DesignArtelN1

Иконописная мастерская «Дизайн Артель №1»

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DesignArtelN1

Иконописная мастерская «Дизайн Артель №1»

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Elena Ermoshina

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Elena Ermoshina

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«Икона – это Евангелие в красках» «The icon is the Gospel portrayed in the paint»

ABOUT US
The icon-painting workshop «Design Artel №1» was found by us, Ivan and Vladimir, artists by true vocation, in 1995 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and realized with the blessing of the Metropolitan of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas, Nickolay (Kutepov).
A huge amount of thorough research efforts were made in order to launch this business. We had been gathering a lot of information concerning the Old Russian painting techniques, methods and icon painting schools styles of XIV – XIX centuries, spending a lot of time in archives and libraries.
Nowadays the works of the «Design Artel №1» are presented in many cathedrals of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. What is more, the great number of icons created by our workshop was acquired by believers, connoisseurs of art in Russia, as well as abroad. Our works were repeatedly displayed on church and secular art exhibitions.
Furthermore we have a lot of experience in the ancient icons restoration and in performing mural (fresco) painting.
The activity of our workshop «Design Artel №1» is not only about business. We are willing to prove people from all over the world the real beauty of Russian icon and to show how the true one painted by hand should look like in accordance with the established Canons.
Our works are performed with the usage of the ancient techniques and natural materials and components which are made by us. Therefore we ensure that through the time the icon painted by us will not distort, the colours will not fade and the surface will not crack.
We have been working together more than 20 years and a countless number of wonderful icons has been painted during this long time. Some of our works are presented on our web-site http://design-artel.com.
At your wish you can acquire a completely finished icon or make an order for the customized work painting with specified theme, size and other options.
Pay your attention please! The time of an icon painting is about 2-3 weeks; therefore take this period into consideration when you make an order.

HOW DO WE WORK?
Now we are going to reveal some methods and techniques of our work in order to make you sure that our icons are of the highest quality. Besides we hope that our guide will help you to choose icons with knowledge even if you are going to make an order in another workshop.
Board. The linden tree is mainly used for the production of boards. It has softwood lumber; it is resistant to the temperature gradient and high humidity and not resinous. We use only well-dried wood.
Then a number of slits for back slats is made at the back of the board. It is necessary for preventing warping of the main board during drying process. On the front side a concavity named Kovtcheg(the Ark) is carved.
Levkas (gesso). It is a special primer which we produce by ourselves in accordance with ancient receipts with the usage of chalk. At first, the board is covered with a layer of canvas (a linen cloth) and then with a coating of gesso. The gesso is applied very thin layer and then dried. A number of layers varies from 10 to 20. This process is extremely laborious and time-consuming. When all layers of levkas have dried, the board is polished to create a shiny, smooth surface and then is ready for the process of painting.
Image. There are established particular rules of saints and holy figures depiction in the Russian icon-painting. Specific features and appearance are defined for each saint. In our painting we strictly follow all the canons and the rules of the inverse perspective which is distinguishing just for the Orthodox icon-painting.
Gold plating. Some areas can be applied by gold leaf (24 carats).
Paints. We usually use egg tempera on the basis of natural components and dyes for which every pigment is rubbed thoroughly with egg emulsion.
In order to give the paints lightness and airiness, we apply them in several layers (sometimes it reaches 200 and more layers of paints).
Applying a protective layer. The front side of an icon is coated by drying oil or protective varnish which are produced with our own hand. This coat protects an icon against scratches, damages and temperature gradient. Lateral and back sides of an icon are treated by special protective solution.
Separate stage of our work you can see in the photographs.

WHAT TYPES OF ICON EXIST?
Do you want to make a present to a beloved person? You can get acquainted with some different kinds of icons below in order to make the right choice.
Name’s icon. A heavenly protector of a person who is given his name at baptism is depicted in this type of icons. For instance, it might be the image of Saint George for George, Saint Mary for Mary and so one. These icons can be of different size and can be given in any person’s age.
Measuring(measured) icon (is a kind of a name’s icon). There was the custom in Russia: when a child was born, an icon was ordered with a picture of a saint in whose honor this child was named. The main feature of this icon was the size which corresponded to the child’s height at his or her birthday. This kind of icon would be a great present from godparents.
Family icon. It portrays several Saints whose names are given to members of a family.
Wedding icons. According to the Orthodox custom a couple should have the special wedding icon pair – the image of the Blessed Virgin for a bride and the Savior for a groom.
Furthermore, there are icons not only for warriors (the images of Saint George and Saint Alexander Nevsky), hunters (the icon of St. Tryphon), for patronage of trade and success in business, but also for travelers (the image of St.Nicholas) and for healing a sick person (the icon of St.Pantaleon).
An icon can display the scenes from the Gospel: the Nativity of Jesus, the Baptism, the Transfiguration of Jesus, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the Last Supper, the Resurrection of Jesus and others.

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