We had the good fortune of connecting with Justyna Wołodkiewicz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justyna, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I belive all people are born with creative spirit. And at some point in life some realise that they can’t live the other way than fulfilling their “spiritual” need. I think that my way of living is with constant creating, looking for inspiration, taking breaks, creating…
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I came up with very unusuall style of embroidery. It is combining polymer clay sculptures onto hand stitched fabrics. I build tiny abstract funfairs, playgrounds and fairly worlds. I create symbolic compositions with and eye icon or mask as a central theme. Color is most important mean of expression in my practice. By choosing a specific palettes I convey a lot of subconsious messeges. With the thought in the background that is all about soul-energy and connection of all people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my friend to the fields, definitely. I would ensure that he or she gets as much silence as possible, trying to enable him/her to connect with the world. The primary, natural world and thus to his/her soul. I would introduce my herd of goats; always friendly but not importunate. After a few hour of such refreshment I would invite for a meal: a fresh juice from homegronw carrots and apples, a sandwich with homemade goat cheese, a cup of tea made of hand picked dried flowers of bass-tree.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Before I started embroidering I came across artworks of Danielle Clough and Irem Yazici. I think they inspired me the most to start stitching.