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Artist exhibits stunning collection of million-knotted collages of Russian Orthodox icons

Artist exhibits stunning collection of million-knotted collages of Russian Orthodox icons which take up to nine months to create with his patented macramé technique

  • Vladimir Denshchikov’s Orthodox icons were put on display at the Simferopol Art Museum in the Crimea
  • Denshchikov patented new style of ‘macramé collage’ to make the designs which were given church approval
  • Each intricate collage takes between three and nine months to make and incorporates millions of little knots
  • Macramé is a weaving style which was historically the preserve of sailors who made covers for knives, bottles 

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A Ukrainian artist has exhibited a stunning collection of linen threaded icons made using a brand new patented type of macramé.

Vladimir Denshchikov’s Russian Orthodox icons were put on display at the Simferopol Art Museum in the Crimea on Tuesday.

Denshchikov has patented the new style of ‘macramé collage’ to make the gorgeous designs which have been given the blessing of the church.

Each of the retired actor’s intricate collages takes between three and nine months to make and incorporates millions of knots.

Macramé is a style of knot weaving which was historically the preserve of sailors who made elaborate covers for anything from knife handles to bottles of rum. 

Vladimir Denshchikov’s Orthodox icons were put on display at the Simferopol Art Museum in the Crimea on Tuesday (pictured: a fragment from the composition The Holy Linen)

A fragment of Our Lady of Vladimir on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons. Formerly an actor of the Crimean Academic Russian Drama Theatre, Vladimir invented and patented a brand new macrame technique coined as "macrame collage". His icons are made in full compliance with original Orthodox guidelines and with blessing from the Russian Orthodox Church

A fragment of Our Lady of Vladimir on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons. Formerly an actor of the Crimean Academic Russian Drama Theatre, Vladimir invented and patented a brand new macrame technique coined as “macrame collage”. His icons are made in full compliance with original Orthodox guidelines and with blessing from the Russian Orthodox Church

Denshchikov has patented the new style of 'macramé collage' to make the stunning designs which have been given the blessing of the church. Each of the retired actor's intricate collages takes between three and nine months to make and incorporates millions of knots. Macramé is a style of knot weaving which was historically the preserve of sailors who made elaborate covers for anything from knife handles to bottles of rum.

Denshchikov has patented the new style of ‘macramé collage’ to make the stunning designs which have been given the blessing of the church. Each of the retired actor’s intricate collages takes between three and nine months to make and incorporates millions of knots. Macramé is a style of knot weaving which was historically the preserve of sailors who made elaborate covers for anything from knife handles to bottles of rum.

Workers of the Simferol Art Museum prepare to open an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov from the village of Kizilovoye, central Crimea, who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

Workers of the Simferol Art Museum prepare to open an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov from the village of Kizilovoye, central Crimea, who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

A fragment of the Holy Trinity on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov

A fragment of the Holy Trinity on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov

A fragment of St Sergius of Radonezh on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

A fragment of St Sergius of Radonezh on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA - JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of the Holy Martyr Natalia on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA – JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of the Holy Martyr Natalia on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA - JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of Our Lady of Uryupinsk on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA – JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of Our Lady of Uryupinsk on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov 

A fragment of St Olga on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

A fragment of St Olga on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA - JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of the Saint Faithful Prince Alexander Nevsky on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA – JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of the Saint Faithful Prince Alexander Nevsky on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA - JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of St Helena on display at the Simferopol Art Museum

SIMFEROPOL, RUSSIA – JULY 7, 2020: A fragment of St Helena on display at the Simferopol Art Museum 

A fragment of Sts Peter and Paul on display at the Simferopol Art Museum

A fragment of Sts Peter and Paul on display at the Simferopol Art Museum

A fragment of Our Lady of Vladimir on display at the Simferopol Art Museum

A fragment of Our Lady of Vladimir on display at the Simferopol Art Museum

A fragment of Our Lady of Kazan on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov

A fragment of Our Lady of Kazan on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov

A fragment of the Holy Martyr Natalia on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

A fragment of the Holy Martyr Natalia on display at the Simferopol Art Museum during an exhibition of works by artist Vladimir Denshchikov who uses linen thread to make Orthodox icons

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