My name's Ivana Kocmanová, and I am an embroidery artist and designer based in Prague, Czech Republic. Drawing inspiration from photographs, I employ hand embroidery as a medium to examine the current world with a touch of imaginative exaggeration. My vision is strongly influenced by urban life, subcultures, and street fashion. My work often delves into themes of personal freedom, motherhood, and feminism.
The initial inspiration for my work came from a childhood memory. At the age of eight, my mum regularly received intricately embroidered doilies made by my aunt, who was in prison at the time. This experience sparked my interest in embroidery, and when she returned home, I asked her to teach me.
However, all the women who surrounded me as a child were involved in some other handicrafts such as knitting or sewing clothes. In retrospect, I realize what a powerful tool for expressing their life strength and creativity and what a great source of joy this invisible and unappreciated craft was for them. My endeavor serves as a tribute and a source of encouragement for all women who, despite facing everyday challenges, strive to share their voices and pass on their unique life experiences.
Museum of Applieds Art, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
2022 Designblok Awards Nominee, Veolia Award for the best sustainable project
2020 Czech Grand Design Awards 2019 Nominee
2019 Designblok Awards 2019 Nominee
2023 Czechdesign Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
2018 Krystal Galerie, Havirov, Czech Republic
2023 High Craft, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Designblok, Czech Republic
2023 The Gallery, Austin, TX, United States
2022 Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Designblok, Czech Republic
2022 The 14th International Textile and Fibre Art Biennial "Scythia", Ivano-Frankivs'k, Ukraine
2021 Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Designblok, Czech Republic
2021 British Textile Biennial, Blackburn Cathedral, United Kingdom
2020 Designblok, Prague International Design Festival, Czech Republic
2019 Krehky Mikulov, Central Europe’s festival of art and design, Czech Republic
2019 Designblok, Prague International Design Festival, Czech Republic
2018 Designblok, Prague International Design Festival, Czech Republic
2019 Street installations, Bushwick, New York
2018 Street installations, Red Hook, New York