The topic of the lecture that I proposed, its issues, have for me a dimension of personal reflections on creative work. They are also related to the experience gained from teaching students, and are based on book, museum and visual knowledge in the field of visual arts from disciplines of both fine arts and design arts.
In my work, everything started with uneven weaving surfaces, permeating materials, in which I discovered endless possibilities of building my paintings. The next step was to change my own paintings and drawings, in the form of digital prints and a unique fabric, into clothes. I was inspired by my own modifications of fabrics (laser cuts, stitching, weaving, embroidery), structural modelling, deconstructions, and the use and mutual combination of textiles of various textures, thickness, patterns, colours; sometimes recycled or taken from samplers. It is important for me that particular disciplines of art permeate each other, under the condition of preserving the chosen artistic principle.
In my presentation I try to talk about different aspects of clothing, placing it in a very wide context of different contrasts. I would like to talk about its basic, utilitarian character, about the various functions it performs in our lives, such as protection, decorativeness, information, social and economic affiliation and manifestations. I touch upon the positive and negative aspects of the globalization of the fashion industry in the world, the subject of new technologies, environmental pollution and the ethics of design and production. It is also important to see clothing as a work of art not only in the museum but also on the catwalks during fashion shows. Why do famous fashion houses present not only comfortable and functional collections but also clothes closer to moving sculptures and objects? Perhaps this question has the same weight as when we wonder why artists paint not only nature that is obvious to everyone, but also abstractions.
Hanna Wojdała-Markowska was born in 1964 in Radom. In 1984–1990, studied at the Textile Faculty of the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Łódź. In 1990, she received a diploma with honours in the Tapestry and Carpet Workshop of Prof. Antoni Starczewski, and in the Painting Workshop of Prof. Wiesław Garboliński. In 1998, she received her PhD in Design from the Faculty of Textile and Clothing of the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. In 2007, she received her postdoctoral degree at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 1995, she has been working at the Faculty of Art, and since 2016 at the Faculty of Materials Science and Design Technology of the Kazimierz Pułaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom. Since 2007, she has been an associate professor at the university. From 2009 to 2016, she headed the Department of Spatial Structures and Art Theory, and from 2017, she is the head of the Department of Design. Since 1991, she has been a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers – Warsaw District. She works in the field of painting, unique fabrics, clothing. She has taken part in over 200 international, national and environmental exhibitions. She organized 30 solo exhibitions and several shows of her clothing collections, including the biggest Fashion Fair in Saxony MODA-VISION, Magdeburg, Germany, 2014.
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