handpainted suede by Eva Kielczewska

  handpainted suede by Eva Kielczewska"

Whimsical but not to the whims of fashion are my suede creations. Simplicity is the integral part of my work. The passion for strong and delicate patterns, as well as the earth tones, is reflected in the designs that happen in a spontaneous process. Each piece is precision cut and then freehand painted. I apply several coats of fabric paint to achieve the depth of color and the perfection of the edge. No prior sketching, use of a ruler nor tape are involved while painting. I paint as if I were writing a letter. Many a times I wake up with an image in my mind. The understated elegance is the main characteristic of my work.


Born and raised in Poland I grew up surrounded by fine art and rich folk art tradition. Having received a degree in Economics I defected communism in 1972 longing to change profession that would enable me to work with hands. Seeking freedom I arrived in NYC and went to Parsons school of Design to realize that my inclinations towards craft had been inherited.

My great grandfather on my Father's side, graduated from Academy Des Beaux Arts in Paris and worked as a jeweler for Faberge. My grandfather, on my Mother's side, was a blacksmith.The testimony of his talent had been forged in a magnificent arabesque fence around the statue of Adam Mickiewicz, the greatest Polish poet and playwright from the 19th century.

My Mother played an important role in shaping my sense of esthetics. Always preferring quality to cheapness she designed beautiful outfits for herself. Later in life she had spent years designing clothes for working women.

In my 40-ies I had come across suede scraps…It was the beginning of my work that I continue to thrive in, 25 later. I am self taught, discovering continuously the ability to create new and different work. Drawn to and inspired by traditional craft around the world I work from my imagination, never seeking elsewhere...translating what I have stored in my mind for 70 years of life.