Category Archives: Folk Art

Zalipie, Poland

Adding Zalipie, Poland to our wanderlust bucket list.  This small village in South-Eastern Poland has an array of small wooden cottages painted in vibrant floral motifs.  Not very much goes unpainted in this hamlet.  Not only are are house exteriors painted but also churches, barns, wells, fences, fountains, bridges, dog houses, interiors and any surfaces available.  It is uncertain how this folk art tradition started but it certainly is worth a visit.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Maria Prymachenko (1908 – 1997)

We’ve been remiss and haven’t posted any folk art for quite some time.  We hope to make it up to you by posting these amazing folk art paintings of Maria Prymachenko.  The Ukrainian artist has lived her life in the village of Bolotnya in the Kiev region.  She has never had formal art training but had a natural talent with an overwhelming desire to create beauty.  She is inspired by the fertile plains of the Ukrainian steppe and by Ukrainian folk poetry. On Wikipedia she tells of how her art began:  

“Once, as a young girl, I was tending a gaggle of geese. When I got with them to a sandy beach, on the bank of the river, after crossing a field dotted with wild flowers, I began to draw real and imaginary flowers with a stick on the sand… Later, I decided to paint the walls of my house using natural pigments. After that I’ve never stopped drawing and painting.”

Images:  Courtesy of a variety of sources.

Clairice Gifford

Clairice Gifford is a designer and illustrator based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her focus is in graphic design, surface pattern, lettering and illustration. Her work is influenced by her Swedish heritage, bright colors, travel and typography. In a Spoonflower blog she writes this about her work:

“I always start my designs with sketches in my notebook, but since I’m a graphic designer, most things eventually end up on the computer.”

The artist can be found on her website, Instagram, Behance and Dribble. She has an Etsy shop, Nifty Swank but she is currently on a short hiatus.

Images: Courtesy of Clairice Gifford.