WHERE EARTH MEETS SKY DESIGNS: Eastern European Folk Art Inspired Designs, 2012-present

Original, handmade designs inspired by traditional Polish, Hungarian and Eastern European art....
The Story

I come to a doorway. It is wooden, and hand-carved with stars and suns that remind me of my place on earth. I pass through this threshold, and I enter another time, another place, another way.

I see tanned, wrinkled hands painting a yellow flower on a white-washed, masonry stove. Red geraniums brighten a window sill. Streams of sunlight shine through an intricately cut paper curtain. Under a thatched roof, atop a high bed, stitch by stitch, a dream garden sprouts to fertile life: hand-embroidered fruits and flowers populate plump, homespun pillows and feather quilts. A kitchen garden pulses with life just beyond the cottage window: rosemary, roses, sunflowers, nasturtium and dill.

I share a simple life, hard work, and gratitude. We thank the creator for the cycle. We acknowledge deep mysteries and pass them on through simple symbols. We work with our hands in paper cutouts and wood carving, bright paint and embroidery: birth, life, death. The sacred and the everyday walk hand and hand. The toil on the land touches the spirits of the sky.

I've entered the place where my ancestor’s souls reside. My roots reach and pulled me here. My Slavic soul has returned home.
In the summer of 2011 I took a life changing trip to Poland and Hungary to meet and spend time with my families in these two countries for the first time. Another mission of the trip was to  study the ethnography, specifically the visual arts and textiles, found in the peasant arts of Poland and Hungary.

The following designs are available as...   
Greeting Cards: Professionally printed on acid-free, cream or white colored card stock and measures 4 1/4 " x 5 1/2". A cream, white, red or green colored envelope is included.
- $4 each
- 3 for $10
- 10 for $25
- will negotiate my prices for orders of 25 cards or more...
+ shipping and handling  
Archival Art Prints: Reproduced on high quality Hahnemule Fine Art Paper printed with archival Epson Ultrachrome inks. Acid free mattes and backing board are included. Limited edition and signed prints available. Can print to order in the size you want.
Folk Flower 8"x 10"prints
$60 matted and framed
$40 matted with backing board
+ shipping and handling

Tree of Life Paper Cuts 12"x12"
$85 matted and framed
$65 matted with backing board
+ shipping and handling
Please email me at kimberlyrepas@hotmail.com  or call at 413-634-5005 to place an order or to be in touch with me.
Winter Holiday Cards, 2013
These new holiday cards are prints of original Christmas tree and snowflake paper cuts that I made this past fall. The red Christmas tree comes with a red envelope, the green Christmas tree comes with a green envelope and the rest of the designs come with a white envelope. I can also make these designs available as archival prints if you are interested and will print on demand. 
Red Christmas Tree, 2013

White Christmas Tree, 2013

Green Christmas Tree, 2013

White Snowflake, 2013

Pink Snowflake, 2013

Cream Snowflake, 2013

Folk Flower Series
I use high quality gouache paint and black ink on Arches watercolor paper to create the original paintings which are inspired by Eastern European peasant art motifs.

"Folk Flower: Blue Sky" 2012

"Folk Flower: Love Grows" 2012

"Folk Flower: Summer Wheat" 2012

"Folk Flower: Poppies" 2012

"Folk Flower: Star Flower" 2012

"Folk Flower: Marigold" 2012

"Folk Flower: Spring" 2012

"Folk Flower: Thistle" 2012
Tree of Life Series
Original paper cuts inspired by the Tree of Life designs found in Polish Wycinanki. The Tree of Life is a universal symbol found in almost all cultures. I love what this symbol represents: a link between the earthly world, the sky, the heavens and the spirit. A powerful symbol of growth and regeneration the tree of life represents immortality through it's lifetime of continuous growth and then development of fruit and seeds that allow the tree to live on.

"Tree of Life: Sunburst" 2012
"Tree of Life: Love Birds" 2012

"Tree of Life: Hope" 2012

"Tree of Life: Twilight" 2012
Thank you for your interest in my designs!