Quilt - art

Welcome on my website:

Welcome on my website

My name is Olga Szatmari (Navratilova). I'm Czech. I was born in 1976 in Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic. I currently live in Budapest, Hungary with my husband and two sons.

Though my original profession (Finance and Management accounting) is not related to any kind of creative art, even as a child I was very creative and really liked sewing, drawing and designing textile products. If I remember correctly, I was about 11 when I started secretly using my mom’s sewing machine.

There are a few relatives in my family who are really neat-handed. My uncle František Navrátil (*19.4.1932) is an internationally known Czech academical sculptor living in Borkovany (south of Moravia) focused on work with stone and bronze. He studied at the Tomas Bata School of Art in Zlin between 1950 and 1954. From 1954 until 1960 he studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague and he was a student of Vincenc Makovsky (1900–1966, avant-garde Czech sculptor and industrial designer). He was teaching at the Academy of Artistic Crafts in Brno during 1965-1975. His work use to be exhibited all around the world. Another artistic person in our family was my grandma Anna Navratilova. She was painting and engraving beautiful Easter Eggs using a special, more than hundred years old hand-made technology in Borkovany (south Moravia). Her work is internationally known as well. Not only people from Europe know traditional Borkovanys' Easter Eggs but even in the US, Canada and Mexico people try to get the jewels from workshops of Czech folk art. There are up to 150 thousands of Easter Eggs exported from Borkovany every year.

Few years ago I got an Italian edition of Patchwork Burda from my mother-in-law. I fell in love with artistic patchwork and quilts as soon as I opened it. I have never taken part in any patchwork course because I felt I was able to create an art even without learning techniques just by using my gifted skills and improvisation. Several times a day I have a vision of my next artifact. This is how my new hobby began. This is how my genetic dispositions woke up and started an action of my artistic creativity. The whole process from the vision to the finished product is a long journey requiring plenty of time because most of my artifacts are hand made. Just for your orientation: one of my last arts (Klimt-The Tree of Life) took about 200 hours to make.

What is Patchwork?
Patchwork or "pieced work" is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. The larger design is usually based on repeat patterns built up with different colored shapes. These shapes are carefully measured and cut, straight-sided, basic geometric shapes making them easy to piece together. Precise joining makes for patchwork that lies flat without puckers.

What is Quilting?
Typical quilting is done with three layers: the top fabric or quilt top, batting or insulating material and backing material. The quilter's hand or sewing machine passes the needle and thread through all layers and then brings the needle back up. The process is repeated across the entire piece where quilting is wanted. A straight or running stitch is commonly used and these stitches can be purely functional or decorative. Quilting is done on bed spreads, art quilt wall hangings, clothing, and a variety of textile products.

What do I do and how do I do it?
I mostly do wall hanging pictures from textile. I'm inspired by my own ideas, interesting pictures or by artworks of famous artists. All these give me a base for my further work. I use the principals of patchwork because the top layer of my products is created from more pieces. But it is not traditional patchwork. I do use applications on my work which are always hand-made and attached with hidden stitches which gives you pure line of picture. I use quilting. I'm fascinated by the neverending scale of natural and geometrical motives, variety of colours and endless amount of material available on the market. Necessary precision is my strongpoint. I try to amplify the final impression of every product by choosing brand new luxury material, the already mentioned precision, interesting quilt or even plasticity when using different sorts of applications (beads, ribbons, spangle golds, needleworks etc.) I prefer using glossy textile fabrics. It's not exactly easy to work with it because of its softness but the final result is worth it. The different intensities of light reflection from a glossy picture guarantees plenty of images and thanks to that they will never turn into boring accessories of your interiors. Every piece I present on this site is unique and will not be recreated.