Artist Andrea Kulish opens her new design space, Studio A, as part of the River Arts Districts’ Studio Stroll on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
According to a press release, “Andrea creates the shades for her handmade lamps using an array of unique handmade paper, photographs as well as fabrics. She welcomes interior designers, businesses as well as individuals with a specific idea for interior decor to consult with her for custom-made lamps. For the lamp bases, Andrea collaborates with Asheville’s own metal artists Tina Councell of Iron Maiden Studios and Mark Schieferstein of Skrapmonkey turning each piece truly artisan-made. As for her inspiration, she says, “After making hundreds of colorful handmade lanterns for the annual lantern parade around Jamaica Pond in Massachusetts for two years in a row, I wanted to make something that would enable me to play with color and light and also be more permanent than lanterns.” She names her lamps too. For example, she created a pair of lamps inspired by the mother humpback whale and her calf, Salt and Zelle, which adds a dynamic flair to the lamps. Another is called West Asheville- inspired by the cultural energy of West Asheville.
“At Studio A you will also find pysanky eggs that Andrea creates using traditional Ukrainian patterns as well as her own modern designs. The creation of the eggs is very personal and meaningful to her because it is a tradition her mom passed down to her starting when she was only six years old. For her, the making of the eggs is both a way of expressing her creativity, connecting with her late mom, who as an artist herself was a huge inspiration, and also a way to keep this rare Ukrainian folk tradition alive. It is a unique part of the mosaic of America’s varied cultural heritage. Andrea is very excited to share the making of the eggs with people and will be doing live demos and workshops for those who want to dive deeper in the pysanky egg making artform.”