BistraHristova

Original photography on wood, stone, and paper.

Asheville, North Carolina

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Announcement    Happy Winter and Welcome to my handcrafted photo gallery🙏!
🎅For larger prints, framed photos and canvas prints, please visit www.bistra-hristova.pixels.com.

🎅Please follow my Instagram gallery @bistraphotography.

🎅Venues where you can find my photography in person:
1. Garage on 25 in Fletcher, NC.
2. Gallery of the Mountains in the Grove Park Inn, Asheville NC.
3. Downtown books and news, Asheville NC
4. Grove Arcade Makers Market in downtown Asheville, NC.

🎅My name is Bistra Hristova and I am the photographer and maker of all creations here. I am originally from Bulgaria, but I currently live and work in North Carolina, USA. My goal is to share great photos of nature on salvaged materials so I can inspire others to enjoy and protect our fragile environment.

🎅I am passionate about traveling and hiking so I mainly take photos of landscapes and wildlife with occasional city scapes and architectural details. I have a background in art and crafts, so I particularly love making mixed media ink photo transfers on reclaimed natural materials. I salvage wood, marble and travertine from construction sites, design showrooms, old barns and craigslist.

🎅In my shop you can find unique handmade photo art for home decor and for gifts - frameable photo prints, one-of-a-kind photos transferred by hand on reclaimed wood and stone, and phototransfers on salvaged cabinet doors.

🎅If you would like to know more about me and my inspirations to create unique photo art on recycled wood and stone, please visit my " About" page here
https://www.etsy.com/shop/bistrahristova#about

🎅 Everything in my shop ships within 1-2 days and is free in the United States.

Enjoy browsing and feel free to message me any questions before you order.

Happy browsing!🎅

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Happy Winter and Welcome to my handcrafted photo gallery🙏!
🎅For larger prints, framed photos and canvas prints, please visit www.bistra-hristova.pixels.com.

🎅Please follow my Instagram gallery @bistraphotography.

🎅Venues where you can find my photography in person:
1. Garage on 25 in Fletcher, NC.
2. Gallery of the Mountains in the Grove Park Inn, Asheville NC.
3. Downtown books and news, Asheville NC
4. Grove Arcade Makers Market in downtown Asheville, NC.

🎅My name is Bistra Hristova and I am the photographer and maker of all creations here. I am originally from Bulgaria, but I currently live and work in North Carolina, USA. My goal is to share great photos of nature on salvaged materials so I can inspire others to enjoy and protect our fragile environment.

🎅I am passionate about traveling and hiking so I mainly take photos of landscapes and wildlife with occasional city scapes and architectural details. I have a background in art and crafts, so I particularly love making mixed media ink photo transfers on reclaimed natural materials. I salvage wood, marble and travertine from construction sites, design showrooms, old barns and craigslist.

🎅In my shop you can find unique handmade photo art for home decor and for gifts - frameable photo prints, one-of-a-kind photos transferred by hand on reclaimed wood and stone, and phototransfers on salvaged cabinet doors.

🎅If you would like to know more about me and my inspirations to create unique photo art on recycled wood and stone, please visit my " About" page here
https://www.etsy.com/shop/bistrahristova#about

🎅 Everything in my shop ships within 1-2 days and is free in the United States.

Enjoy browsing and feel free to message me any questions before you order.

Happy browsing!🎅

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About BistraHristova

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On Etsy since 2016

To share my photographic art is to share my love for Nature. It gives me Joy and Purpose...

I grew up in Bulgaria in a very adventurous, artful and talented family.
I went on my first winter hike when I was four, started painting when I was in kindergarten, began singing in a folk ensemble when I was eight and got my first camera in my early teens.

My father installed in me the sense of wonder and love for nature with regular trips to the Bulgarian mountains and the Black Sea coast. He taught me how to craft beautiful objects from different materials and how to work with manly tools. He was an artist and as I watched him doodle and paint, I got used to carrying a sketchbook and drawing all the time. My father also initiated me into the dark room where I started developing my own black and white photographs. My mother inspired me to fall in love with crafts like knitting, sewing, and weaving. Both my parents and my sister were musical, so every gathering was filled with folk songs.

As a result of my well-rounded upbringing, I developed a curiosity for new experiences and a passion for acquiring new skills. I explored three different careers after getting degrees in English (from Bulgaria), in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (from North Carolina, USA) and in Interior Design/Painting (from Oregon, USA). All the skills, knowledge and expertise from those jobs have actually given me the ability to be what I am today.

Presently, I am a freelance photographer and artisan. My obsession with traveling and sharing my love for nature has made me the happiest and the most satisfied of all my occupations. Not only it combines all the skills from my past jobs and hobbies, but it gives me a great sense of purpose. I strive to touch my customers with timeless photo images, which can evoke deep appreciation and desire to protect nature. I work constantly on perfecting the aesthetics of my art so people can have a beautiful piece of art as home decor and can cherish it for many years.

Since I work full time at several artisan markets and art fairs, I am used to meeting my customers in person and hearing their feedback face to face. I would love it if you share your impressions here as well.

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Instagram (fine art photography) : https://www.instagram.com/bistraphotography
Website : www.bistra-hristova.pixels.com


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    Traveler, photographer, maker of handcrafted photos on wood and stone, craft fair vendor, creator of unique gifts, protector of Earth and all its creatures.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Do you make personalised photos on wood with customers' own images?

Unfortunately, I do not offer this service and product. The idea behind my Etsy shop is to share my own photography and to sell my own images as wall art, home decor and gifts. But there are many Etsy sellers who specialize exactly in the personalized photos on wood.

Can I order a different size photo on wood if it is not listed?

Generally, most of the photos on wood/stone I post in my Etsy shop are unique and are made on salvaged or reclaimed materials, which are rare finds. Having said that, however, if you want a different size, I can definitely make a custom phototransfer but it might be on a different kind of material - for example if the original was on barn wood, the larger size will be on a birch panel veneer or on rustic pine. So feel free to message me and I can discuss all the options with pricing.

Can I order a differen size photo print?

Yes. I currently only offer card size photo prints (5"x7"), but if you would like a different size, I will direct you to my website www.bistra-hristova.pixels.com where you can choose from a vast array of sizes and materials.

How do you make the phototransfers on wood or stone?

I make the photos on wood or stone 100% by hand that is why they are always one of a kind. I use an original landscape image that I have taken. I edit the digital photo, then I print it on paper, and then I glue the paper face down to the wood /stone using special gel mediums. After the paper is completely dry, I removed it by meticulously ribbing it off by hand to reveal the seamless fusion of photo and wood. Sometimes, in order for the colors to show exactly the way they were on the photo print, I paint a base layer of white before I transfer the image. Then I seal the material with water/UV resistant varnish to withstand fading, yellowing, and staining.

How do I take care of the photos on wood/stone?

The phototransfers on wood and stone are made with natural materials so the images on those materials are sealed with water/uv resistant varnish. The way you treat the art is the way you would treat a piece of furniture - keep it away from direct heat, sunlight, water and protect it from scratching and denting. The stone photos of course are fragile and can be broken if dropped so handle them carefully. If the pieces get dirty or dusty, it is perfectly OK to wipe them or clean them with a wet cloth.

What kinds of materials do you use for the phototransfers on wood and stone?

One of the goals for my business is to keep it as sustainable as possible, which means to buy less raw materials, to reuse more and to prevent more trash going the the land fields. That is why, I am proud to say that almost 90% of the materials I use for my phototransfers are salvaged, reclaimed and saved from the trash. I use cabinet door samples from kitchen and bath design showrooms, I collect left over lumber from construction sites, I pick up free material from Craigslist and I get rejects from tile show rooms. Of course, when I get custom orders for specific sizes, I am limited to what wood I have on hand,so then I sometimes have to purchase new pine wood or birch veneer panels, but that happens fairly rarely.

Do you ship internationally?

I do not offer this readily for my items in my Etsy store because I try to keep the ordering process easy by having free shipping in the USA. Since I use a lot of salvaged wood and stone, each item has unique dimensions and weight and I cannot calculate shipping for every listing I have. However, if you really would like a photo shipped overseas, I can discuss the option and prices with you and I can make it work case by case.

How do you ship your photographs?

The prints already come in clear bags, which protect them from dust, dirt and moisture. I pack them between two rigid industrial foam insulation boards, which are 0.5" thick to insure that the paper prints and mats do not get bent. Then I tape the two boards in place and wrap in brown paper.
The photos on wood or stone I wrap in several layers of bubble wrap and put in a thick cardboard box again to insure that they do not get broken or cracked while being shipped.

Do you accept returns?

I believe in my products and stand by them 100%. I make sure that I describe each item in great detail and with lots of images and close ups. I proudly share the fact that due to the salvaged materials and the nature of the phototransfer process my handmade photographs have a distressed, rugged and imperfect appearance which makes them one-of-a-kind, therefore I rely on customers to read and look through my description and to make sure they know what they are purchasing before placing the order. Therefore, I do not accept returns if someone failed to read my descriptions and considers my photos imperfect. I will accept a return for a full refund in case an item was damaged during shipping but I will require an image of the damaged item.

Are your photographs on wood/stone safe for outdoors?

No, the phototransfers on wood/stone are not intended to be used outdoors. They are sealed with water/UV resistant water-based varnish, but this varnish only protects them from gentle indoor use.