Sunday, December 13, 2009

I stood by the open grave

I stood by the open grave,
Numb knees,
No words,
No tears…
Emptiness wrapped my shoulders,
December wind
Playing the saddest tune…

By my side,
My brother stood,
Pale and silent…

“You’re next in the line”,
The whisper came,
Cruel dark reality
Chuckled behind our backs…

I didn’t listen to the priest,
Empty prayers
Didn’t bring any comfort…

My mother is in that coffin,
I chanted to myself,
My mind couldn’t
Understand the thought…

Her coffin laid to rest
On top of my father's,
Just twelve days after…

© Mirjana Cesar
12/2008

In memory of my mother and father 

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blues II






Free form peyote stitch necklace with glass, vintage, seed beads and silver plated component 17"
This is my second blue necklace. I love browns and warm colors, and finally I ventured into the blues. It was more fun making it than I previously imagined.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Yellow goblets



20"H x 16"W
Fiber collage on burlap painted with acrylics, water colors and markers

Monday, November 2, 2009

Black Forrest III



One of the new necklaces I made for the fashion show with Vaiva. Yesterday we had a show rehearsal, and matched up the necklaces with dresses. We are six days away from the event. I have to make few more white necklaces, and than I can go back to painting. New ideas are brewing in my head.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fashion show



My art jewelry will be featured in art fashion show at Greenfield Gallery on November 7th. I'm really looking forward to working with fashion designer Vaiva Tuckuviene. She is a native of Lithuania, a long time model and producer of the fashion shows. Her designs are very feminine and sophisticated with European flare.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Flowers in a vase III



36x24

Fiber collage on burlap painted with acrylics and watercolors.

One of my most recently finished artworks, currently displayed at the "Arrangements" exhibit in Creative Spirit Gallery. Evey now and then I go back to the classical theme of flowers in a vase exploring it in a new way. This one is the result of an ongoing series of artworks inspired by vitrage windows.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

"Arrangements" exhibit



October 9, 2009 – Creative Spirit Art Gallery and the Harwood Watson Dance Studio will host an opening reception for “Arrangements,” an exhibition featuring the works of Karen Carasik, Mirjana Cesar, and Marcos Cruz. Creative Spirit Art Gallery is located at 820A Lake Baldwin Lane in Baldwin Park, Florida. The reception will begin at 6pm and end at 9pm and is free.

“This is an exciting show for me,” commented curator Brad Biggs, “because these three talented local artists will be interpreting the beauty of nature as expressed through precious stones and flowers , and this show will take this traditional subject to the next level.” Gems have great symbolic qualities throughout our culture, and when used in art they communicate emotional and spiritual content.

Karen Carasik, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, paints abstract canvases using social commentary and other thoughtful content as the basis for much of her work. She describes her work as “content-driven abstracts, which have an analytical component,” and she is creating all new paintings for this show. Ms. Carasik has exhibited regionally, and is the director of Comma Gallery in Orlando.

Mirjana Cesar, a native of Croatia, studied furniture design at the University of Zagreb, and her approach to art integrates her love of furniture with the natural beauty of flowers and other organic forms. She paints on nontraditional mediums such as burlap. “I chose to work with burlap rather than canvas,” she states, “because of its natural look, its innate organic roughness, and its receptivity to specific techniques I use.”

Marcos Cruz, a native of Spain, studied art both there and in Puerto Rico, and brings a fresh, Caribbean sensibility to his art. Working with stainless steel and thin lacquer stains, he etches the steel panels with patterns and occasional references to Western science, and then applies intensely colorful stains to them. “I am an optimistic humanist,” reports Mr. Cruz, “and I believe there are solutions waiting to be discovered. Our job is to find them.”

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Red field




28x36
Acrylic painted fiber collage on burlap with wood beads and cotton yarn

This piece was one of my favorite fields. It got sold last year at Florida Artist Registry group exhibit.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fantasia, wearable art cuff



Over two thousand seed beads, pearls and glass beads embroidered in this cuff. I love the abstract look of the piece.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1000 Markets shop



My new shop at 1000 Markets!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Scarlet, wearable art neck warmer with fiber art brooch



One of a kind neck warmer with detachable fiber art brooch.

Recently I'm crocheting again. In my teenage years, and all through my 20-s I knitted and crocheted all the time. Clothing was expensive back then in Yugoslavia, and with my need to have one of a kind things I had to do it. When we moved to Florida, I stopped, simply because there was not much use for sweaters or scarfs. It all came back when I opened my Etsy store. Now, it makes sense again, and I love it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Flowers in a vase II



40x24

Fiber collage on burlap painted with acrylics, water colors and markers.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Charming browns



I curated another Etsy treasury. This time it's all about brown colors, another of my favorites.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Untitled ACEO



I'll be posting more of a new series of ACEO's made with recycled antique music sheets.
Last month after delivering my artwork at Greenfield Gallery in Kissimmee, I visited a huge antique shop next door. After going through the pile of old newspapers, I found these torn off pages of a music sheet collection.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Non vitrage IX


22x42

Acrylic painted over burlap on the board with fiber collage.

I'm preparing for October exhibit at "Creative Spirit Gallery" in Orlando.
Just finished this painting few days ago.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fragments, werable art cuff

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Green"



Green is my favorite color.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pebbles



Free form peyote stitch mixed media pendant, with vintage beads, seed beads, shell and button.
Neckwire, silver-plated, adjustable chain with clasp ranges from 14-3/4-inches to 16-1/4-inches long.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

"Maybe it wasn't love after all"

Love is gone,
washed out
with the last sip of wine,
turned off
with the last flicker
of the candle.

We walk out
in opposite directions,
without sadness,
engraved with
countless memories...
Your silhouette,
lost in the morning fog
vanished forever.
Your footsteps,
I'll never again
hear approaching.
The lonely bench
in the park
will never again
cradle us,
sharing innocent kisses...
Tram no. 5
will never again
pass us,
as we're walking
hand in hand
through the old streets...

Maybe it wasn't love,
after all...
maybe it wasn't
what we wanted it to be...

2005
© Mirjana Cesar

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

"Night and day"



Selection of the cuffs in my Etsy treasury.

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Dreaming purple"



My very first Etsy treasury, "Dreaming purple".

Saturday, July 25, 2009

"Back to our roots"

From the article featured at Neu America Art Magazine
Issue: July 2009

BACK TO OUR ROOTS
The work of Mirjana Cesar.


To talk about Mirjana’s creations is to talk about nature itself. The richness of the colors, the mix of textures and shapes, and the natural elements used in her work are a remembrance of her homeland in Croatia and a measure of influence the American landscape has had on her. Although filled with familiar elements such as flowers and ferns, her composition and forms are her own interpretation of her surroundings.

Mirjana Cesar was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia in 1964. From a very young age her artisan grandparents and mother influenced her with their creative spirits. They taught her sewing, needlework, crotchet, knitting, and everything else involving fiber. She started designing her own clothes and one-of-a-kind wearable art accessories when she was in elementary school. Mirjana studied furniture design at University of Zagreb and this experience allowed her to explore new ways of exploring her creative mind.

After the end of the Croatian War in 1992, Mirjana and her husband moved to the United States where they bore three children. Mirjana continued designing and experimenting with fiber arts and devoted most of her thirties to raising her children. After thoughtful experimentation, she found her way to her own original style artwork. “My artwork is a fusion between acrylic painting and fiber collage with emphasis on the incorporation of natural and recycled materials. It's constantly evolving with extensive use of old artisan techniques, weaving, and embroidery, that all combined result in original and unique works.”

She works with burlap rather than canvas because of its’ organic roughness and receptivity to specific techniques she is currently using. Acrylic paints, fabric cutouts, various yarns, threads, and wood beads allows her to achieve a dimensional, primitive, and yet contemporary look.

Mirjana’s work is full of sensitivity and her inspiration comes from her interaction with the environment. Her paintings embrace a multitude of experiences, references, interactions, and emotional truths that almost transcend the dimension of the canvas. Her artwork is an invitation to return to our roots and to reconnect with Mother Nature. “We forget to look at the simple, small things, like fern buds unfurling, unfolding just like life itself. We should walk the fields of flowers instead of concrete sidewalks.”

Today, as her work has entered a new evolutionary state, Mirjana’s astonishing technical acumen and astuteness have cemented her reputation as an original artist. Her work transcends time and genre and makes the viewer, including myself, long for more of her creation. Although many artists have tackled the same subjects, Mirjana’s originality lies in the contrast between her rough materials and the delicacy of her touch. She captures nature in an unprecedented manner and translates it into the pictorial space with a perfect balance between sensitivity, finesse, and original technique.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Purple field"



36x48

Saturday, July 11, 2009

"I traveled alone"

I traveled alone,
with my delusions,
no father,
no mother,
no friend close to my heart,
only winds of desire
pushed my back forward,
only streets that knew me
whispered a greeting...

And what I looked for
I couldn't find,
those gray, gloomy days,
only a fog, like a shadow
tiptoed after me,
only golden chestnut leaves
felt my footprints...

I realized in a moment,
that silence is a reliable friend,
and secrets are veiled forever,
when no one knows them...

2003
©Mirjana Cesar

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Baraka Home

Monday, June 29, 2009

"Non vitrage IV"



20x8

Fiber collage on burlap painted with acrylics, water colors and markers.

I just updated my website with images of my new series of artworks "Non vitrage". The name self imposed itself because the artwork reminds me of stained glass windows, although my inspiration for the series didn't come from it.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

"Meadow beauty I"




Free form peyote stitch necklace with free form freshwater pearls, tile and seed beads 17"

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Tulip"



8x6

Acrylic painted fiber, paper collage on burlap with wood beads and yarn

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Dark sea"

I loved you in the purple sunset
embraced you
like you're my son,
felt you
like a good old
well known taste
but still undetermined,
all was known
when I was with you
and yet
there was a trace of unknown, still...

Our time
vanished away sadly,
and instead of offering it
to each other
we poured it
into another dimension
which we had chosen
unaware of the reality...

Now we are stuck under piles of
cruel and sticky
everlasting presence
of countless rings of memories...

Yet,
I still remember
silvery moonshine
spread over
the shimmering dark sea,
and us walking,
listening to the music
from a little cafe in the bay...

And,
all I know is
I'll meet you there again....


2002
©Mirjana Cesar

Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Tropical fifteen"


36x28



Acrylic painted fiber collage on burlap with wood beads and acrylic yarn.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Angel ACEO

Friday, June 19, 2009

"Nederland" ACEO

Thursday, June 18, 2009

"Karlovac" ACEO

This is an original mixed media ACEO.

"Karlovac" is a part of ongoing series of ACEO's with monogram themes, created in June 2009.

Prismacolor Marker drawing on a fine-textured transparent Canson tracing paper mounted over recycled phone book page on Strathmore acid free 300 Bristol paper 100 lb, painted with acrylic. Embellished with Croatian postal stamp and markers.

Karlovac is a Croatian city build in 16 century.
Karlovac used to be known in Croatia as 'grad parkova' (the city of parks) and 'grad na četiri rijeke' (the town on four rivers) for its numerous green areas and four rivers, of which the Mrežnica, the Korana and the Kupa flow through built-up areas, and the Dobra is a few kilometers outside the city centre. These designations are now somewhat forgotten, but the beauty of the nature remains.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"My mind"

My mind is ripe,
My thoughts densely filled
Like black seeds nested
In orange silkiness of papaya
Trying to follow the path
Between the shadows of
My past lives
At least, that's how it seems,
All that existed before us...
I lost my way,
Left my reality,
Somewhere behind me,
Walking and holding hands with
Your shadow...
Silence is speaking many languages,
And finally one is becoming
Awakening sound to my ears...

2002
©Mirjana Cesar

"Drawers 40"


24x36

Acrylic painted fiber collage on burlap with wood beads and wood sticks.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Blushed field III"

6x6

Acrylic painted fiber collage on burlap with glass beads and acrylic yarn.

We should walk and run in the fields of flowers instead of concrete sidewalks. I love nature, and I dislike (living in Florida) all the usage of pesticides, fertilizers and all the chemicals that people use to maintain their landscapes here. Yes, everything is lush and green and pleasing to the eyes, but there is a serious downfall to it. Poisoning the wild life, and seriously affecting the water quality, just to name some.

Friday, June 12, 2009

"Passion flowers II"


40x30

Acrylic painted burlap with hand stitched recycled sari silk yarn.

One of the main ideas behind my fusion artwork is to present embroidery in a new, fresh way and bigger scale than usual, traditional approach . I grew up doing all different styles of embroidery, sewing, knitting and crocheting, mainly following patterns. Around my fortieth birthday, I decided to take a different path and use all my knowledge implementing it in a new way, my way, my style of artwork.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"Cabaret II"


One of a kind, wearable art cuff.
It's hand stitched and embellished by seed beads, glass beads and embroidery thread, applied over felt and tulle.

Monday, June 8, 2009

"Night and day V"



Wearable art cuff.
It's hand stitched and embellished by seed, glass, vintage beads and pearls. I used felt and organza fabric.

I love taking pictures of jewelry in my backyard. Living in Florida has the advantage of enjoying the greenery all year long. Since my husband's hobby is a gardening, there are plenty of beautiful plants around our house for me to chose for photo shoots.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

"Enchanting fall"

The necklace is made out of various sizes seed beads, glass, vintage beads, and silk.

I started making jewelry when I was in elementary school.
My mother had a stash of Czech seed beads that she inherited from her Czech grandmother. There weren't any bead supplies stores back then in Zagreb (it was still Yugoslavia, before splitting in 1991). I loved the fact that I can wear my own unique jewelry, my design, and nobody else has the same.
So many years after, I still love the same idea, and I still wear my own jewelry, and accessories.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Flowers in a vase"


36x24

My most recent commission.
Mixed media done on acrylic painted burlap, glued to the board. Flowers are fabric and paper collage painted with acrylic.

Monday, June 1, 2009

"Bird in thorns"

48x36


Acrylic painted burlap with burlap cut-outs and hand stitched recycled sari silk yarn.

Friday, May 29, 2009

First Friday Art Stroll

Wasburn Imports is an exotic store, that carries furniture from
Indonesia, India, China, Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Bali. Each piece has a story to tell. They feature my artwork since last year, and it's a prefect match.
Every first Friday there is a event when all the shops of the antique district stay open.
I love being there and meeting new people. The atmosphere of the store is so relaxed and inviting. An event is becoming a sort of a tradition, with a decent amount of followers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Where I want to be"

 



Where I want to be
40x60
Acrylic painted fiber collage on burlap with wood beads and acrylic yarn

It was pretty challenging working on this size especially sewing the wood beads through the middle section of the piece.

My mother was born in East Croatian town of Djakovo. All my memories of my early childhood are tied to that area. I have spent every summer vacation there visiting my grandparents. Being artisans they're responsible for leading me on to my creative path. The little town was surrounded by wheat, sunflower, poppy fields. I remember running trough the fields, soaking the summer sun, listening to the songs of the busy bees.

Here is the link to the town website:



Love field

Come-
taste sorrow on my lips,

Take these tired cold hands
in your own,
warm and inviting,

Lead me from the
underground of my lost soul,
towards the gates
of divine love,

Cover my shoulders
with hopeful rays of belonging,

Wrap me in joyful words
flawing pure springs of happiness,

Lay me
down in fields of poppy,
caressing my body
with flowers of passion,

Love me...
Love me....
Love me...
Love me forever...

2003
© Mirjana Cesar

Monday, May 25, 2009

"Vervain"


Free form peyote stitch necklace with free form freshwater pearls, jasper and seed beads

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Unfurling"





Here are few of my pieces exploring fiddle head fern themes.
They were made on acrylic painted burlap with hand stitched acrylic yarns and wood beads.
Living in Florida, I miss Croatian forests, misty fresh mornings where we would go hiking to the mountain. Zagreb is placed under Sljeme mountain, and my husband and I were fortunate to live in the upper area of the outskirts of the city. From our house we needed roughly 2 1/2 hours to reach the top hiking. In the winter months, when deep snow would cover everything, very often the only way to go up would be with cable car. On the weekend the mountain would be crowded by skiers of all ages. Spring hikes were the most beautiful ones, misty and crisp. Shy spring flowers were showing up between left over patches of snow.
I wrote this poem bellow remembering those times.





"Spring poem"


Forest is awakening...

while I'm walking on the path
woven by morning mist,
my heart chants an ode
to spring happiness.
In every dew drop on tiny
cyclamen leaves,
I see my reflection
and that of
all the souls
that walked the same path
countless springs long ago,
breathing the same crisp freshness
of forest air,
eyes absorbing all the beauty
of these ancient trees,
listening to the music of the eternal
and everlasting
silence...

and a gushing, chilly spring whispering
the old forgotten tales...


2003
©Mirjana Cesar







Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Night and day VII"


Black and white bib necklace, utilizing free form peyote stitch with fresh water pearls, mother of pearl button, vintage beads, glass beads and seed beads.
It's a fashion trend for summer 2009.
It can be worn with a simple black dress, or jeans and a black tunic. Or it can be worn with a white shirt, or a white linen dress. So many possibilities.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Photos of Croatia

Today I discovered very nice website dedicated to Croatia with huge collection of photos of Croatia.
I was born there, in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. I lived there till '92 when my husband and I moved to Florida. (I can't believe it's been 17 years already.)

http://www.photocroatia.com/

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Soaring"

48x36

This piece was made few months ago.
I started with stretched burlap, gesso, and yellow acrylic. While still wet, a layer of gauze fabric was applied with more acrylic paint over it. I stitched the yarn lines through. Fabric cut-outs were glued with acrylic gel medium. More stitching with cotton yarn. Finishing it with acrylic paint and charcoal.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Rhapsody in Red"


That night
was rhapsody in red
starved for passion
awash in lust
drenched
insatiable
engorged
insane
peculiar
intense
in every way
felt
in every cell of my body
soaked
in sweet sherry
mystified with smoke
of incense and cigarettes


then
wrapped
and stuffed
in a drawer of memories



2006
©Mirjana Cesar

World Artisan Gems Interview

My recent interview for World Artisan Gems website:


http://worldartisangems.com/2009/04/24/mirjana-cesar/

"Found on the beach III"

My take on Spring 09 Jewelry Trend - The Bib Necklace!

It involved my favorite
free form peyote stitch technique.
I used shells, variety of glass beads, vintage beads and seed beads.



"Three tulips"

8x8

I love playing with yarns and incorporating it into my artwork.
Background is acrylic painted burlap with hand stitched acrylic yarns and wood beads.