Painting On Old Thonet Chairs & Armchairs

Everything old, fascinating her. She paints on everything, which is available- chairs, armchairs or cabinets. But usually, she uses old phones – painting on them, upholstering in personally painted fabrics or crocheted materials. She either finds these interesting retro pieces, or they are offered to her by her friends, who want to throw them away because they don’t need them anymore. She brings this old peace back to live, consistently and to the very last detail.

When I look at certain thing, I always get an idea. Sometimes, I have a feeling, that I don’t have time to process my ideas. There is unbelievable amount of ideas, but lack of time. Ideas are often born from my dreams. I prepare a sketch and then improve it until I am satisfied. My creating is a slow process, from the first idea, to the sketch and the realization.

Says Gita Kolačkovská.

Gita professionally leads the students at the primary Art school Bernolákova in Kosice (Slovakia). “We recycling everything, and instead of throwing things away, we turn them into beautiful and helpful ones,” she describes her work, which she uses to teach kids to think creatively. “At first, I fix them, regrind them or clean them otherwise. Then I prepare the base with base coat paint (paint for wood or metal) and then I paint. I use color according to the material, on a wood material I mostly use acrylic. In the end, I lacquer everything thoroughly,” the passionate artist discloses her workflow.

Gita Kolačkovská studied at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Košice (Slovakia) led by academic painter Alexander Bugáň. She finished her education at the University in Prešov, led by the artist doc.Tibor Gál. Her work is versatile, besides painting on furniture, she is devoted to patchwork which a form of relaxation to her, crocheting, painting not only on silk, manufacturing bags made of paper and creating different kinds of decorations and figures made of fabrics.

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