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Treat your eyes to the rich tapestry of Poland’s visual culture, collated in fascination of our Polish heritage. It’s Kolorowa Polska, led by Alex.

Kolorowa Polska > > 20/03/11 > > Spring is springing

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

This photo was taken in Krakow around this time last year and its reappearance here heralds the springing of Spring once more. Hooray! What’s more, we’ve just finished mastering something new that we’re excited to share soon…

Kolorowa Polska > > 12/01/11 > > Polish Cooking

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Tristan got me this book for Christmas – smachne! It’s full of recipes for pierogi, chrust and all sorts. Love the guy on the cover. There’s a quote in the front that says “A cook is an artist creating impermanent works.” So true.

Kolorowa Polska, Kotki Dwa > > 05/12/10 > > Wycinanki Wonderland

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Thanks to everybody who attended our Wycinanki Wonderland yesterday at the Topolski Century gallery! It was a brilliant day, and everybody did so well! Thanks also to the Polish Cultural institute for their support, and Topolski food for their delicious sausages and gerkins! You can see pictures here.

Kolorowa Polska > > 27/11/10 > > Wycinanki

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Introducing the beautiful Polish craft of Wycinanki. The tradition began when Polish peasants used to hang sheep skins over their windows for insulation, but cut intricate patterns in them to allow some light and air to pass through. This evolved into the colourful papercutting style you see above, delicately achieved using multicoloured paper, glue and patience.

We are running a free Wycinanki Workshop at the Topolski Galley on London’s South Bank next Saturday 4th December. We’ll be helping people get to grips with Wycinanki all day, and rewarding them with Polish food! You can drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm, no need to book. Children welcome too!

Kolorowa Polska, Kotki Dwa > > 19/11/10 > > Preparing for gigs

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Very excited about tomorrow’s gig at The Hobby Horse. Today I’m painting the wooden parts of our synthesiser to match our Polish jackets… see you there! Alex x

Kolorowa Polska, Kotki Dwa > > 09/11/10 > > Kotki Dwa’s Wycinanki Wonderland

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Up for making your own rather special Christmas cards and decorations this winter? We’re running a fun and colourful ‘Wycinanki‘ workshop (the traditional art of Polish paper-cutting) on Saturday 4th December from 11am until 4pm at The South Bank’s wonderful Topolski Century gallery. It’s completely free, even the Polish snacks, so stick it in your diary!

Kolorowa Polska > > 01/11/10 > > Winter Wool

Monday, November 1st, 2010

As winter begins to whisper its cold winds, spare a thought for the traditional dancers performing in the chilly Polish mountains of Zakopane. Functional and beautiful, their woolen costumes keep them warm in style. I want to look like this.

Kolorowa Polska > > 12/10/10 > > U Zalipianek

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Had lovely lunch with Tristan in a beautiful little Polish Cafe in Krakow earlier this year, called U Zalipianek. Not sure what is actually means, which is a shame, but these two characters seem central to it all. If you do know what it means then let me know (comment below)! Love this traditional folky style of Polish painting – always so colourful.

I took some more pictures from from inside U Zalipianek here…

Kolorowa Polska > > 13/09/10 > > Hello

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Dzien dobre – welcome everybody! My name is Alex Ostrowski and I am third generation Polish. This may not sound very Polish, but they say you’re only as Polish as you feel – and I feel very Polish. This blog is going to become a rich celebration of the colourful culture I have come to love, and an invitation for you to love it too, however Polish you may or may not be.