Why do I teach & create?
Because I am tired of NOT doing it.
My name is Justyna Skowronek. I come from Kraków, Poland, but in 2016 got entirely fascinated by Lofoten Islands, and since then, I live, create and teach my craft here in Norway, currently in Oslo. If you’re interested in my story, please read further.
Art and creativity came into my life a long time ago. As a child, I was drawing, sewing clothes, creating tiny clay figurines. Many techniques I used had the potential for further development. I wanted to go to art school but instead worked for a financial institution & studied marketing, international relations, and social politics. Some were choices by popular demand, and some out of interest to expand my worldview. But, the truth is, I lost my creativity for more than 15 years. I did have a creative life in the meantime, pursuing some of my interests, like learning about communication, nature, traveling, cooking & healthy living. But I knew this is not enough, that something is missing. It was painful to see my passions slide away.
I came back to my creativity in 2018 with the @unicorn.fra.lofoten project. Crazy, playful, full of serendipity & friendships project that has led to my self-expression. Later on, I learned embroidery, and I came up with an idea to combine my passion for plants and people.
I am glad I returned to my creative life. It mainly happened with the help of women, artists, friends who have inspired me to come back to my dreams (thank you, Thomas Voll, Vilija Vitkute, Gosia Samborska & students, and teachers from Uniwersytet Ludowy Rzemiosła Artystycznego). Now, I am 36 years old and still learning and growing as a human, an artist, a woman. I finally let myself be creative in many different ways.
Along the way, I realized I am also good at teaching. I understand how difficult & essential job it is, how little reward it gives sometimes. I also know from my own experience how bitter it feels to not believe in myself and the pursuit of my passions. So now, in my classes, I focus on empowering people to go after their dreams.
My road to creativity was not easy. It’s not just flowers and rainbows. My road to creativity has been interconnected with the road to femininity. By accepting that vulnerability, looking into the shadow, and letting it come and pass. As everything passes. And the light comes through.
Without looking at it all, I wouldn’t be able to take the needle and stitch my story.
My story is plants.
My story is people.
My story is Plants on People.
MY CREATIVE STYLE
I often get asked – how did I find my style? I don’t think I have done that yet to be truly honest. My style is not unanimous. I love ALL the colors, and I am happy to switch between different techniques. Being an artist, being creative in general doesn’t mean you need to choose one craft and stick to it blindly. Maybe you will decide to focus on just one aspect of your work and develop that area at some point. But IT IS NOT necessary from the beginning.
And believe me, you WILL find a style that you’re at least comfortable with.
I am sharing all of this because I believe I have a message to share and if at least 5 people can benefit from my story, it’s worth doing.
I sincerely encourage you to do the same. The way only YOU know how to do.
Go on, search for your WHY; it might be uncomfortable, it might be painful in the beginning but soooo awesome to finally know it!
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“Warm, easy-going, smart, strong, interesting, fantastic cook, I always felt very relaxed with you and very safe. I appreciate that a looooot! And smiling, always smiling! You are one of those souls that came to Earth to lift people up, help them remember that life is good, joyous and beautiful”
“This dear woman has a warm heart that gives love and acceptance, and her head is full of interesting ideas. She creates beautiful art. Being in her company is supportive and enjoyable”
I attended a two-day workshop here. This is a very beautiful and comfortable place, full of inspiration of art and life. Excellent experienced tutor were very helpful and our study group was also great! I love everything here! Highly recommended!
Throughout my life I have been engaged in different projects, most of them connected with people and art.
Feel free to dive into the world of unicorns & mermen, volunteers & more plants.