Igora Lucyna Opala
‘The art of storytelling – a narrative in felt by Igora’.
The best stories are always grounded in the richness of the human soul; they echo the lands and traditions of their people and are told by narrators who transcend the precedents set by those before them. This is certainly true for Polish Australian wool author and textile designer Lucyna Opala and her label, Igora. Establishing herself rapidly and incomparably in both Australian and international arts circles, Lucyna has received much praise for her modern and inimitable revamping of felting. Much of the inspiration behind Igora is steeped in Lucyna’s own experiences, thoughts and relationship with nature. Using wool, silk and other natural fiber as a foundation for all her pieces, not only allows for the extraction of the material’s own story, embedded in its color, texture and form, but also for the interpretative qualities each has when transformed through the process of felting. The result is a perfect partnership of nature and artist, Lucyna’s design and craftsmanship manipulating organic materials into tangible expressions of art.
Whilst art is perpetually used to convey spirit and imagination, seldom has a textile artist managed to present such a diverse collection of narrative, anecdotes, memories and legends in their work. Lucyna’s work takes you on an unforgettable journey; from the rich life of submerged coral cities, to the multi faced Australian landscapes and to the very core of her work – a heart full of inexplicable love, music and expression. From folk to the ultra-contemporary and somewhere between unburdened simplicity and intricately planned chaos, the Igora label has created an impressive benchmark in textile design and will continue to challenge the boundaries of felting.
And yes, indeed a picture may say a 1000 words, but Igora’s work is told by millions of interwoven fibres, expressing not a picture but a whole story.