About the Lab
My name is Pola. The world is full of unexpected things. Would you be surprised, if I tell you that I’m chemical engineer? Yes this engineer is handcrafting artifacts instead of working in office. I got a lot of influence to handcrafts as my mother have worked her lifetime with fabrics, clothing and accessories.
I am keen of birds, so making a brooch from them has been interesting for me. I am also collecting brooches, as I like to be unique and stand out from the crowd. Nothing will make you more unique than handmade PolaLab artwork. I hope that you can also enjoy my creations.
First steps in handcraft were made when I took crochet in my hands in 2005. First piece was medium size bag crocheted with thin thread and full of crocheted roses and leaves with beaded decoration. I still enjoy crocheting and use this technic for some projects. After crocheting I’ve tried knitting, wet and dry felting, doll making, sewing and other creative ways to express myself. With some time embroidery became my priority and now you can see this birds made in my own technique.
All the details of pieces you can find in PolaLab are carefully made by hand. Each flower on headbands and bracelets is also handmade. I do not use any ready-made flowers and do not use glue to make my own. For flowers and feathers I’m using silk, imitation of silk, satin and atlas laces. Each feather is carefully shaped and toned according to the type of the bird. If there are beads and stones - each of them is attached to the jewellery pieces with a strong thread without glue.
Embroidery was always something full of magic and luxury for me. If you will take a look at the clothes collection in museums you will find gorgeous dresses embroidered with silk or golden threads. Embroidery traditions are going back to centuries ago. Many nations were using embroidered pieces for the most sacred costumes in their life. To make the textile embroidery more valuable they were adding glass beads, metal and stones. There are also silk lace flowers and lace embroidery pieces. After I’ve tried beads and stones embroidery I felt like the pieces are coming out too heavy what makes me want to use them much more rarely. After I’ve tried silk lace embroidery I felt like the jewelry looks more girlish and sweet what does not correspond to my own style. When I’ve learnt embroidery I understood that flat and monotone texture is not for me either. The magic began after I combined last two embroidery techniques to make bird brooches and first two for making headbands. Now I know what is my style and this is the way I feel the beauty. The most amazing thing is that there will be more experiments in future...