Monique Chmielewska-Lehman「OCEAN 」|永續時尚之旅

|Category:Wearable art
|Material:Wool, silk, cotton
|Technique:Tapestry weaving
|City, Country:USA

Monique Chmielewska-Lehman_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

/Artist 藝術家/

A native of Warsaw and a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Monique Lehman is an accomplished and original material art creator, whose work may be found in museum collections around the world (the Vatican, Long Beach Museum of Art, Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Prof. Lin Lecheng 林乐成 Fiber art Museum, Beijng and the Space Museum in Cape Canaveral, FL), as well as in many American public buildings, city halls, churches and hospitals. Her creative output continues the centuries of development of unique, contemporary fiber art tradition. When the Pope John Paul II visited Chicago, Monique greeted him by presenting his portrait she wove as a 6x 4tapestry. Since the American TV showed this event on the news, the public learned about the Polish tapestry school. Ms. Lehman shares her time between exhibiting, working on large commissions, and curating art shows. Moniques accomplishment is bringing European visual criteria to America and China. Lehmans biography, richly illustrated with photos of her artwork, was published in Poland.

She developed an original style of three dimensional Fiber Art, mobile sculptures that change shapes, and have a rich palette of colors and textures to express their themes. Her unique passion is Wearable Art.

華沙人,華沙美術學院畢業的Monique Lehman,是一位成就卓越且富有創意的材料藝術創作者,她的作品收藏於世界各地的博物館(梵蒂岡,長灘藝術博物館,羅茲中央紡織博物館,林樂成教授纖維藝術博物館,北京和佛羅里達州卡納維拉爾角的太空博物館),以及許多美國的公共建築、市政廳、教堂和醫院中。她的創作繼承了獨特的當代纖維藝術傳統,經過數世紀的發展。當教皇約翰·保羅二世訪問芝加哥時,Monique迎接他並獻上她織成的6英尺 x 4英尺的教皇肖像掛毯。由於美國電視在新聞中報導了這一事件,公眾因此了解了波蘭掛毯學派。Lehman女士在展覽、大型委託作品和策展活動之間分配時間。Monique的成就之一是將歐洲的視覺標準引入美國和中國。她的傳記《Monique Lehman》,其中豐富的照片展示了她的藝術作品,已在波蘭出版。


Perspectives on Tradition and Future, Sustainability and Fashion, and Life.

Fashion and sustainability are contradictions. Fashion depends on constant change of taste, color,  choice of fabrics . Design is often influenced by the materials available to different regions and cultures. For example, China’s long history in silk production made silk a central element in Chinese fashion. 60% of todays world population lives in cities, they need to buy new clothes. 100 years ago in my country, Poland,  only 20% population lived in cities . Village girls had their own chests prepared for marriage were they stored embroidered linen tablecloths and Sunday dresses. It was family pride and status symbol to help their daughters fill up their painted storage boxes with hand made textiles which they would use till the rest of their lives.

Twenty first century girl is not ready to make all her clothes and wear them for the next 50 years.

My wearable art follows the tradition of hand woven outfits but their purpose is not to attract the suitors. My outfits are made from unraveled sweaters or pieces of old fabric. They are artworks with the memory of their useful past when they were fashionable.



Monique Chmielewska-Lehman_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

The Concept and Description of the Work

This cape shows  the swell of the ocean wave, where I have my house, in Kona, Hawaii . The sunset is visible under the crest of the giant wave. The dress represents the coast of the island with lava from Kilauea volcano flowing and pouring into the ocean.