The history of humanity is inextricably linked to wars. For centuries, weapons (cold) has played a huge role in people’s lives. It gave an opportunity to defend against enemies, to produce food for hunting.
Since ancient times, respect for weapons was reflected in the custom of decorating it. Decorated weapon was of more ceremonial and symbolic character. Lavishly decorated swords, daggers always been the privilege of kings, priests and military leaders. It was a religious thing.
Nowadays, when the functional significance of bladed weapons largely lost its aesthetic, artistic content continues to excite people, forcing more closely to peer at the world around us, help to better see the inseparable connection of times and generations. The best examples of modern bladed weapons — is, above all, colorful images created by the author using traditional technologies and techniques previously used for the manufacture of knives. Subject basis for the creation of an image are often the real historical events, personalities, left his mark in history as well as myths, legends, stories, creative imagination of the author.
What is the author’s art weapons? This unique items bladed weapon of art created by the author in a single copy.
Their cultural importance lies in the fact that the empirical experience of the author, dressed in an art form, is a compilation of the artistic image, affordable and intuitive perception of many.
Copyright arms has its historical roots. It is no coincidence most modern artists, gunsmiths, and most industries operate Klingentor exactly where previously there were weapons known centers — Moscow, Tula, Zlatoust, and of course, St. Petersburg.
Master of Petersburg armory school contributed to the development of arms in Russia. They have created wonderful works of arts and crafts are striking subtlety of taste, elegant lines, the complexity of the finish. Unfortunately, after the revolution, the tradition of arms in St. Petersburg were lost. Before Gromada plans eternal restructuring retreated national pride of the country and its citizens are deprived of their cultural heritage. The traditions and heritage of the St. Petersburg school armory — this is a big topic that requires serious discussion and we’ll get back to it.
First of all, I would like to note that today the best traditions of the St. Petersburg school of weapons, not only revived, but also received significant development. With all my heart I want to thank all those who, with their enthusiasm, energy and talent contributed to this.
One can not but pay tribute to Anatoly Bogachev — talented artist-Armory-ku, a native of the city of Zlatoust.
In due time he was at the forefront of contemporary art copyright weapons in St. Petersburg, restoring, developing and rethinking its traditions. Largely thanks to the cooperation with him there «Workshop Studio» Mezhov «, the main focus of which was the creation of exclusive designs of the author of the collection of weapons that meets the highest aesthetic demands.
«Workshop Studio» Mezhov «exists since 2002. The range of work performed by it is very wide. This series of hunting knives (different finishes and cost), and custom-made products, and works of jewelry art, and, as already noted, a unique collector’s items made in a single copy. All of them are at the highest professional level and have high artistic value.
Emphasis is made deliberately to manufacture expensive products with complex plastic, with the use of noble metals used in jewelry, decorated with precious stones, with Damascus blade with different patterns. As for the blades, they are all characterized by a variety of forms, the complexity of the picture and meet the highest technical requirements. For blades used only mosaic Damascus steel smiths best Petersburg gunsmiths — Yuri Sargsyan, Vladimir Demidov and Dmitry Zhukov.
Artists studio, drawing on the traditions of the St. Petersburg school of weapons, are constantly searching for new forms of creativity and solutions. Their work — a complex synthesis of tradition and modernity. During the work of the studio gradually formed its own, recognizable style that marked most of the works of its artists. I consider it a special merit of the studio that it was able to attract and unite a number of talented artists, painters, as well as a wide range of people who one way or another is involved in the manufacturing process of decorated weapon. Today, these people are not only colleagues or friends, but most of all — they are like-minded, who formed an alliance armourers and painters in the depths of which new ideas, new ideas, which then get their original incarnation in the metal.
Many knives have been found in excavations, ground off almost to the butt.
What does this mean? Masters made them not for one day, putting them in their work, skill and mastery. They were made with the soul, and therefore they serve for many years. On the other hand, a cutlass grandfather that hangs on the wall. What does it mean for us? Simply pick it up, and everything will become clear. What kind of money it costs? Another category not in the money business. What I mean is that all the blades are people (in different ways, of course), and they are all needed. And those who make them, will inevitably feel the burden of responsibility for his product, his charisma. There is after all the blades, which are constantly rezhesh. So the creation of an atmosphere of spirituality, in which the right of blade products are born, too, is important.
Special mention is the Art and Industry Academy (formerly the Central School of Technical Drawing of Baron Stieglitz) and the Department of Art processing of metal, which many links workshop studio. At the time, the Central School of Technical Drawing of Baron Stieglitz, founded in the late 1970s of the XIX century, was the institution that produced paintings for the needs of industry. The school was famous for excellent artistic training, nicknames, applied scientists. Suffice it to say that graduates have mastered the specialty of artistic metal, was invited to the famous company — Faberge, Ovchinnikov, Sazikov. Some of them then opened their shops. There is evidence that Carl Faberge himself closely followed the work of the «shtiglichan» bought their projects for future implementation in your company.
You may notice a certain continuity in the fact that today the creative team «Workshop Studio» Mezhov «most of the graduates of the Department of artistic metal Yuri Sargsyan, Alexander Dubrovin, Maxim Nesterov, Vladimir Naumov, Vladimir Demidov, Stepan Kutergin, Alexander Ivanov, Andrey Kunats. They constitute the main creativity studio. At the same time, many of them continue to teach at the Department of artistic metal.
In 2003, the joint efforts of the department and the «Workshop Studio» Mezhov «adopted a new course assignment on» Knife surprise. » The authors of the best projects, as once Carl Faberge, receive a cash prize and their projects — a start in life. Thus was born the «dog-hunter» Stepan Kutergina, received a logical continuation in a series of knives.
For students in the Academy drawing, painting, sculpture, architectural graphics, etc., to obtain practical work with the metal more than useful, because you can become a professional only when the theory and practice complement each other, forming a single integer. Again, they are taught the theory of people who not only know from books the entire process and decoration of metal products. And then it all depends on the student’s learning and his ability to self-creation, because it is impossible to teach: as they say, it either is or it is not.
But talent is not deprived Russia, thank God, so can not complain. Capable of many children who would like to try their hand in the field of weapons of art, to find out new ways and means of expression. Here are born seemingly very different stylistic and compositional decisions, moves in the original plastic products. Extraordinary thinking artist, his curiosity and patience, knowledge of art and philosophy contribute to the birth of such unusual works as «Cocoon» (Alexander Ivanov), «Pasiphae» (Vladimir Naumov) or «Grey Boomer» (Stepan Kutergin). The main thing in these matters — not a knife in the normal sense of the word. What is important is the image and meaning embedded in the product. For example, a knife, which pleases the eye with its proportions, streamlined shape, sculpted and finished, doomed to remain in the sheath, otherwise it will not match the name of «Cocoon.» Or a knife «Pasiphae», which laid hidden warning by unnatural behavior in a particular area of human relationships. It’s not just blades
— It is independent works, complete artistic composition, a part of which is the great Damascus blade, functional qualities that surpass similar characteristics of normal working knife. If desired, cut the sausage can you tell them very well, but remember cutlass great-grandfather on the wall.
Following the tradition of a glorious past in the arms business, the main theme of creativity for the «Workshop Studio» Mezhov «was and remains the theme of glory, valor and honor. Identification signs of things are the same: Daggers, sabers, swords. No design changes, but updated and modern look is quite obvious, and this gives them a new meaning, its flavor.
So, dirk «uniformed» your decor obliged golden sewing admiral epaulettes. A cross, made in the form of an anchor, immediately relates it to the Navy and Marine elements. Rhythmic carvings on the handle indicates the wave, and a round pearl on them — not that other, as the solar disk. Thus, a cutlass, as part of the form of a naval officer, was very traditional — white bone handle with black leather sheath and gilt metal fittings. But the author has enriched his creation of the idea, which has invested in it.
Sword «Generalissimo Suvorov» structurally similar to historical patterns, but different in decor. Taken as a basis for the classic sword hilt rethought by the artist and presented in the original version: the interior of the cup fills slotted silhouette of two-headed eagle, the cross terminate stucco heads of lions, carved handle made of bone decorated with belts of pomegranates, bow and head hilt decorated with ornaments made of laurel branches, inlaid with precious stones. Subject is filled with symbols and values: the eagle represents state, the lions — a symbol of power, bravery, courage and valor, garnet is considered to be a rock of strength, pre givens and faith. The subject also present: a cameo carved with a portrait of commander Suvorov, a miniature with the image of the monument to AV Suvorov (in front of the Champs de Mars) and the goddess Nike with wreath in hand. The blade is decorated with scenes of the capture of the fortress of Izmail and the composition of laurel branches, crossed swords, and spears peak in the background, covered with «FMD» and trumpeting Fame figures which hold a laurel wreath with a two-headed eagle; for printing on the surface of the blade is used the technique of etching.
Unfortunately, the volume of a journal article does not allow to elaborate on all of the studio in recent years, but in this and there is no need. For those who are interested in the author’s artistic weapon, we propose a new album released by the «Workshop-studio» Mezhov «which is a kind of creative report of the work done by us. It contains detailed information on all of the most significant samples of decorated weapon and original author of the projects prepared by the studio for the last time.
Even in the distant past, our ancestors began to stand out among the weapons intended for hunting or combat, items with a rich finish, decorated with gold and precious stones and enamels, etc. Today this tradition is continued in contemporary art weapons copyright in the creation of which the master Petersburg is one of the leading places.