Christmas and New Year celebrations came and went past and the reality is back again. Everyone talks about the New Year’s resolutions, how things will be better than before… so with this in mind I invite you to meet a new artist on our blog, get inspired, and gain some fresh ideas for your small improvements in 2015.
The artist Paulina R. Vårregn is currently based in Crete, where she creates unique art pieces filled with textures, layered geometric patterns and unusual shapes. If you are looking for a different approach to graphics and fine art stop by and discover what Paulina has to offer. Visit her website and Etsy shop to see the rest of her creations.
And finally, meet the maker:
What do we need to know about you?
My name is Paulina R. Vårregn, Slovak freelance artist, painter and printmaker currently living in Crete, where I live with my boyfriend. I lived in Slovakia, where I grew up and then studied printmaking in Academy of Fine Arts. In 2010 I studied Printmaking and Environmental art in Aalto University of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland as an exchange student. After studies I lived in Belgium and Canary Islands. I have a passion for travelling, studying Zen philosophy, healthy lifestyle, martial arts and beautiful details that surround us every day.
What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?
I am learning to live in presence. I left the stressful lifestyle, now I live in kairos. The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. Kairos in Greek – timeless, inner time. That means I appreciate small details, colours, structures, etc. I love details and beautiful things that inspire me. Because I travel a lot, every country, every place I visit influences me. Crete is a colourful island, it’s a very colourful place, even in the winter time.
Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part of it?
I don’t have a favourite part in the process when I’m creating new artwork, because I love what I do, I enjoy the whole process, from beginning to the end. Whatever you do, the most important is to enjoy it and make it with passion and love. Doesn’t matter what- cooking or painting.
How does your work space look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?
Because we travel a lot, I have my travelling equipment which I take everywhere. Small linocut press, traditional Japanese barren press, ecological print inks, rollers, tools, and other printmaking equipment. I wouldn’t change nothing. Everything is as it should be. (But when I settle down, then I will have a big loft style studio with big windows!)
Describe your typical day.
I start my day with a cup of a good coffee. Every day I spend some time in nature, watching the sea waves, a walk in mountains, run on the beach or swim in the sea. I like to be alone. And I enjoy it. When I’m not in the studio, not painting or not printing new linocuts, then we take a car and go to explore new places. I love adventure!
Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers
I sell my artworks on Etsy, an American arts & crafts website, where you can find many talented artists and craftsmen. I recommend to visit their shops:
- Talented Italian artist Valentina Brostean
- American label Colette Bream who creates beautiful natural soft toys and homewares
- My favourite American painter Katy Horan
- Slovak graffiti artist Ultra Cke, who creates nice site-specific geometric graffiti paintings
All the images used in this post belong to the artist.