Pop art and embroidery might not seem like a perfect match at first, but Polish textile artist Alicja (Alice) Kozlowska found a way to combine the two into fascinating artworks. Kozlowska recreates everyday objects as embroidered felt sculptures with a goal to provide the viewer an “opportunity to rethink these items” while hoping to popularize fabric as a “work of art”.
Early in her artistic journey, Kozlowska created paintings, graphics, and sculptures in a more conventional way. At the same time, she enjoyed working with textile and fabrics through sewing and embroidery.
After encountering various examples of embroidery art, Kozlowska started sewing paintings before testing the waters with felted sculptures. She found success with these works and got the idea to combine the practice with her love for pop art.
Kozlowska is inspired by consumerism, mass culture, and daily life. In making her sculptures, she mostly uses felt and fabric but also combines materials from newspapers, labels, and foils in order to get her message through and recreate the item to the slightest details.
“Every work requires commitment and patience from me, it is unique, created spontaneously without a specific pattern and in a fit of inspiration,” Kozlowska explains on her website. “Working with the material is my passion. I try to make each of my works unique and stimulate the viewer’s imagination.”
Kozlowska’s sculptures have been published in several publications and books while also being part of solo and collective exhibitions all over the world. Check out more of them below.