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"My first contact with Repoussé technique gave me an idea
of the richness of metalworking and unvealed my own sensibility
for the Visual Arts.
Actually my own interpretation and creativity rests particularly
upon the ancient techniques of Chasing and Repoussé. Both
of them are absolutely dependent on a well-developed drawing
ability and the correct use of the chasing tools. These metalworking
techniques trained my eyes for accuracy so to create harmonic
images impressed in metal.
Each piece is completely hand-made which makes every metalwork
unique and peculiar. The surface of every piece is colored
with patina so to produce oxidation and then it is polished
to enhance the overall design.
The pieces that I've been creating recently are religious
works based on traditional Catholic and Jewish motifs. The
combination of religious themes and metals are a strong visual
inspiration for my artwork..."
...Each icon is handwrought tin or silver repoussé and chased to create
decorative relief in metal. The textures created by this procedure
are at first simple, then wealthy and refined. I applied the
old techniques skills to create the miniature scale icons
in tin metal, trying to capture exquisite designs. I really
enjoy getting more into the detail, no matter how long it
takes me. I am eager to learn more and improve my skills.
All I know I learned by myself, and I'm definitely doing what
I most love to do: metalworking. My quest for skill and knowledge
has rewarded to me with the great opportunity to learn by
Master Silversmith Valentin Yotkov, who is helping me to improve
my metalsmithing techniques. A great opportunity to learn
and work with magnificent tools and new metals: copper and
silver. It is a little more difficult for me than for the
other artists to do Chasing and Repoussé because of
my visual limitations, but believe me I love this technique.
For me, every day is a new challenge and I feel inspired..."
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