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Underwater textile castle

I know that holiday season keeps you busy with no time to read blogs. But I think that my "Underwater castle" suits perfectly to the magic atmosphere of this time of year and it is much more about fairy tale than underwater ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And I won't bore you with talking too much, the pictures will tell the whole story ๐Ÿ™‚ There's a small problem with capturing the whole textile artwork because it is rather long (47 in) and narrow ย (19 in) but let's give it a try: And here comes the water part: Yes, you guessed it right - the water part took quite some time to accomplish. But this is what textile art is all about. Beyond the overall picture there are layers of stitches building the atmosphere, evoking emotions and playing with your senses. ย Thank you for your time, hope you enjoyed this short trip to my fairyland. And I'm pretty sure that your festive preparations won't mind ๐Ÿ™‚

Fantasy castles floating your way

If you followed my old The Textile Cuisine blog, you know that my adventure with castles started 2 years ago from some very special commission. Since then I made several fantasy castles (see them HERE) and many more is yet to come ๐Ÿ™‚ I love working on this subject as it allows you go really crazy - beside the brick and mortar castles there is much more of them living in our imagination or fairy tales. Some are... floating on the clouds:ย  The small castles were meant to be postcards. But as I procrastined on finishing them, they waited and waited and finally decided they want to stay together ๐Ÿ™‚ It was fun to find a setting for them as they are similar yet different: Silver grey silk clouds added some movement and worked perfectly as a common factor. ย But the most goes in the background ย ๐Ÿ™‚ I've used some unexpected fabrics (like silver brocade next to checkered cotton) and lots of hand embroidery to build the cohesive setting with medieval feel despite this unusual color palette. It is all stitched on wool fabric (with no batting) and has wonderful drape: Now it is just to find a knight who would love a banner like this (or a nursery room of a little prince or princess) ๐Ÿ™‚ It is 42 x 85 cm (16.5 x 34 in), much bigger than the previous castle works. Except the one from last year - "Underwater castle": But it deserves a separate post, I guess ๐Ÿ™‚    

Family matters inspired by nature

This is a textile piece created last year and titled "The Family". The idea was born while reading "Seeds of hope" by Jane Goodall - when I've read about old trees keeping the place until the new one is ready to grow on its own, I clearly visualized the scene.

As you can see I've changed my technique a bit mixing elements from applique, quilting and embroidery and making it much more difficult to describe ๐Ÿ™‚ But it is not so much about the technique because it simply developed during the process. I wanted it to be in sort of neutral palette so I dyed and over dyed both the trees and the background. And I knew it has to start from the black - just as we come to this world from some unknown darkness. And here is where the fun started. Because while embroidering and beading I was thinking about human families in the terms of nature (biology) and culture. Being the only child of my parents and having just one child myself made it even more inevitable to see it as a real family - just like putting names to the trees ๐Ÿ™‚ There are layers of meaning - parents have their separate beads "characteristics" (but with many common elements as they had to meet somehow) and the child received the mixture of both. Every tree has something unique but all of them stay out of the background and the shadows of the past. Mind boggling, isn't it? Let's not forget floating leaves with black lines of genes and DNA. We often wonder where our strong (or weak) points come from. When it comes to my textile talents and skills I know very well that I got them from my grandmas. I knew just one of them (from my dad's side) and she taught me to sew. She was a teacher of mathematics but she knew how to make a dress, a coat or bed linens. And I was very intrigued by her machine so she just taught me how to use it. But the artistic part comes from the other grandma. She wasn't an artist but she was using her stitching skills to beautify everything she touched. How do I know? From my mom who knows nothing about sewing except that she doesn't like it at all. And she is amazed seeing that I know things her mom knew and I do many things (also beyond the textile sphere) just like she did. Maybe it was in her modest sewing box I use ? "The Family" artwork was sold to the parents who wanted it as a gift for the young family of their (adult) kids. They didn't know the story behind but the trees spoke to them and when I shared my thoughts they said they "knew it" without the words ๐Ÿ™‚ I've updated my shop with the most recent (smaller in size and framed) trees so if you want one, click HERE. Beside the trees I'm also working on gardens. The black one is available for sale but later this week I hope to finish the newest one so if you want to be the first to see it you better subscribe to my newsletter HERE ๐Ÿ™‚

To the light!

With the days getting shorter dramatically I'm rather happy to blog about a textile work I made earlier this summer - "Light in the forest".

Despite its darkness it is all about light. It was like walking through the dark, purple forest with the promise of sunny spot at the end. The whole piece is rather big (as for me, who usually works in a small scale) 23 x 34 inches and filled with all the scrumptious details: I've used mostly silks for trees and plants and hand dyed cotton for the light part. The combination of silks and beads makes it a bit tricky to photograph, hence the colors' differences. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, please, fix it now: @bozena_wojtaszek) you had seen the progress pictures for quite a long time as it took a while to complete this monster. But it was a very pleasant journey to the light ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, of course, I made it available in a print form too ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope the autumn days won't be totally dark and dull but in the worst case we still have art, don't we? To the light!   Fancy to get more insights from my creative process? Subscribe to my newsletter HERE ๐Ÿ™‚ Save

The Textile Cuisine’s new clothes

Welcome to "The Textile Cuisine" in the new location! This is my new space where I will be sharing with you my new textile works.

Don't worry, the old blog remains alive and you can always reach it here.

New place needs a new kitchen, right?

So here it is - my new "Kitchen with a hen". I love to portray the kitchens. There is so much going on between kitchen appliances ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of you may remember the previous kitchens:

It may not be clear for a viewer but all of these kitchens are sort of close to my real ones. Not on this realistic level but in some special elements or emotions.

And always recognizable by my family, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ Not that I'm using silk towels in real

Usually, I don't sit on the kitchen desk ๐Ÿ™‚

But the shelves are mine!

Oh well, if you are brave enough to face me in my real, rather messy kitchen, you're welcome. Here is an unexpected picture taken by my daughter. Not the best picture but this is where the inspiration came from:

I have to admit I'm not quite satisfied with this new blogging space. But it is more natural to keep it together with my website and there are chances that with time I will improve my WordPress skills ๐Ÿ™‚

I will do my best to post on regular basis. For daily news you can follow me on instagram - @bozena_wojtaszek

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