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Finally is snowing in Galway. I stick my head out the window, the white flakes dance and fall on my face. It very rarely have fluffy winter in Ireland. Today’s snow is also fleeting, I know it is one day, but I am happy as a child of it.
I run with my camera to the river, and on my way, in the corridor, I notice a parcel from Poland. This is a cloth bag with a painted Connemara, made for me by Anna Rychert. I hang it over my shoulder feel joyfully, snow is falling on the sheep’s head and yellow sneakers. And I wonder how I deserved for such beautiful surprises from friends.
The lights, in an instant can bright up any left content
Since childhood Ania Rychert has been trying to transfer what she sees on paper with crayons. At the beginning most often she sketched birds. Then she left drawing and painting a little bit aside for many years, but always was making craft. When few years ago Ania read the article by a journalist Monika Andruszewska about patients of a psychiatric hospital in Svatove. Where also are victism of war in Donbass, in Ukraine, and who were sometimes abandoned by their loved ones. Anna decided to send them postcards, and she still is doing it. The painted canvas bags were another idea for gifts. The patients enjoyed her letters and handmade surprises. This is a light to their lives. They started to call her auntie Ania.
You can take the beautiful painting anywhere
Now she paints canvas bags for friends. Ania presents on the bags their interests or characters. She portraits fleeting moments, such as a group of friends walking in the woods. On Ania’s bags, the lake and the marina of boats shine in the sun, autumn leaves fall onto the path, a Gothic tower emerges from behind dense trees, and the cat purrs under the rainbow. She also made a peculiar bag with illustration of blog bobreczki for Justyna Paluch.
Ania paints pictures on T-shirts, especially for the granddaughter, as well. Her illustrations look like paintings took from a gallery, and on a bag or blouse, they can be taken anywhere. This art is also durable because is made with special fabric paints.
I love fabric bags not only for shopping. I carry books, notebooks or sandwiches in them. I can hide my gloves, a hat, or extra sweater. There is more to canvas than the eye can see. For me, such a bag is part of my everyday fashion.
It is already evening, the snow is slowly melting, after all, it only came for one day. My beautiful bag hangs on and is eye catching decoration of the corridor. Tomorrow I will go with my Connemara on the bag into an ordinary – magic world.
What do you think about Ania’s pained bags? Do you like the canvas bags?
The pictures of Anna Rychert, all rights reserved.