b2zone magazine artwork collection editorial staff

We honor the b2zone artwork collection group with their own column

 

Much is new, much more new is to come, and much remains the same

Who would have imagined that a small Facebook group called the “b2zone artwork collection” would grow into an exclusive circle of artists of such diverse artistic disciplines and into an online magazine? It all began as Gina and Roland encountered a series of great works of art distributed throughout an array of online networks. As they browsed, admiring the creativity and the talent of so many artists dispersed in cyberspace, an idea was born: to offer artists and those interested in art a place to post their work and to exchange ideas within a community of like-minded individuals.

The Facebook “b2zone artwork collection” group was born. Shortly after, Gina and Roland began the “b2zone Artwork Around the World” initiative in which leather artists around the world take turns to leave their mark and create an unprecedented work with one single piece of leather. This project has been so well received, giving us so much gratification and so many stories to tell, that we soon found ourselves creating the b2zone magazine—an online magazine that, through impressive pictures and personal stories, presents the work of our artists to the general public, free of charge. That all wasn’t planned. We never intended to become a huge Facebook group. Our focus was (and is) quality over quantity.

The fact that our group has grown steadily and that our online magazine has developed into a bona fide compendium surprised us. But it motivates us all the more to continue with our work. What goes online, stays online. Therefore, it has always been important for us to provide the best online framework to present our members. At first, it was all in the hands of Gina, Rodrigo and Roland, but just as the stories and offers of the magazine increased, so did the hands that support it. Stefanie and Sandra joined in. Everyone makes an important contribution. So here we are after almost two years, a small, fine group of great artists, a living initiative of leather artists in “Artwork Around the World,” and an online magazine that increases in popularity with the outside world, attracting more and more artists from other platforms.

In the midst of these very positive developments, we have decided to pause for a moment and to dedicate a permanent space in the b2zone magazine to the b2zone artwork collection group, which has always supported us with their valuable contributions. This dedication is to honor the fact that out of a small idea, out of a small group, a great project has emerged, a project that grows constantly. The “b2zone artwork collection” column will remain an exclusive place where the work of the group members will be presented. With this special dedication, we want to thank the b2zone artwork collection group for their great support. We look forward to continuing to share your stories.

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Loona Cavalier likes to mix materials to create her unique art

 

Canada

Loona Cavalier is a self-taught artisan who has dedicated herself to leatherwork and woodwork. Born and raised in Germany, she and her husband decided to move to Alberta, Canada, in 2008 to enjoy the Canadian way and the beauty of its wonderful countryside. Even though Loona’s creativity was present since childhood, she never thought to make a living from it. After she graduated from school, Loona started an apprenticeship as a nurse and worked as such until she and her husband decided to leave Germany for good. Loona’s artistic journey started several years ago when she needed a purse, nothing ordinary or from a retail store. She decided to make one herself. During her quest to figure it out, she came across leathercrafting and fell in love with it, deciding to learn the techniques and finesse of this craft on her own.

 

 

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Her love for natural materials, their durability, and the possibilities they offer to create beautiful and useful items, eventually led her to woodturning and resin casting, which is her new passion. When she bought her first lathe, Loona’s hobby turned into an endless pool of ideas. Once more, she was hooked. Learning by doing, she explored woodturning and what could be done with it. Loona likes to mix materials, like different types of wood, seed pots like pine cones, or even pasta or coffee beans. Mixing these materials allows her to create beautiful, unique, and useful items that cannot be found in normal stores. Whether hiking up in the Rocky Mountains with her husband or sitting in her garden, Loona takes her inspiration from nature and the beautiful environment in which she lives. What started as a hobby soon turned into a business. Loona sells her unique and beautiful items online and at local craft markets.

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Helen Rietz loves watercolor art for its unforgiveness

 

Montana, U.S.

American Painting artist Helen Rietz, raised in rural Michigan, is well-known for her richly detailed and intricate “old west” watercolor artwork. Although she dabbled in art as a child and enjoyed stage design in college, painting is Helen’s second career. After graduating from school and getting married, she spent years in California working for a global consulting firm. Helen always loved the open land and its wildlife. When she and her husband traveled through Africa, Latin America, India, and Australia, her dream of exploring the world became true. Traveling brought her life to a turning point and to think over her fast-paced career. She and her husband decided then to uproot their lives and to move to the Intermountain West where the open spaces and natural beauty of the countryside gave her time and freedom to rediscover Art.

Inspired by the history of her new home and the rugged independence of its people, she began to capture the images of this disappearing western life. Today, Helen’s home is in Helena, Montana, a former gold mining town. She and her husband spend long days, even weeks roaming the Western countryside. Old barns, homesteads, grain elevators, abandoned trucks and tractors, ghost towns and more are all inspiration for her work. Her subject matter is unique and unexplored by other artists, which results from her willingness to drive the rutted back roads and to get grimy climbing through crumbling buildings. At first, watercolor sounded like an easy medium to Helen but, when she took her first painting course, she discovered watercolor’s difficulty and its unforgiveness, especially true for realism. However, Helen enjoyed the feel of the paint as well as the vivid colors, so she stuck to it.

 

 

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Over the years Helen has found two mentors who have been key to her success as an artist. The first one is Ian Roberts, a nationally-known artist and author who has helped her to achieve a strong sense of composition. The second artist is Alan Shuptrine, a realism watercolor painter who lives in Tennessee. Alan Shuptrine has helped Helen to understand where and how to create rich detail that sets her work apart, and they paint together as often as they can. Painting is Helen’s passion. It inspires her to get up every day before dawn to paint in her studio. After that, she loves saddling up and riding her wonderful Quarter Horse mare Daisy.

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The Voice of Art exemplary Raphael Truffi Bortholuzzi

 

Raphael Truffi Bortholuzzi creates the world in miniature. With devotion, he sketches individual objects or entire scenes. His ability to reproduce things through perfect imitation in the smallest size possible is impressive in every respect. The dexterity and creativity he manages to channel into the reproduction of items like the side mirror or the windshield wipers of a Subaru (on its own or in different weather conditions) are remarkable.With this extraordinary artistry, Raphael Truffi Bortholuzzi is a Voice of Art for us. His impressive pictures let us participate in his creative process as much as in his finished work. The difference between reality and his realistic, artificially-created environments is vanishingly small, even if one takes a close look. Only by direct comparison to real-size objects can the miniature representations of Raphael Truffi Bortholuzzi be recognized as such.

 

The Voice: the miniature forms and scenes created by Raphael Truffi Bortholuzzi encapsulate such realism and such great attention to detail that one can hardly recognize the difference between them and reality.

 

 b2zone magazine edition 21 Raphael Truffi Bortholuzzi Voice of Art

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Angelique van Meel is passionate about leather craft and painting

 

The Netherlands

Angelique van Meel aka Angelique van Alebeek is a Dutch artist with a creative mind, passionate about leather craft and painting. As a science teaching instructor, she always used her creativity to build new lesson plans and to find solutions for the issues teaching presents. Her artistic career started in the year 2008 when she took a freeform painting class that unleashed a different creative side in her. The painting techniques she learned are the same she uses today in her leather craft projects, her painted stones, and other art projects. Angelique does not plan much of her painting but rather follows her intuition, allowing her artwork to take shape as she works on it, letting the painting to tell its own story like a fairytale. Traditional archery is another passion of Angelique. She had always wanted to learn how to shoot with a bow and in 2013 she fell in love with the sport after trying it during a vacation with her husband in the Czech Republic, a shared hobby of theirs ever since.

 

 

Angelique van Meel

 

 

The beauty and uniqueness of a handmade leather archery quiver she bought in 2015 intrigued Angelique so much that she decided to find out more about that kind of work. After taking a leather craft course and once she became familiar with the basics, she started her own projects to further her skills. While her first pieces were small like fobs or bracelets she now crafts a lot of commissioned archery equipment. Most of Angelique’s paintings are on stones and canvases but she has recently started to paint on feathers. Having also taken on writing, she is currently working on a book for young adults that she hopes to get published one day. Angelique describes her painting style as detailed, colorful, and influenced by animé. Always seeking for new ways to create, she often finds inspiration in the work of fellow crafters and artists, Anton de Wit being one of her favorites and a direct source of practical tips.

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The Voice of Art exemplary Jim Hughes

 

Jim Hughes is one of the most outstanding bone and antler carvers worldwide and we’ve been great fans since we’ve known him. As a passionate perfectionist who creates filigree wonders with his bare hands, Jim Hughes’ repertoire ranges from delicate-looking feathers to marine animals with elements of their natural environment. It is simply overwhelming. Each of his works is a masterpiece. We have selected Jim Hughes to be our Voice of Art because he succeeds in demonstrating his claim to perfection not only through his carvings but also through his exceptionally expressive photographs. Through his work, we can see Jim in his element where his creations and his story become conceivable for the viewer. His images fuel the desire to learn more about him and his art, to take part in it, to buy it. One can learn more about his artistic career in his #b2zonemagazine portrait.

 

The Voice: through the expressive depiction of his extraordinary carving, Jim Hughes makes his mark and brings it to the people.

 

 

Voice of Art Jim Hughes

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Dianne Bettis discovered her passion for needle felting

 

England

Dianne Bettis is a self-taught needle felting artist from London, England, who currently resides in Perth, Australia, with her husband and her beloved cat. Her father was a tailor and the owner of a grocery store while her mother worked as a croupier in a gambling club. Both her parents were born and bred in Stepney, East End of London, but Dianne spent much of her time in London where she worked as a PA for a Professor in Histopathology until 1991 when she moved with her husband to Perth. Dianne has relocated back to the UK a couple times but the Indian Ocean always drew her back “Down Under.” Never receiving any formal training, Dianne has always dabbled in painting, drawing, and textile art. In 2014, she stumbled upon needle felting whilst surfing the internet where she found a beautiful felt sculpture of a majestic eagle so unbelievably lifelike that she wondered how it could be made just from wool. She researched further and realized she could easily obtain a beginners needle felting hare kit and decided to give it a go.

 

 

Dianne-Bettis

 

 

That is how Dianne’s wonderful love affair with fiber art began. Online images of woodland or exotic creatures that she studies to understand their shape, skeleton, musculature, and pelt are Dianne’s main source of inspiration. For her creations, she first makes a wire armature onto which she gradually builds the layers of flesh, muscles, and fur, batting and roving with a single barbed felting needle. Dianne believes that anything can be created with wool fiber and she says that the craft takes her into other worlds as she works on her sculptures. She gives each of her creatures a unique and own personality that is visible in their eyes. There are also a few felt artists that Dianne admires (and from whom she takes inspiration) such as Sara Renzulli, Malachai K. Beesley, Yvonne Herbst, and Lindsey Tyson. Needle felting helps Dianne to relax and to escape the real world as she loses herself completely in this wonderful art form.

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The Voice of Art exemplary Noemi Rafel and Fermosos Fierros

 

Most of us are lone fighters. Noemi Rafel and Fermosos Fierros are outstanding individual artists. Noemi creates the finest scrimshaw and engraves at the highest level. Her choice of motifs with historical references are a crowning achievement of her art. Fermosos Fierros is a master of the blades. He makes beautiful blacksmithing in the form of knives with elaborate handles. The two are a couple, not only in life, but also in art. That is a particularity. Noemi Rafel & Fermosos Fierros produce extraordinary works of art which, through the synergy of their craftsmanship, become twofold, unique pieces.

 

The Voice: The joint artwork by Noemi Rafel and Fermosos Fierros is perfect synergetic craftsmanship.

 

b2zone magazine E18 Voice of Art Noemi and Fermosos

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Eleana Antonopoyloy combines leather art with pyrography

 

Greece

Eleana Antonopoyloy is a self-taught leather artisan from Athens, the capital of Greece. She had her first contact with leather while she was studying architecture in Crete, the largest of the Greek islands and one with a long history in leather crafting. There is a large number of leather crafters in Crete who produce various types of work with this ancient material. One day in 2009, Eleana was asked by a friend if she could make him a leather tobacco pouch because he was tired of the poor quality of the commercial ones. Never having done anything like this, Eleana felt rather insecure at first, wondering if she would be able to achieve the goal. Her friend mentioned that if Eleana was able to design buildings, she would also be able to create a tobacco pouch. Eleana accepted the challenge. This was her very first leather project, so she did not own any working equipment or had any knowledge about the craft. However, Eleana remembered being highly creative as a child, making her own toys out of paper and other materials she had at hand. It took her five months to gather all the required tools, materials, patterns, and tutorials. Eventually, after becoming familiar with it all, she finished her first tobacco pouch.

 

 

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The final result gave her much satisfaction and excitement, and it lit the flame to continue working with leather. Out of the spare material from her first project, Eleana created several other pouches that she gave to her friends as gifts. Eleana never took any classes nor did anyone show her how to work with leather. She found her very own way of crafting. Not too long after she crafted her new creations, Eleana discovered pyrography as a great way to decorate her work. It took her one year to learn about the different kinds of leather, to find suppliers, and to learn how to do pyrography on leather. Eleana uses soft, semi-vegetal tanned leather for her pouches and full vegetal tanned leather for other items. She finds her inspiration in nature and in her own emotions; working with leather always makes her happy and fulfilled. She loves to draw maps, animals, trees, portraits and manga characters. By giving her items a vintage look, Eleana makes them even more.

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The Voice of Art exemplary Ann-Maree Ager

 

We are very pleased that leather artist Ann-Maree Ager is the Voice of Art in the 17th edition of our b2zone magazine. The Australian artist leaves an impression with her colorful leather creations as well as her motif selection. You can read in her portrait in our magazine about the journey that took her from teaching art to creating art. Ann-Maree discovered a way to transform leather into art objects. She molds leather pictures, sculptures and animals. Her colorful artwork, characterized by Australian flora and fauna, can be seen today in numerous exhibitions.

 

 

The Voice: With her enthusiasm for material experimentation Ann-Maree creates extraordinary art objects with colorful motifs.

 

 

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The paintings of Annika Persson are influenced by her nomadic spirit

 

Sweden

Annika Persson, born in 1972, is a Swedish painter from a small village called Staffanstorp. She grew up in a down-to-earth family of workers and farmers. Annika would draw and paint whenever she had the chance, even during lessons, often frustrating her schoolteachers. Drawing and painting were things she could trust; things at which she was always convinced to be good. Growing up, she wanted to become either a painter or a storyteller. Her family shook their heads in disbelief, wondering what the source of such silly and unrealistic ideas could be. They were of the mindset that she should get a proper job instead of chasing dreams. As life continued, her painting career aspirations were downgraded to just a hobby.

Annika worked herself though many occupations: selling soft serve and handmade jewelry at the beach in Puerto Rico or the Canary Islands, running a boutique with her best friend, and working as a waitress and a care assistant. Four years ago, Annika moved back to Sweden and bought an old but pretty and quirky cottage, where she now lives. She works as a Transportation supervisor at present. Her vivid imagination and her nomadic spirit often have her wonder about the meaning of life, and about what happens before and after it. Looking for answers, she even spent five years studying religion and ancient Hebrew at the University of Lund. Life and a never-ending stream of fascinating dreams are her main sources of inspiration. Painting, the only constant throughout all the years of change, is a therapy for her soul as much as a way to process the challenging lessons in life.

 

 

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Annika has often been called a naïve artist and a surrealist painter by critiques, but sees herself as a symbolist. She admires Salvador Dalí and Marc Chagall, yet her style is completely different. She began with watercolors in her twenties, moved on to oils in her thirties, and to acrylics in her forties. Annika paints what she finds in her heart, which makes her feel relaxed, balanced, and happy. Her work has been exhibited in London, Florence, and Skanör. In April 2017, she published her first book “Stardust and precious grains of wisdom: paintings and poems.” Through her art, Annika wishes to tell stories. Her goal is to make those who view her artwork feel good, providing hope and reassurance to those who need it.

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The Voice of Art exemplary Akie Nakata

 

We had the honor to get to know and appreciate outstanding artist Akie Nakata through her cover story in our b2zone magazine. It is now a pleasure to have her represent our Voice of Art in our latest issue. Akie’s artistic approach and skills are impressive. She is convinced that every single stone she finds contains an animal motif within and takes it as her duty to bring it out visually. Oftentimes, working on very small surfaces and levels, she manages to place a deceptively realistic animal on her stones. The eye is convinced of having caught sight of a real owl, salamander, koala bear, a lion or a snake. Every observer is captivated by her superb artistic precision.

 

 

The Voice: Akie has an extraordinary ability to recognize forms, bring them to life in a deceptively realistic way and transport them directly into the heart of the viewer.

 

 Akie wrote: I want to paint the life, the living spirit of the being I feel inside the stone. This stone measures only W35 x D20 x H20 mm.

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Teresa Hoffman is a versatile artist who creates wonderful drawings and paintings

 

Dallas, U.S.

American artist Teresa Hoffman considers the Dallas/Fort Worth area a wonderful place to find success. She was born in 1955 in Paola, Kansas, but her family moved to Texas when she was 8. Teresa has lived there ever since. After finishing high school at Richland High (in the Mid-Cities area) she attended Tarrant County Junior College to study industrial media. She then spent one year at the University of Texas at Arlington. Art courses were not part of Teresa’s formal education but she always liked to draw since her early childhood. Her mother was also an artist and she used to watch her work when she was little. Teresa entered the fulltime workforce in 1976 but became self-employed 15 years later, providing advertising and illustration services in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to clients such as Pier One Imports, GTE Place, the Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center, the American Paint Horse Association, KTXA and KERA Television and the Texas Times newspaper. The entertainment column she wrote from 1984 to 1993 gave Teresa the opportunity to interview and photograph many talented people.

 

 

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In 1999, she started working fulltime for the advertising department of Tandy Leather where she remained for the next 17 years. On top of her advertising and illustration skills, Teresa is talented in the fine arts. She works in her home art studio creating paintings, drawings and collages to which she applies many different techniques and materials. The vast versatility of materials available to her is something she greatly enjoys. Pen and ink, pencil, graphite dust, oil pastels, oil paints and acrylics are some of the media she incorporates into the different styles of her artwork. She uses cold press watercolor board as well as Bristol board and hot press smooth board for wet and dry media. Teresa’s artistic skills are primarily self-taught but she has had some mentors like Don Ivan Punchatz, leather craft master Jim Linnell and her friend Charlie Jenks. Her sources of inspiration are Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, Dalí, Georgia O’Keefe as well as golden age illustrators Dulac, Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Patrick Woodruffe, Kit Williams and William Heath Robinson. Another important source of inspiration for Teresa has always been her brother Chris, who is an Adobe Illustrator genius.

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The Voice of Art exemplary Juergen Volbach

 

Jürgen Volbach stands out with work that has won more than a few international prizes. If you take some time to read his biography in Cover Story Edition 14 you will likely be amazed by the variety of his skills: engraver, goldsmith, draftsman, leather artist and passionate experimenter of different craftmanships and their techniques. His life has always been dedicated to art. An impressive level of perfection is to be found in all his work. The accuracy of an engraver and goldsmith, the eye of a draftsman and the delicacy of a leathermaster are embodied in his creations.

 

 

The Voice: Jürgen Volbach breathes perfection in an impressive array of craftsmanships

 

 

Jürgen Volbach

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Fine art by Mark Noble

 

Hampshire, England

Mark Noble is an artist from Hampshire, England. He moved to Somerset county in 1970 where he still resides. Even though artistry did not run in his family, Mark has spent his entire life drawing and painting. He began to take art seriously during college, where his talent was made evident by an art teacher who said that there was not so much he could teach him. During his thirties, Mark got busy with normal life and set his painting equipment aside for a couple of years. He picked it back up in 2001 and has been painting ever since. After realizing that his whole artistic path had been self-taught he decided to study fine arts at the University of Bath, remaining there from 2006 until 2009. The array of paints Mark uses includes oil, acrylics and watercolor. He uses anything from knives, paint brushes, shaving brushes and toothbrushes to his own fingers and hands to apply the paint to the canvas. Mark doesn’t work in a fancy studio but creates most of his artwork at his kitchen table. He occasionally uses an easel when painting in the outdoors.

 

 

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Many of Mark’s paintings are inspired by the works of Turner, F. Edwin Church and Monet. What Mark so much admires about these artists is the way light is captured in their paintings. Another important source of inspiration for Mark is water, as the basis of all beings. Mark grew up by the sea, often watching the storms and the raging water coming in. This is one of his favorite themes and he includes it in many of his landscape paintings to remind people of their roots and the beauty around them. Mark has recently discovered abstract painting, an addition to his artistic skills and a different way of expressing himself and his love for nature. Mark has exhibited his work in the U.K. and other European countries. He is currently setting up a teaching program where he offers painting classes for beginning and advanced artists who wish to follow the same dream he once followed: the dream of becoming an artist.

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The Voice of Art exemplary Froggies Unique Glass Beads

 

We are enthusiastic Froggies fans at least since their cover story and featuring in the b2zone Magazine. Each piece of work has a captivating effect. These colorful, lively and humorous creations delight their viewers no matter how old, young, big or small. All Froggies make it in their very unique way right into the hearts of people. Irrespectively of whether they are finished with tones of nail polish, end up as a pacifier or simply rest there curiously watching, those glass beads are simply adorable. Froggies creates exceptionally memorable works of art.

 

 

The Voice: Froggies creations are unique in how they bring together a loving touch with aesthetics in glass art that captivates the viewer.

 

 

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Beautiful paintings and pottery by Rose Lewandowski

 

Taylor, U.S.

Rose Lewandowski is a versatile painting and pottery artist born in Taylor, a city in the U.S. Both her mother and grandmother were fine art artists so Rose started creating very early on. She began with wats a small child but expanded to acrylics, oils and pastels as she grew up. In 1973, she also started doing pottery. Rose remembers how she always loved to feel the clay in her hands as a young girl. Her family lived in an area that had large grey clay deposits that she used to dig out to make things. When Rose got the chance to make real pottery in 1973 it felt like home. Two years later, at the age of 16, she attended her first pottery show and has made hundreds of bowls, vases and sculptures since then. Nowadays Rose is well-known in her area for her ceramics. During the last couple of months, she has been working with acrylics, creating many new pieces while her new ceramic studio got finished.

She could hardly wait to get her hands in that clay again and make pottery. Rose lives surrounded by beautiful nature in the country side at a lake in the Irish Hills area. That is where she gets her inspiration for all her art. She is a great admirer of Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo’s works and her tenacity and will to create fueled Rose in times of low spirit. Her creations pile up when the muse inspires her. She has participated in countless shows and has also curated several of them to promote new artists. Giving upcoming artists a platform to step up is an important and special task for Rose. She has worked at the “Empty Bowl” community in the past and has the future aspiration to create 50 small bowls as a fundraiser to feed the hungry. Rose donates some of her pieces to be auctioned for several charities. Her firm belief is that all art comes from the heart and soul of the artist and that “the only way to grow as an artist is to create and share the gift you were given.”

 

 

Rose Lewandowski

 

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The Voice of Art exemplary Alessandro Della Pietra

 

We are big fans of Alessandro (a.k.a. Al Digit) and have already given you an insight into his impressive work through our cover story, his interview and an exhibition. In this issue of the b2zone magazine we also want to give him a place in our Voice of Art for the moving composition of his pictures. Alessandro manages to give depth to a picture in an inimitable manner. The atmosphere he creates is simply special as well as his ability to draw viewers into the spell of his imagination making them experience the thrill of every new detail awaiting to be discovered. Viewers find themselves in the picture and the picture stares back at them. Who can’t listen to the flute music of the little mouse blowing into a telescope? The rocking horse is definitely rocking.

 

 

The Voice: Alessandro manages to create perceptible movements in his pictures

 

 

Little-mouse

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Wildlife and cowboys inspire Kallie Venter for his leather art

 

South Africa

Kallie Venter (Carel Francois Venter) is a South African leather artisan. He was born in Pretoria but now resides in Centurion, a town in the province of Gauteng. Creativity has always been a part of him and, as a child, he already loved making things. His favorite subjects in primary school were art and woodworking. When he started high school, it was in woodworking class where he felt “at home and alive.” His father used to do leatherwork but had to put it aside due to life circumstances. He kept his tools and a few supplies so Kallie could start to play around with them. Kallie was then a teenager who didn’t know what he was doing. Nevertheless, after his exams on his first year of high school he finished handcrafting his first handmade leather bag made from scraps he gathered at a local upholstery shop. His family moved to a town called Brits a year later where Kallie worked with his dad in a small business but he also wanted to find leather and supplies again to pick leatherwork back up. It wasn’t easy then without internet access so starting again had to be put off for a few more years. After Kallie met his wife he started working as a wireless technician and internet service provider.

This allowed him to finally search for a place where he could buy his first piece of natural vegetable tanned leather to make his own belts. He had been saving up money and, in 2013, he took a day off and went with his dad to get the things he needed to get started. Kallie had always been fascinated by the work done on horse saddles and western holsters so he told his wife that one day he would make something like that too. Adequate tools were very expensive. Kallie played around and made basic things for people with whom he had worked. Some people he knew even paid for what he made. That was very helpful to gather more supplies to pursue leatherwork the way he had dreamed. In 2015, after he had started making holsters, leather suspenders, bottle covers and more, he decided to leave his job and pursue leatherwork full time. Kallie continues to learn on his own from the books of Al Stohlman. But he also learns from artists he follows on social media like Peter Main, Jim Linell and Gina Adam. Wildlife and hunting, as well as horses and cowboys, are themes on which he loves to base his work because they represent his family culture. Kallie always strives to deliver high quality work. His greatest satisfaction and highest reward is always a happy customer.

 

 

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The Voice of Art exemplary of Felicity Mcnamara

 

Aristotle coined the phrase “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This also applies to art. Works of art that reflect the particularities of a country, a culture or a subject allow artists all over the world to stand out when the sum of the individual parts are combined into one whole. This synergy between art and the immediate writing of history deserves a “Voice of Art.”

Felicity Mcnamara is a particularly striking artist due to her close connection with her surroundings. This connection to life and the world around her is clearly evident in her work. An elephant embossed as a motif for a bag reveals something about her life and her cultural realm. But she does not stop there. Felicity reinforces the motif by shaping the flap of the bag like an elephant’s ear. Thus, transforming her work into a narrative about her cultural and living space.

 

The Voice: Felicity Mcnamara successfully establishes that link between artists, work of art, country and culture.

 

 

Felicity Manamara Voice of Art

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