Pajaki making workshop
Join artist Karolina Merska for a pajaki making workshop.
During the two evenings workshop Karolina will introduce you to a rich history of unique Polish rye and straw chandeliers called “pajaki.”
Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) are traditional Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper. Their history dates back to the mid-18th century. Made by country women as decorations for their homes especially for Christmas, Easter, as well as for weddings and christenings. Suspended from a ceiling in a main room, amongst colourful paper cut-outs, paintings and paper flowers they became a popular decoration in polish village houses. They were a symbol of harvest and happiness in New Year.
Today the tradition is practised less and less. Karolina keeps pajaki tradition alive.
Karolina will teach you how to create a structure which later will be decorated with 5 traditional “kalinka” pom poms. “Kalinka” pom pom is made of 15 layers of hand twisted tissue paper.
By the end of a workshop you will learn some new unique skills and take a beautiful colourful pajaki with you to decorate your house.
Spring & Summer Dates:
17th & 18th March / 6.30pm - 9.30pm
28th & 29th April / 6.30pm - 9.30pm
19th & 20th May / 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Please choose dates from a dropdown menu.
Workshop is run in a small group of a maximum of four people. It gives enough time for Karolina to spend time with each participant to present and practice secrets on how to make the best pajaki. Working with paper is also very relaxing and improves your wellbeing.
Each participant will receive a 10% discount to spend at Folka during the workshop. Copies of Karolina's book "Making Mobiles. Create beautiful Polish pajaki using natural materials" will be available to purchase.
Folka / 84 Stoke Newington Church Street / N16 0AP London
All materials are provided.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be served during the workshop. Glass of prosecco will be served upon arrival.
Tickets are non refundable. In a case of not enough interest in the workshop, it can be postponed to other dates.