A native of Warsaw, Poland, Joanna Alot-Ciecholewski's talent for sketching, as well as her education in composition and coloring, inspired her to become an artist of hand-painted silks and scarves.
After moving to America in 2002 to launch her own line of wearable art, Joanna Alot Design Limited, she has now expanded from Chicago to New York. Notable clients include everyone from the Clinton family to the President of Poland. When asked about what inspires her artistic creations, Joanna credits both Picasso and Joan Miro for their exemplary use of bright and vivid colors, as well as travels across foreign lands (those enriched with exquisite architecture and sculpture) that left lasting impressions on her.
Using meticulous techniques such as watercolor, traditional batik, and “tie and dye-like" oil painting, the beauty of her designs is in the details and the perfecting process. "The designs are finalized with gold- or silver-leaf finish, highlighting the natural elements of my inspiration, like gingko leaves, fish, and coral. Other times the final elements reflect the unique passions of my dedicated clientele, like music, the Chicago skyline, or Da Vinci sketches," Joanna explains.
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A member of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joanna creates artwork for their catalog, gift shop, and trunk shows every year, inspired by a mix of high-end, contemporary art (installations, painting, and sculptures) and classic lines that are prevalent in the Chicago art scene.
When we asked her which is more important, the subject of a painting or the way it is executed, Joanna said, "It's a balance of having a definite idea of what you want to achieve, while executing a specific technique. You should always take into account trends for the season, the client's needs, and your passion, too." And speaking of passion, Joanna says that if you're looking to get involved with the arts scene—be it as a designer, painter, or mixture of both—you've got to be creative, find your own talent, and never stop trying. Draw, write, express.
Learn more about Joanna's artistic creations HERE.