Medium: Fibre Arts
Location: Vancouver, BC
Member Since: 1993
Izabela Sauer was born and raised in the ancient Baltic Sea harbour town of Gdansk, Poland. There, she studied at the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts from 1985-89, when she decided to leave Poland for North America.
Following her move, Izabela first worked for Yolanda Lorente’s Fashion Company in Chicago designing and painting silks, before moving to Vancouver in 1991 to work for Maiwa Handprints, specializing in hand-painting and dyeing natural fabrics.
In 1995, Izabela decided to start her own company, Alarte Silks. Together with her husband Jacob, today she is creating a variety of fabrics suitable for luxurious apparel, accessories and interior decoration.
Starting with high quality natural fabrics as a base – including raw silk, jacquard, crepe de chine and silk chiffon – Izabela draws and then hand-paints her original designs on the surface. She only uses high quality dyes to produce strikingly colourful ties, scarves and textured Shibori shawls. Many of her pieces are finished with beads or hand-made tassels. Her designs are continually changing and no two creations are ever exactly alike. All dyed silks are colourfast and the scarves are washable.
“Colour is the primary motivating force in my work. Very often, I don’t plan ahead of time, preferring to work from intuition and spontaneous inspiration. Painting on fabric makes me feel a sense of freedom and happiness.”