Bozena Wojtaszek-Featured Artist

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Bozena Wojtaszek: Featured Artist

Art: Textile

Home: Lodz, Poland

Twitter: @textile_cuisine



If you want to see textile art, spend some time looking through Bozena’s blog posts.  She is skilled at making the ordinary exquisite.  She has a passion for textiles in all their colors and textures.  She adds to this a fearless design style.  I’m pleased she took time to answer some questions.

What were your first memories of doing art or having an interest in art?

I really have to go back in time to answer this question! When I think about it now, the first thing that I made that had a trace of art in it, must have been collages. I was a little girl then, in primary school maybe. I can recall finding all kinds of materials that fitted together, photos, scraps from magazines, anything, and putting it all together on a board which hung over my desk. Nobody called it art back then, but now I understand that the feeling I had while making it was the same I have when I sew now.  I mean, patchwork is somehow similar to collage. You create something that looks great from pieces that somebody wouldn’t think could go together.

You do such a good job of making things go together. I noticed that you used a lot of everyday themes: trees, chickens, kitchens.  What kinds of things spark your inspiration?

What kinds of things don’t spark my inspiration! I get inspired by so many different kinds of things it is hard to tell. But the reason for this is that I keep my eyes wide open. The beginning of my creative process is often in the kitchen. I see many ‘kitchen landscapes’ in there, created by real vegetables and I try to translate them to textiles later (I have a whole series of this title). And just as easy, I get hit by the beauty of my window view. Or sometimes I am inspired by medieval illuminated manuscript, botanical illustrations, or… you can name anything; the key is to look at it the right way.


I love the way you make trees, using different forms and seasons. Some artists take classes, some have mentors, while others are self-taught. In what ways did you learn your present skills?

I’m definitely self-taught. I’ve never been in any art school, never finished any course. My grandma taught me basic skills in all handcraft techniques. The rest I drew from books, magazines and trying. I started mixing different techniques when I felt urged to do it and I developed my own style of creative process.

Would you be willing to share your creative process?

I would like to share a bit about the process of creating “Spring birds.” Probably because I had so much fun sewing it. When the idea came to my head, I just couldn’t stop until I made it real.


And I like how linen greys in the background go well with little brightly colored silk birds.

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There are also elements like pieces of checked textile which is not a pattern you would think of for this design, but it turns out the final effect is simple and fresh.


I also like the shape of trees – they are just simple dark lines, yet they give quite the impression of where the birds are. I just really like it.

I, too, like all the work you do with trees.  They become so much more than simple dark lines in your hands.  If you had unlimited funds, what kind of work space would you have, where, and on what would you focus?

A big window!  A giant window is the only thing I need. The place must be bright; I need a lot of natural light. Then, I would love a spectacular view, but it doesn’t matter what is outside. As long as it has a lovely view, I don’t mind where my work space is. And I don’t need anything apart from that. There doesn’t have to be much space. Just a sewing machine, materials and a few books is enough for me to create. I don’t need a computer in my work space. In fact, I would rather there was no computer, so I could fully concentrate on art and leave the business behind.

What experience stayed with you relating to some piece of art that someone admired?

Certainly one of the greatest experiences I’ve had concerns my artwork “Poet in the kitchen.” I created it after reading “Recipe for the cabbage,” a poem by Dorota Kiersztejn Pakulska. I put a lot of heart into catching the poet’s story  in my work. It was more than satisfying to hear how the poet herself admired the result. Then later I was contacted by her daughter who decided to buy it and offer as a gift to her mother. Although, I hadn’t planned to sell it, I was more than happy to do this, because I believed that the poet was the right person to have it. Whenever I get so much appreciation, it is always a very positive experience. I always preferred my works to be recognized rather than myself as a person. This is the nicest thing.

I think your work is delicate and powerful, common and extraordinary all at the same time.  Thank you for sharing your art work with us and being this month’s featured artist.

*Two thumbs up for Bozena’s blog being written in English and Polish.

Sunday Comics

The Christmas Bowl


A blended family is a balance of joys and challenges, often amplified by various holidays, birthdays, or family gatherings.

New relationships often call for either creating or compromising traditions that are part of our personal histories.  We chatted with the boys (then 10 and 12) about tradition, symbolism, and creating new bonds.

I broached the question, “As a new family, what traditions would you like to create?  What says, ‘Christmas’ to you?  What is something we can do each year at this time?”

I had a back-up list from my own experiences: caroling, singing around a piano, putting up lights and then having hot chocolate,  cutting down a tree, making home-made cards, making cookies together, etc.

The boys were pretty quick with their answer.  “Bowling”

“Bowling? ” I repeated when I thought maybe they didn’t understand the whole ‘Christmas tradition’ part of our discussion.

“Bowling” they said.  “It would be our Christmas tradition.”

“Well,” we thought, “Bowling it is!”

Twenty-five years later, I can say with 100% certainty that their idea was spot on.

Each Christmas Eve morning we gather for a light breakfast and gift exchange.  Once done, we zip off to the local bowling alley (dressed in Santa hats and reindeer antlers, silver bells and bright sweaters) to bowl badly and laugh heartily.

We have grown from 4 to 12 or more depending on circumstance.  We even have two winner ornaments, like the one pictured above, to be proudly displayed until the next year when it is up for grabs.

Three generations enjoying “The Christmas Bowl.”

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Sunday Comics

For those of you who celebrate Christmas or give gifts during this season, here are a few tweets that tickled me…


The Gathering


What a treat to travel from the valley to the Ocean.  Better still, to have the whole family, three generations under one roof for a weekend.

Board games in the TV Room


Cousin giggles.


Pre-bedtime electronics and snuggling.


Piling on Robert. (Papa)  Love these munchkins (and Robert as well).


Our boys with their daughters. Love these dads!


My daughter in laws – So lucky to  have them. Love their beauty (inside and out)


Talent Show Saturday night… magic tricks, jokes, stunts, and all ’round silliness.


Some worked as a team.


What a great weekend.

We’ll do it again!  Oh yes!



Sunday Comics

This first one is a real insight into my sports knowledge:

Hobbit Dream

My husband (a Hobbit enthusiast) shares his birthday with or around Thanksgiving each year.  This year I had a surprise in mind.

November is also our anniversary, so we decided to take the family for a weekend at the coast.  (Will post that next week.)  Since the coastal fun takes place two full weeks before his birthday, I schemed with the family to hold a surprise birthday there.

He was shocked when gifts, candles, songs, merriment appeared from out of nowhere. There were gifts and cards galore, with all of us beaming that we had kept the secret.

The last gift was a box inspired by his own words.


The box held a scroll with the message,

Dearest Hobbit,

From the earliest birthdays we’ve shared, few have gone by without you wishing you could celebrate a proper Hobbit birthday where the birthday hosts gives gifts to others to celebrate a spirit of gratitude. These small tokens are given with much love. So, dear one, I have made it so. In this box you will find gifts to hand out, as a proper Hobbit would. I do this with deep love.

Your Elven Queen


He removed the gifts and handed them out to a much surprised family.


* FYI, if you wish to make paper look old, it is quite acceptable to tear the edges and color them in ink.  Getting the aged look through burning might cause some…er….ah….situations that are harder to explain (ruined an iced soda and had to air out the house before he got home — yikes).

Sunday Comics

Happy December!

A Winner with Miles to go…

With full brag, I wish to say that I have run a TYPE of marathon and have won.

The NaNoWriMo Experience (National Novel Writing Month) challenges you to type  1,667 words a day, every day, until you have written a 50,000 word novel.


The pdf one receives may be cheesy, but I typed & printed, and  will hang it in our den with pride.  It was not easy; I feel as if I have really accomplished something.

The two main characters, the Carn sisters, have been floating around in my head for a couple of decades…with nothing to do except be an intriguing idea.  Finally, something was done with them and I’m proud of the results.


My plan is to tuck it in a drawer for one week, then take it out and begin the next step….the editing.

A shout out to my Book Buddy, Lara, who was with me daily and also won herself.  We did the happy dance/twirl, no matter that we were miles away from each other.

Someday as you are going through amazon or even (gasp) Target or Barnes & Nobel, you might run across a book that started in November 2015.


*Cover is mock up using tool I had on hand and the generosity of a stunning niece.