Artist Profile – Iwona Tamborska by Julia Rai

As soon as I saw Polish artist Iwona Tamborska’s work, I knew I had to find out more about her. As a fan of fantasy, myth and fairy tales myself, her work really spoke to me. I asked Iwona what she considers her job title or profession to be. “That is a very good question as I noticed it is quite hard to explain,” she smiled. “I usually start with: ‘I am an artist and work with metal.’ If someone wants to know more, I continue: ‘My works are usually minimal scale sculptures and often have a use as jewelry’. I used to try to use the term ‘art jeweller’, but somehow people had the wrong idea of my work.”

Iwona was brought up by her Mom in a small town in Poland and now lives in Krakow. “My Mom encouraged me and my sister to be creative in every way we could,” she explained. “So she allowed us to paint on the whole kitchen windows. Those paintings stayed on the windows for weeks and it looked really beautiful to me at that time,” she smiled. “They also made neighbours wonder, but my Mom didn’t care. I also remember painting on the whole kitchen floor covered with old newspapers as ‘canvases’. I was about five or six years old. Anyway – I was painting and drawing since I can remember.” Continue reading…