Create beautiful Polish pajaki from natural materials
Discover pajaki, one of the hottest interior trends in recent years
Polish artist Karolina Merska's richly ornamented, reimagined pajaki mobiles have caught the attention of design shows and interiors magazines across the world. Pajaki literally means "spiders of straw," and using simple materials such as rye straw, dried peas, and paper, women in Poland would create cheerful chandeliers to decorate their homes for festive occasions. In her first book, Karolina shows how to create 15 classic and contemporary hanging decorations with wow factor and celebrates the rich heritage of this age-old folk art. Using colorful cutouts, pom-poms, paper flowers, and natural materials, Karolina explores the craft's inspiring past and shares her passion for keeping the pajaki tradition alive today.
About this Author
Originally from Poland, Karolina Merska moved to the UK in 2007 shortly after obtaining an MA in History of Art at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Inspired by Polish folk art, she started making Pajaki chandeliers in 2015. Her work has been celebrated internationally and publicised by Channel 4, The World of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle Decoration, Elle Deco Italia, The Telegraph, Time Out, Harper's Bazaar and many more. Exhibitions featuring Karolina's work include the London Design Festival 2016, 2017, Ace Hotel London 2016, Brussels Design September 2017 and Copenhagen 2017. Karolina loves sharing her knowledge and teaches pajaki workshops in her studio in East London and around the world. A short film about her work can be found here: https://vimeo.com/180807251
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