FROM A SIMPLE IDEA TO
The greatest passion
My name is Przemek Krawczyński. I was born in 1983. I live in Łódź, Poland.
In 2009 thanks to my mom, for the first time in my life, I accidentally came across the gourd fruit. As soon as I made my first gourd lamp for myself, I knew that I wanted to make another one.
Exploring this craft and the play of light, the mesmerizing way in which it can change an ordinary interior into a warm, enchanted landscape, soon became my greatest passion.
At that time I studied building engineering and used to work in an architecture studio. However, in 2010 I decided to quit my studies and job and devote my energy to doing something I loved the most.
Just after that, I made a trip to Senegal from where I brought African calabashes. Since then, they have become the raw material for my handcrafted lamps.
“Going out on a limb” was a daring step, but this was the turning point in my life. Although the road was long and full of sacrifices, it is the road of passion and growing as an artist. I never regret my decisions.
“In a different light”
An inspiring story about the greatest passion, big decisions, and dedication in growing as an artist.
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“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola
I am an autodidact. My aim is constant progress in my work, excitation of pushing the envelope, the evolution of my imagination and creativity and the improvement of my skills.
I believe that I have been given some talent and potential from God and I am grateful that I had an opportunity to discover the best way to express and develop it. Creating Calabarte lamps brings me personal development and constant self-improvement.
WHERE I LOOK FOR
I search for inspiration in everything around me; the idea can pop into my head at any moment. However, as Pablo Picasso said:
“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
My biggest inspirations are fractal art, geometry and all types of geometrical, harmonious patterns and constructions. In my projects, I look for harmony and cohesion. I enjoy complicated, varied and composite patterns; nothing about their arrangement is random.
I don’t look for inspiration in any substances that change consciousness. I value the sobriety of my mind in creative work.
MAN DOES NOT LIVE
By Work Alone
After hours spent on focusing on creating lamps, I like active recreation, preferably close to nature. I love mountain biking, swimming, walking in the mountains, photographing, playing African drums or simply spending time with my family. I enjoy valuable books and good music.
In one of the pictures, you can see my beloved mother Anna, thanks to whom my adventure with gourd has begun.
SHE BROUGHT LIGHT
Into My Life
I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t meet Lena in 2014.
For the five years we had been given of living together and just 14 months of marriage, Lena made a huge and priceless impact on me, my life and my work, and I will be grateful for this love for the rest of my life. Lena always believed in me like no other (more than I believe in myself), motivated me to creative work and inspired me. Thanks to her I am definitely a better person and a better artist.
Lena was a beautiful soul, the most exceptional women I have ever met and a true admirer of nature.
My beloved wife has passed away in June 2019 after struggling with cancer disease. She was 33 years old.
Lena brought the light into my life and that light will shine even though she is now somewhere else. Her love will always be present in my work.