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Respect.

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Another Hildegard's from Bingen vision made in stitches. This is the biggest one (so far) - 65 cm in diameter. Don't know about you, but for me there's definitely the calming effect of looking at her 12th century model of the world and realising it is pretty much the same as today. As long as the earth revolves it is all same old. It is not clear what is in the centre because it keeps changing through the centuries but it doesn't matter that much. If I was asked for the one thing that could make our life better it would be respect. And I mean it in the broad sense - respect for life, nature, our planet as well as respect for yourself and the others. Respect for the past and respect for the future. We are guests here and there's enough space for all of us. We don't have to like each other, we don't have to like animals or plants. It is enough to give them some respect - let them live their lives and remember we are nothing more or less. Hope that with

Flower white and edible.

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The name of cauliflower comes from Italian "cavolfiore" which means "cabbage flower"(and this comes from Latin caulis - cabbage and flos - flower). In Polish "kalafior" we don't see neither cabbage or flower but at least it sounds great. And the fresh white colour of the first cauliflowers really adds sparkle to the veggies stalls. Do you remember my "Green market" (it is HERE )? Personally I love the taste of cauliflowers but I also find their interesting shape inspirational. Last year it was used in many forms. Ever seen "Cauliflower tree": And you may remember fermented cauliflower I presented here some posts ago ( HERE ): It was also my role model for Medieval initial "C": This year I decided to focus on the head of this white and edible flower: And I saw it as a big jewel: What will be next?

My Italian kitchen

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Not the newest of my kitchens but the one that took the longest to complete for sure! It started in 2015 ( HERE )and was meant to be done fast. Oh well... Yes, it was the amount of handwork involved that took so long. And I don't mean stitching daily for all those years but rather the breaks much needed after stitching every utensil by hand. Landscape in the background was like a fresh breeze - open space with spots of greenery here and there. And I learned a lot along the way. Not so about the stitching but definitely about history and cooking the Italian way. I love to read on the subject of my project in progress. It is like building an environment, accumulating all the facts and feelings to transform them later into stitches. Then the magic happens - you see the picture that evokes emotions and you are able to feel the atmosphere by yourself. Welcome to my world of Italian cuisine!

French vibes continued

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Here is more of my works for our small group of textile artists "15 x 15" (see the previous work in this series HERE ). After the essence of the French landscape the time has come to create something in the style of the artist from this country. The very first thing coming to mind were still lives with food by Paul Cezanne. So I went for him. Stitching like Cezanne wasn't that easy but it was fun anyway. "Cheese and pears" - textile art in the post impressionist manner. Bon appetit!

Landscapes in small sizes

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Some years ago I read an essay by Olga Tokarczuk on her relationship with trees. She was dreaming about the machine that would be able to recreate stories witnessed by old trees through their life. I immediately "saw" this kind of gramophone and the songs it could play. The many different small worlds rising and falling around the same tree for 200 or 600 years. It was fun to create all the variety of small landscapes, with little details here and there. I love to create landscapes in small formats and they are always more about emotions than the real views. Here are the most recent ones - "Golden fields" This one is framed and available HERE . And "Beyond my garden" - ready to frame, heavy embroidered beauty in tones of pink.

Going in circles.

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The longer I live the more cycles of life are clear to me. And I find them very uplifting, especially when things look bad at the moment. It is like, you know, watching bare trees in winter with the awarness of spring coming sooner or later. So who is surprised that playing with a new circle of trees inspired by Hildegard's von Bingen vision will be the best choice for some mindful and meditative artwork? Not me. Working on this piece connects so many elements and ties them all in a wholeness, just like mandala. Of course the most mysterious and intriguing is the centre: But each seson has its reason too. And the small pleasures it brings. Earlier this year I made a smaller and slightly different version of the same subject: The change of seasons is less visible but I guess I was so desperately looking for green trees that I had to stitch some at least. It is interesting to look through the archives and compare all my Hildegard's visions done so far: And I&

Flowers bold and beautiful.

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If you remember the colors of my fermented veggies from the previous post HERE you are not surprised by this: Frankly speaking, I started in small size - from coasters. They gave me this idea of bigger, simple, minimalist flowers for wall decor. And what started from a rose continued in... purple pansy: The next was daisy: They are fun to create. The longest part is design but when it is done the rest is just "pedal to the metal". Of course all the fraying is intentional and secure. All the flowers are in similar size (approx. 15in in diameter) and available in my Etsy shop . And that's how they look together: Bright and beautiful textile flower power. It might not be the end because... some tasteful, edible yellow roses came my way. Oh well, this inspiration stream has no end :)