Following her career in art teaching, Irena now devotes her time to developing her artistic talents and following her passion that is papercutting, occasionally working in watercolour and mixed media. Irena works to commission from her studio at home.
Born in London in 1951 Irena completed her MA in Art and Design at the University of Plymouth. She has participated successfully in Devon Open Studios and held solo shows in National Trust properties at Killerton and A la Ronde. Her work has been successfully selected for SWAc Open Exhibitions. Irena exhibits regularly in local art events and exhibitions. She is a member of Exmouth Art Group, of which she is a past President.
I firmly believe in the importance of everyone having a creative outlet. For me, I enjoy pursuing meditative, controlled papercutting techniques. I develop ideas using a simple pair of scissors. The natural world, myth, storytelling and folklore are all inspiration for my 2D silhouettes of pattern and shape.
My personal interest in this art form originates from childhood summer holidays spent in Poland, where the tradition of paper cutting (wycinanki) influenced my first experiments. I was born and brought up in England, but have strong links to Polish traditions through my father who came to England during the Second World War.
My experiments with 3D have resulted in creating exuberant paper blooms and bouquets inspired by botanical displays and gardens.