INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT — Anežka Kašpárková

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kasparkova, a grandmother from the Czech village of Louka, in South Moravia. The adorable artist is 91 and still spends most of her free time doing what she likes most – hand-painting her neighbors’ houses with traditional motifs.

Agnes Kasparkova retired from her work in agriculture over 30 years ago, and has been painting houses ever since. Despite her frail hands, she manages to brighten up every building she works on with intricate ultramarine designs. “I’m just doing what I like,” she says, humbly. “I try to help decorate the world a bit.”

Agnes added that she cannot imagine a life without work, be it at home, in her garden, or painting houses. She apparently learned the craft from another woman named Manakova, and when she passed away, Agnes decided to carry on her work.

One of the most striking features of Agnes’ art is the ultramarine blue paint, which works splendidly in contrast with the white walls of Moravian houses. She makes sure to use expensive, good quality paint, which she guarantees will last at least two years. Another feature that stands out is the floral theme present in all her artworks. She never plans her artworks in advance, instead making them up as she goes along.

Agnes does find it difficult to paint sometimes, given her age. She finds winters especially difficult, but that doesn’t stop her from keeping at it. Every May, she spends 10 days decorating the freshly whitewashed walls of the village chapel, even climbing up ladders to reach the top!

POLISH FOLK ART TRADITIONS

Home décor is a centuries-old tradition in this secluded village of southeastern Poland.

The women of Zalipie paint their homes, not with a single color, but a range of vibrant floral patterns. These patterns adorn the external walls, doors, windows and even the roof. The entire village looks pretty in a riot of colors.

It isn’t clear when the tradition began exactly. Local legend says that it originates from a time when smoke from stoves would escape through little holes in the ceilings. Women tried whitewashing  to cover up the tiny spots of soot on the walls, but that didn’t work. So they switched to paintings of beautiful flowers instead.

In older times, Zalipie women made their own paint brushes using the tail hair of local cows. The pigments were organic too – sourced locally with fat from dumplings, a technique that gave the paint body. The women would repaint the flowers on their houses once a year during the Corpus Christi feast, when they didn’t have much farm work to do.

TEXT SOURCE : Oddity Central

 

 

 

 

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