Master Yoda tooled by Anne Maree Ager from Australia

Master Yoda tooled by Ann Maree Ager

 

To us, the Australian artist Ann-Maree Ager is a paragon of innovativeness when it comes to picture ingenious motifs on leather with an outstanding quality. Her art contains much more than sophisticated technical abilities. It’s also about the snippet of a scenery she chooses. Ann-Maree’s recent work “Yoda”, was inspired by the original illustration by Michael Whelan on her Jedi’s Journal cover from 1981. It is tooled and painted in wonderful colors on leather. Ann-Maree masters perfectly the forms, the light and shadows to the point that her artwork is a real eye-catcher. Wonderful again.

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One Hundred Artist News in No Time

One Hundred Artist News in No Time

 

b2zone headquarters news

One hundred artists. One hundred stories. One hundred unique approaches to art. As we share our achievement of this milestone with our readers and followers, I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude toward all the artists of the b2zone artwork collection community and toward our b2zone magazine editorial staff, Roland, Stefanie, Rodrigo, Gina, and Sandra.

It’s fantastic to have been able to present, in such a short period of time, so many high-quality works of art through strong pictures and great stories. To be able to observe the creative process of the collaborating artists from a close distance has been a powerful motivator for the entire team. This enthusiasm touches me as well, particularly when I hear all the positive feedback and when I see the amazing results in our magazine.

 

Here’s to many more great artist stories!
JU, CEO of b2zone

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Garcia Deschacht creates the Black Honey fountain pen

Garcia Deschacht creates the Black Honey fountain pen

 

Garcia Deschacht is a team formed by Laura Garcia and Andy Deschacht, partners in creative work and in life. This couple started by following different individual artistic paths. Laura is a Soprano singer with a large repertoire and Andy has worked as a leather artisan until he found his passion for wood. This passion made the couple embark on a new adventure, the creation of one-of-a-kind handcrafted wood pens. They choose the most noble materials, particularly wood, in combination with some modern ones. This combination creates unique and high-quality pens, each with a scent of dedication, love, skill and creativity.

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Mona Edulesco is capturing the colorful side of life

Mona Edulesco is capturing the colorful side of life

 

The modern impressionist artist Mona Edulesco, living in France, uses her wonderful palette knife oil painting technique to depict the most colorful sceneries. Thereby, Mona triggers effectively the observer’s wish to just be there within the beautifully depicted landscape. “Poppies and cypresses” is a wonderful example of the impressive combination of colors and the thoughtful use of structural effects of paint which conveys a strong summer feeling. Mona Edulesco’s art always transmits notably the bright side of life, no matter which scenery Mona decides to paint.

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Paulo Alves creates something different

Paulo Alves creates something different

 

Once again, Paulo Alves amazes by his creative and artistic capabilities. Although this Portuguese leather and metal worker has got his viewers used to his Celtic and Viking inspiration on his artworks, sometimes Paulo is asked to make custom ones. On those times, Paulo seeks to stay truthful to his roots and then he lets nature lead the way. Such is the case on the depicted leather wallet, where a carved lion’s face transforms a useful and everyday carry item into something unique and amazing.

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Judy Pollard sculptures adorable fairies

Judy Pollard sculptures adorable fairies

 

Bright, delightful and dreamful are the fairies which Judy Pollard from Massachusetts, New England, brings to life. There are fairies for each season of the year, for feasts or other occasions, moods and colors – just as Judy or her customers wish. Nevertheless each fairy is one of a kind hand-made with heartfelt dedication. The depicted fairy, named Lydia, is a wonderful example of the unqiue polymer clay sculptured Art by Judy Pollard’s Creations. Adorable.

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Robert Kraus has an endless imagination

Robert Kraus has an endless imagination

 

Robert Kraus is a German artist with many years of experience in distinct areas such as leather work, archery and even guitar playing. But when Robert decided to use his experience and passion for leather work to complement his other areas of expertise, he started creating both the traditional and the completely new, as well as the unexpected and modern looking items. Its is as if his imagination was endless and without boundaries. He is a master combining craftsmanship with artistic inventiveness. The depicted archery quiver is a great example of Robert’s incredible artwork.

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Alberto Zorzano Millán collaborates with Alejandro Pinto Poemas painting poems

Alberto Zorzano Millán collaborates with Alejandro Pinto Poemas painting poems

 

The Spanish painter Alberto Zorzano Millán is an exceptional artist. The motifs he chooses enchant for the superb technique, the perfect conjunction of colors and light, and for all the emotions they convey. The present masterpiece is titled “Hijos” (Children), which stands out for the special moment of endearment that Alberto Zorzano Millán is able to create. This is perfectly emphasized by Alejandro Pinto Poemas’ wonderful poem which expresses the profoundest relentless wishes to children.

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Noemi Rafel engraving Paleolithic Art

Noemi Rafel engraving Paleolithic Art

 

Tininess, richness in detail and ingenuity are synonyms for the art of the Spanish engraving artist Noemí Rafel. We have featured her on several occasions and she keeps surprising with resourceful approaches of her works. The present work represents an Asturian knife from Alberto Villar, encased by the sheath of Jose Quercur and engraved by Noemí Rafel who decided on a motif stemming from Paleolithic Art. The depicted cave painting derives from the Cave “La Covaciella” in Asturias, Spain. Again, it’s an outstanding example of Noemí’s exquisite art.

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Bruno de la Penna creates incredible matching sets

Bruno de la Penna creates incredible matching sets

 

The French artist Bruno de la Penna has over twenty years of experience in blacksmithing and leather crafting. Over the years, these two activities have many times complemented each other and were practiced side by side. During Bruno’s travels to the USA he has learned many native American techniques to forge his knives and also to create his unique leather works which he also teaches during the courses he provides on his workshop. Although Bruno creates ornamented leather items, sometimes he just sets his mind in the creation of simple but beautiful works, as the depicted knife and sheath set.

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K Adam Tanner tailors hand-crafted leather works of art

K Adam Tanner tailors hand-crafted leather works of art

 

The U.S. American leather craftsman K Adam Tanner is a versatile artist. Adam who creates under his brand “Tanner Custom Leather” pays a special attention to wearable and usable works with high aesthetic standards. From belts to wallets, tablet covers and saddles, every item is meticulously crafted in an outstanding way. The depicted belt, made of multiple layers for strength and style, is a wonderful example of K Adam Tanner’s eye-catching floral design.

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Felicity McNamara creates unique knife sheaths for Lieben Custom Knives from South Africa

Felicity Mcnamara creates unique knife sheaths for Lieben Custom Knives

 

The South African leather artist Felicity Mcnamara creates unique, attractive and functional items with unique characteristics that attract customers, also from the Internet. The depicted knife sheaths were ordered by the knife maker Lieben van der Sandt who had seen her work on Facebook with the request that the sheaths should fit snugly without touching the blade. Accurately and carefully accomplished, Felicity fulfilled this wish by using an ostrich shin as an inlay on the one and tooling an elephant onto the other sheath. Both works are wonderful examples of Felicity’s outstanding artistry.

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Anet du Toit creates a moment of tenderness

Anet du Toit creates a moment of tenderness

 

Once more, the South African artist Anet du Toit amazes everyone with a big oil painting. But what is amazing about this artistic work titled “Don’t Give Up” is not the fact that it is painted on a 150cm by 120cm canvas but the message transmitted to the observers. One could expect a ferocious lion making use of its natural instinct, but the power of this painting lies in a moment of tenderness. Anet chooses the lion’s capacity to feel love and care over ferocity, and that choice is perfectly conveyed on this beautiful painting.

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Kim Holowatiuk creates lovely bead works and more

Kim Holowatiuk creates lovely bead works and more

 

Under her brand “Sleepy Holow” Kim Holowatiuk from Canada creates beautiful items for her customers and their four-legged family members. In her childhood Kim was inspired by her grandmother to pursue bead works. Since then she also specialized to work with leather, wire and metals which she loves to combine with bead elements. Kim’s creations are all colorful and show beautiful patterns. Exemplary these wonderful earrings which are just one of her creations among purses, collars, dog leashes, harnesses, bracelets, belts and a lot more.

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Eleana Antonopoyloy creates a guitar leather pouch

Eleana Antonopoyloy creates a guitar leather pouch

 

The Greek leather artist Eleana Antonopoyloy, creates beautiful and distinctive leather items. Such items are usually decorated with Eleana’s dominant preference for her artistic work, pyrography. Among the wide range of motifs that one can appreciate on her pyrographed leather works, sometimes there are custom works at the client’s request and such is the case of the gorgeous depicted tobacco leather pouch with a burned guitar as motif. Eleana’s attention to details made her create the guitar’s arm to serve as a closure along with its decorative purpose, creating a very distinctive leather pouch.

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Marianne Musek illustrating her itinerary of Rome

Marianne Musek illustrating her itinerary of Rome

 

The designer and illustrator Marianne Musek living in Vienna creates wonderful motifs of pets, people and their surroundings. Pursuing many techniques from classic aquarelle to dynamic ink drawings, Marianne stands out for achieving lovely hand-drawn works with a sensitive note. Her special attention to the individual character of her motifs convert her drawings into lively and colorful portrayals. “Antennas in tutti direzioni” is one of Marianne’s daily sketches in her illustrated itinerary during her current stay in Rome. Lovely.

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Gina Adam and her Love of Nature

Gina Adam and her Love of Nature

 

For those who are already acquainted with the German leather artist Gina Adam, it is not a surprise that she creates wonderful and unique leather works. Her love of art and her love of nature walk side-by-side and are a constant presence in her artworks. It’s wonderful to observe how useful and everyday carry items can be conjugated with an artistic touch and be transformed into something almost magical. The depicted phone case with a wooden carved pattern unfolds Gina’s inspirations when she’s working in her magic workshop.

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Mick Skinner composes wonderful sceneries

Mick Skinner composes wonderful sceneries

 

Mick Skinner is a passionate painter from the United Kingdom. Mick has an excellent sense for colors and cares a lot about the compositions paying special attention to the human element, as he calls it himself. The depicted oil painting titled “The Farewell Wave” is a great example of it. The scenery shows a Hawker Typhoon which was a British warplane during Second World War. Nevertheless, the human element, a crew’s member is waving and the other putting his thumbs up, is more powerful and stands out which is exemplary of Mick Skinner’s fabulous talent for composing wonderful sceneries with a human touch.

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Dianne Bettis from Australia finds her inspiration in nature

Dianne Bettis finds her inspiration in nature

 

Dianne Bettis, a felt artist from Australia, has many interests in life. Some of them have a direct and notorious influence in her artworks, including her country’s nature, the ocean and animals. She creates amazing and colorful needle felted sculptures of animals under her own brand “Cheeky Llama Creations”. The depicted chameleon is no exception, it’s an unique and outstanding felted sculpture that makes justice to this extraordinary and peculiar animal. Every tiny detail shows Dianne’s ability when approaching her delightful art.

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Akiko Okada is a master carving Sheridan style

Akiko Okada is a master carving Sheridan style

 

Akiko Okada has a wonderful story herself about how she found her way to leather carving. From her first contact with Sheridan style, which touched her profoundly, to becoming an advisor and teacher for many artists around the world, one can observe the outstanding detail and quality of Akiko’s Sheridan style in every work of hers. Exemplary, the depicted vase does not only stand out for its unique form but also because of Akiko’s very special and unique way of carving this style, in which she is a true master. The work of Akiko Okada is admirably marvelous.

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