Throughout Ukraine there are many different fields of dreams with thousand of players. A vast majority of these players go through life without much fanfare. The players I speak are folk artisans that come from every nook and cranny of Ukraine. They are an interesting breed. Often time they appear to lack any enthusiasm whatsoever when selling their hand made products.
Nonetheless, there are artisans that are very talkative and like the idea of having their products for sale in America. One such folk artist is from the village of Petrykivka which is in the heartland of Ukraine. Lyubov Artyomenko carries on the tradition of Petrykivka Folk Art that was started around 1772 (four years before the United States gained its independence), in the Cossack settlement of Petrykivka.
She explained how the style was first developed by the women of the village. After they had whitewashed the outside of their homes, the women would paint bold beautiful colorful floral designs on the outside walls. It became a contest to see which woman could come up with the most beautiful patterns. Later these same styles were being used on all kinds of items like household goods (spoons, trays, chests, plates). Decorating-With-Ukrainian-Folk-Art-Collectibles
Lyubov said all Petrykivka Folk Art is about nature – mostly flowers, berries and birds. However, the birds she paints are different from other folk artists. Her birds are like seeing a painted dream. She uses her fingers to paint flowers and berries. In order to paint the very delicate and detailed feathers and bodies of her birds she uses special kitty fur brushes made from the hair under the front legs of her cat (no her cat doesn’t suffer during this procedure because her cat’s hair grows back, rendering her Petrykivka Folk Art sustainable and ultra Green!).
You can see her works on sale at Ukrainian Petrykivka Art. Her extraordinary Petrykivka home accents will give any kitchen a bright beautiful and bold organic natural lifestyle look.
Lyubov told us an interesting story about the symbolism of the painted Petrykivka mortar and pestle she had on sale. It represents a happy family life and the two have to be kept together because they symbolize the nature of husband and wife. These two pieces are now a keepsake of ours.