Eco-style in arts and crafts.

Exhibition February 4 − April 15, 2021
Eco-style was originally created in order to literally "save" residents of large cities from stress and negativity caused by the accelerated pace of life, as well as environmental pollution. For the first time this name was sounded in the 1980s - 90s, when ecologists began to sound the alarm, raising the issues of water and air pollution, the waters of the world's oceans, and global problems of world warming. Increasingly, the opinion was expressed that man is not the ruler of nature, but its part, its child.
Man should not fight the forces of nature. We must strive to preserve the environment. Against the background of such statements, ideas about the use of secondary raw materials were born. For example, an eco-style in the interior of an apartment can be created from items that have already been in use. For example, for finishing floors, a board from wooden boxes previously used to transport goods, and furniture from pallets are suitable.

At the same time, modern high technologies are inseparable from the ecological style, because they are aimed at saving and humane treatment of natural resources, for example, LED lamps, washing machines and dishwashers, which economically consume water and electricity.
The purity of materials and their natural texture, simple lines and shapes are fundamental to eco-style.
Eco style implies the use of natural, pristine materials. These are, first of all, wood that has preserved its natural texture, wild natural stone, glass, forging, ceramics. Recycling or reusing materials is an important idea.
Igor Yuryevich Drozhdin became the leading eco-style designer working with glass in Russia. He uses bottle and window glass in his works. Having developed his own technological mode for baking such glass, he creates stained glass windows and shades using the fusing technique. Pixel glass with a very large texture is also very interesting.
Russia, unfortunately, lags behind the rest of the world in understanding the problems of ecology and the aesthetic style associated with it. But there is still a living tradition. It is headed by folk art and the work of Stepan Dmitrievich Erz. In the 70s - 90s of the twentieth century, Zelenograd artist Albert Kaukin worked in this style. True, he worked almost exclusively with the "wild tree", carving sculptural objects from stumps and textured trunks. Igor Yuryevich Drozhdin became his follower and student, but he began to actively use glass, metal, stone and even biological objects such as dried fish, feathers, shells, cones and much more. Glass has become the main aesthetic accent, and wood only serves as its support.
Galleries at the exhibition