acrylic varnish, in order protect the inner and outer surfaces from scratches. The shape has been fortified by textile and plaster during the creative process.

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It weighs no more than half a kilo. The metal lock is stable and easy to open / close with one hand. It is a combination of blue jean straps and a belt clasp, which, of course, makes it suitable for wearing with blue jeans on a daily walk. The shutter is attached to the body of the purse by blue jean straps as well. On the inside, there is a collage, made of fashion magazines. The handle is 130 centimeters long, but you can adjust it to you height and according to your preferences.

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The handle is made of black leatherette. It is replaceable. In this nice little purse you can put all your keys, a smartphone, small change or a wallet, plus may be some lipstick and there will be space for a few condoms as well. Women will envy you for this purse.

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The Inspiration, the Challenge and the Results…

or how I started making “stone” bags:

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Several years ago (I don’t remember how many), I saw this “stone” bag on a shelf in a store in my hometown:

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I immediately fell in love with it and now it is my loyal companion everywhere I go – at home or abroad. It became an usual part of my attire, no matter of the season or the place. Friends and strangers never get tired asking me: “What is that? Where did you get it from? It’s incredible! Did you make it yourself?” Well, I didn’t. Plus, the shop that I bought it from, does no longer exist. 

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But the challenge was in the last question: “Did you make it yourself?” Couldn’t I try to make something similar? After my last trip to Santorini this summer I finally accepted the challenge.

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It is a complex, multi-layer process. Forms are sculptured by hand. Every “stone” bag I make is one of a kind, as there is no shape that I use. These are mini sculptures, made of many different materials. Actually, it is my very own production technique, invented especially for this purpose. It is very similar to paper mashing, but apart from paper and glue, I also use: textile, plaster, acrylic paint and water-based varnish. Here are the first results:

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They are hard as a stone (water resistant and durable, I might add), but not heavier than an ordinary leather purse. If you want one of these, use one of the contacts below. In case you have a specific desire for shape, color or other preferences –

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We are open for new ideas.  🙂

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Art Workshop in Varshets

After the Wake Up Open Air Festival that we had attended last week, this weekend the Sun was again with us – this time in the little and cozy town of Varshets. “GG Ssisters” were privilleged to be among the few of the artists, invited to take part in this workshop. It was full of positive emotions again. Littlte and grown up kids were eager to learn something new and interesting about our technique, which we were more than happy to share, of course! The sun was also there – it’s presence was enough for us to spend a wonderful day outside. The fun and excitement that you get at events like this are hard to explain, so here are some pictures:

We got interviewed again, but this time we don’t know from which television. We still don’t have the habit to ask. We didn’t pay enough attention to the logo under the microphone. We did not see ourselves on the TV screen that day, neither did we find any reportage in the TV programs. May be you can send us a clip or a link? We spent the evening with the music of “Eventually” – a very nice band and very sweet people. They also took part in the workshop. I think it was a good weekend getaway, combined with some nice handywork by the GGs, while meeting with lots of new friends. On the way back we took two hitch-hikers (Kalina and Itso) – great folks! We are still expecting those sunrise fotos from them.

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