BLANKA BERTA KOLKOVACzech Republic | 2020
SECTION OF DRESS: Folk embroidery
An honouring of the many women that have come together to work on the dress.
Originally from the Czech Republic Blanka has been in Glastonbury, Somerset for the last 5 years living and working in Zig Zag (a derelict 23000 sq. ft icon of a building on three floors) which has now been lovingly filled with accommodation, art studios and a gallery).
Blanka also has a cosy caravan just outside, the interior of which she has hand painted in the most exquisite eastern European folk patterns
Blanka works with textiles, mostly knitting and crochet and also recycles old clothes. Currently Blanka is creating a new Textile Recycling centre in an old factory building – drawing together all the textile creatives in the area to be make something truly special. The space will offer classes and workshops as well as an opportunity to connect with all things textiles.
Inspired by her roots, in particular czech and slovak folklore embroidery Blanka created a a beautiful motif onto the outside of the bodice arms. Bold floral and decorative shapes swirl out from the word ‘Sesterstvi’ meaning ‘Sisterhood’
“ ..this word came to my mind when I’ve seen your dress for the first time...this is real sisterhood project”.
Blanka Berta Kolkova
To contact Blanka for commissions, please write to her on: firstname.lastname@example.org