“Igora” Lucyna Opala

        Textile Felt Designer – Artist

        Director: IgoraDesign ABN 84 465 429 426

 

Education

Matriculated from Liceum Ogólnokształcące, Stalowa Wola, Poland. 1971

Graduated from the prestigious Agricultural University of Kraków majoring in Environmental

Engineering. 1977

Post Graduate studies - Master of Science from the Agricultural University of Kraków 1978.

 

Professional Experience

High School Teacher, Poland 1978 – 1985

Laboratory Research Assistant 1985 - 1987

  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens

  • Institute of Medical Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Adelaide.

Medical Scientist, SA Pathology, Biochemistry department, Endocrine Unit. Adelaide. 1997 - 2013

Textile Felt Designer - Artist 2008 - present

 

Media

Website: http://www.igoradesign.com/

Email: igora@igoradesign.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/igoradesign/

Mobile: (+61) 0413 333 418

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/igoradesign

 

Invited Sponsored Artist

Artist in residence at the Dunhuang Research Academy, Dunhuang, China. September 2016

Invited to teach felting in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China. July 2016

Artist in residence at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. April 2016

Conduct Masterclasses in textiles at the Public Art Coordination Centre, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. April 2015

To teach and exhibit at Public Art Coordination Centre, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. April 2015

Australian representative at the World Craft Council (WCC) Golden Jubilee Celebration Summit in Dongyang, China. October 2014

Invited to participate in the 2014 Nantong International Contemporary Craft Biennale Forum, 1895 Culture Creative Industry Park, Gangxia District, Nantong, China. October 2014

Invited as a tutor by Fibre Arts Australia to teach at the BIG FELT event, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. July 2014

Australian representative at International Forum “Felt Crossroads in Kyrgyzstan”, Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. July 2013

Australian representative at International Central Asian Festival “Oimo”, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. July 2013

 

Exhibitions

2016

Obsessed Dunhuang - Aesthetic Origin Silk Road Exhibition, College of Archeology and Museology, Peking University Art College, Beijing, China. November 2016

Obsessed with Dunhuang Exhibition, Dunhuang Research Academy, Dunhuang, China. September 2016

Design for Life Exhibition, Music Republic, West Bund, Shanghai, China.  April 2016

The Modelling of the Medium Exhibition, The Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China.  April 2016

 

2015

Life & Design Expo, Venetian Hotel, Macau, China. November 2015

International Folk Crafts & Cultural Products Expo, Gui’an, Guizhou Province, China. September 2015

SALA 2015 Festival, “Short Stories' Exhibition at Bethany Wines, Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA, Australia. August 2015

Public Art Coordination Centre, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. April 2015

 

2014

Exhibited at the World Craft Council Golden Jubilee Celebration Summit, Dongyang, China. October 2014

The Year of the Unsettled Sun and Blue Moon Exhibition, Waverley Homestead, Willunga, SA, Australia. April 2014

Emma Hack Art Prize Exhibition, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia. March 2014

 

2013

Amity Craft Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne,  Vic, Australia. November 2013

Atelier les Arts Gallery, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. France.  September 2013

Exhibited at International Forum “Felt Crossroads in Kyrgyzstan”, Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. July 2013

Exhibited at International Central Asian Festival “Oimo”, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. July 2013

Day dreamings: Unframed, Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery, Aireys Inlet, Vic, Australia. May 2013

Tribute-HeartFelt Collection, Daylesford, Vic, Australia. March 2013

The Naked Fox, La Bohème, Adelaide, SA, Australia. February 2013

 

2012

Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA, Australia. December -2012

The Journey, National Wool, Museum, Geelong, VIC, Australia. June 2012

The Canberra Times Crafts Expo, Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT, Australia. February 2012

The Broken Boundaries: Art in Focus, Rogue Studios Chelsea, New York, NY, USA. January 2012

 

2011

Adornment Exhibition, Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA, Australia. December 2011

Eternal Traveller, SALA 2011 Festival exhibition, Turkey Flat Winery, Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA, Australia. August 2011

Canvas and Beyond Exhibition, Yankalilla, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA, Australia. April 2011

Beyond the Surface Exhibition, Yankalilla, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA, Australia. April 2011

4th Exhibition of International Contemporary Masters, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Neonopolis Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. April 2011

esCapes Exhibition, The Milk Factory, Bowral, NSW, Australia.  April 2011

Jane Place Markets, Barossa Vintage Festival, Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA, Australia. April 2011

 

2010

Gallery One, Mitcham, SA. Australia. December 2010

BMW Adelaide Fashion Week, Glenelg, SA. Australia. November 2010

Juxtaposes Studios, Cinema Place, Adelaide, SA. Australia. September 2010

SALA 2010 Festival, Glenelg Art Gallery, Glenelg, SA. Australia. August 2010

SALA 2010 Festival, Santos Conservation Centre Gallery, Adelaide, SA. Australia. August

SALA 2010 Festival, Made in Japan, Hyde Park, SA. Australia. August 2010

Grand Hotel, Glenelg, SA. Australia. May 2010

Glenelg Art Gallery, Glenelg, SA, Australia. May 2010

STARS Gallery, Willunga, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA, Australia. April 2010
 

2009

SALA 2009 Festival, STARS Gallery, Willunga, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA. Australia. August 2009

 

Awards

WORLD CRAFT COUNCIL AWARD FOR AILEEN INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS COMPETITION 2014

Awarded for excellent design and exquisite craftsmanship at the World Craft Council Golden Jubilee Celebration Summit in Dongyang, China. October 2014.

WORLD CRAFT COUNCIL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR HANDICRAFT 2014

Awarded by an international panel of experts of the World Craft Council in Jakarta, Indonesia. Award acknowledges the innovation of combining felt and silk into beautifully designed pieces with harmonius colours. September 2014.

THE CANBERRA TIMES CRAFT EXPO 2012 CHAMPION, AUSTRALIA

Awarded "The Canberra Times Craft Expo" Champion. Achieved this award by becoming the Champion and Reserve Champion in two Categories and included 3 First prizes, 2 Second prizes and 3 Third prizes in various categories. 2012

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM SCARF FESTIVAL 2012 "THE JOURNEY" BEST THEMATIC SCARF 2012

Winner the "Best thematic scarf" category at the National Wool Museum scarf festival 2012 "The Journey". My entry "Desert After Rain" was selected from among 275 entries at the National Wool Museum scarf festival as the winner of the "Best thematic scarf" category. June 2012

 

Workshops

Masterclasses in textiles at the Dunhuang Research Academy, Dunhuang, China. September 2016

Invited to teach felting in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China. July 2016

Masterclasses in textiles at the Public Art Coordination Centre, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. April 2015

Invited to teach at Public Art Coordination Centre, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. April 2015

Tutor for Fibre Arts Australia to teach at the BIG FELT event, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. July 2014.

Felting Workshops, Don Pyatt, Norwood, SA, Australia. May 2011

Fundamental Felting Workshop, Santos Conservation Centre, Adelaide, SA. Australia.  August 2010

Fundamental and Nuno Felting Workshops, STARS Gallery, Willunga,. SA. Australia July 2010

 

Reviews

ADELAIDE REVIEW JULY 2011

 -  in "art on a plate" article described Igora as“The poet in the DB 2011 pack appears to be Igora Lucyna Opala at Turkey Flat Vineyards. Her "textile art creations" are described as an expression of physical, spiritual and emotional experiences gathered from our natural surroundings, its people, their stories and their feelings.”

Carol Sax the PR & Promotions Manager of the Tomeo & Laslett Pharmacy Group wrote in July 2012

“Better Health Pharmacies were fortunate to showcase Igora Designs exquisite fashions as part of a Fashion and Beauty Event that we held in North Adelaide; each piece was a unique fashion statement, which added to the overall success of our event, and I thank Igora for this opportunity.”

Lisa Bentley, projects manager of "Art Approach" New York in June 2011

 described Jgora's work as "The works are just beautiful- perhaps the most striking quality above all else in these works your work is the attention to the subtle and magical power of light, and the energy of composition. When combined with a focused subjectivity they engender luminescent surfaces that glow with a special radiance not usually encountered by work of this kind. There is an understated incandescence to these images that is nostalgic and mystical all at once. You position yourself in the theatrical realm through the dream-like fantastical quality of the imagery almost Surreal, yet not quite there, as if some ghostly memory from a heavenly far-away place; producing a work which resonates with the viewer long after viewing."

 

Carol Cling wrote in theLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL in April 2011

“Around the world in a dayMake that around the world -- on a wall. That's what happens while perusing one gallery wall of the "International Contemporary Masters IV" exhibit at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art in downtown's Neonopolis complex.Paintings from Mexico hang adjacent to artworks from Norway. Austria and Florida share wall space, while Igora’s textile hanging from Australia, depicting a coral reef, hangs opposite the paintings. From sculpture to photography, from drawing to painting, the exhibit features 150 pieces, representing 71 international artists.”

 

AMANDA RISHWORTH MP member for Kingston in her adjournmen speech in Federal parliament on the18th august 2009

said that… “It was the work of "Igora" Lucyna Opala, hand crafted felt which had been made out of wool and silk. It included beautiful shawls, wall hangings and scarves. One thing that Igora mentioned was that they were all made with intense creativity and an intense amount of love. They were bold and beautiful works, and you could see appreciation on the faces of everyone who attended the exhibition."

NISEKO GOURMET JAPAN wrote about Igora's exhibition August 2009

"We’ve been trying to do and see as much as we can whilst here and keeping the focus on things that we love, Food, Wine, Art and Design, have been visiting as many displays as possible to see what is out there inspiring people creatively.

We were present at the opening of an amazing display of ‘felting’ by Lucy Opala last month through SALA and recently made a visit again to hear about her Igora Design. Lucy has essentially, out of love for this art form, taken her work with felting to the highest level.

What surprised her most was the amazing success of the exhibition and the sheer number of people who were amazed by the quality of her work.

With 75% of the exhibition being sold and in excess of 70% to new customers she was just grateful to be able to exhibit and have her work praised by people from all walks of life, so much so that these absolutely amazing pieces have captured the eye of politicians, socialites and industry personnel all over Australia.”

Pam Jarvis editor of TANGO AUSTRALIS wrote in September 2009 TANGO AUSTRALIS edition

Igora designs Australian textile masterpieces "In 1995 we visited a Canadian Museum and saw an exhibition of Landscape Kimonos created by Itchiku Kubota. We were transported by the beauty of the exquisite workmanship and artistry of the tsujigahana pattern-dyed silks crafted into a ?Symphony of Light' depicting the transition of the seasons. Now, decades later in Willunga in a rural arts venue as part of the SALA festival, we had a similar experience on seeing the silk and wool felt creations of "Igora" Lucyna Opala.

 Igora Lucyna, the artist, is also a Tanguera, well known for her extraordinary dress sense and the wonderful outfits she puts together for tango, especially themed events. Her "Queen of the Night" outfit at La Luna Milonga at the Buenos Aires at the Beach Tango Festival several years ago was unforgettable.

Like Itchiku Kobota, Igora Lucyna's work comes close to capturing the flow of Nature"s grand design. In addressing the perpetuity of transformation, her reverence for Nature is manifest in all her creations, from grand vision wall panels to lovely wearable pieces. It was a marvellous exhibition – an Australian symphony of colour, light and texture. Expect to see Igora designs worn by many tango ladies – the exhibition was a sell-out!."

 

Publications

Art In Focus: The Modern Masters 2012

International Contemporary MastersVolume IV2011, World Wide Art Books.