My name is Magdalena Godawa. I live and work in a small town in the Karkonosze Mountains. Its quiet and absolutely beautiful l, which makes it perfect environment for my inspirations and new interest of recycling.
My love of handicrafts came as a child when I would watch my very talented grandfather in his weaving mill while he was sculpturing in the wood and weaving in wicker. From then on my hands were always busy painting, cutting , sewing or weaving . I look out where I live and see untouched beauty. I want to be able to keep the natural environment but live modern at the same time. My neighbourhood then forced me to think of possibilities to launch new items and decorations where the production doesn’t require heavy industry, but absorbs products of big factories and concerns and also how used and left items can come back to the circulation and cause to become the special objects.
A few years ago my art activities allowed me to extract the gum like material found in thick rubber dividing curtains commonly found in warehouses. Along side other uses I have produced wellingtons. From various scraps of material I am also sewing patchwork handbags, cosmetic bags and covers for trinkets, but what fascinates me the most is waste paper, the ones that come from the shortest ‘living’ leaflets, magazines and daily newspapers which I have found makes the ideal material for weaving. The materials I collect for research are inspiring me to these new ideas and I am finding them all over the place and around me. As you can see I have so many ideas I just wish the days were longer.
I would like to share my ideas and experience I have gained over the years so I am willing to teach in various parts of Poland and reveal the secrets of recycling waste paper.
The graduation piece from the Institute of Fine Arts in Zielona Gora in 2009.
Diploma ‘Reflection and Dialog’ in atelier of Professor Stanislaw Kortyka.
In the same time in the studio of assistant professor Leszek Kanflewski I was doing collages.
In 2008 I was awarded a scholarship founded by Polish Public Television for teenagers ‘creative valley – what the young arts is looking for’
The exhibitions which I was taking part in:
Prticipation 2008 Zielona Gora and Poznan (collages)
Mosaic – Lubuski Theathre Zielona Gora (paintings)
Hand Made Poland – Barcelona 2010 (eco design)
Re Act Worksop Lodz 2010 (eco design)
Design in Basement – Warsaw 2010 (eco design)
Triennale of the small paintings forms Torun 2010(paintings)
Malamyga Sztukarnia warsaw 2010 (collages and painting)
Artists for the planet – Lend Art Festval
Re.Produkt3-IWP Warsaw 2011 (eco design)
Time of the Angels – “Ring” gallery, Legnica 2011 (collage)
Megafolc, ethnic/eco/empathic, University of Technology, Warsaw 2011 (eco design)
Ethnic inspirations, Gdansk 2011 (installations from waste papers)