Hi! I am the creative spirit behind Studio Amaranthine.
My name is Barbara Mathews Cieleszky. I am currently living in my third country the USA in Alexandria VA. I grew up in picturesque Budapest in Hungary and also lived for over 20 years in the amazingly inspiring multicultural city of London in the United Kingdom. I love to travel, love crafts and cultures and people from all over the world.
I always made things as a child and in a meandering way I finally ended up creating and curating what I love the most. Currently I am dreaming up textiles, patterns and colors for INTERIORS to enhance our every day lives whilst using traditional crafts in a modern way.
I believe that T E X T I L E S, C O L O R S, craftsmanship, beauty and design can greatly elevate our every day experiences. My designs are inspired by a mix of the different cultures I've come across in my life, my experiences, feelings, dreams and everything I am drawn to.
Wondering about the name of the business?
I am Hungarian... we like long words...
Amaranthine originated from the Greek word 'amaranthos' (immortal or unfading) 'anthos' meaning flower. Amaranthine means undying, immortal and eternally beautiful. I associate that with crafts and their survival. I thought it was fitting!
The iconic William Morris. He is endlessly inspiring and his timeless collection is just... well there are no words!
Most recent thought provoking film?
The Two Popes
Podcast I listen to?
Ways to change the world by Krishnan Guru Murthy
Favourite story ever?
The Count of Monte Christo
What's on my travel bucket list?
I love transporting myself to different cultures and their traditions hence I love travelling. Travel is the secret tonic to creativity...!
Although I like to travel a lot less these days but Venice...Tallinn...Prague...a log cabin! Japan. The culture that had the most impact on my designs so far! Did I mention you must visit Budapest??! if you like culture, good food and old buildings. I also want to revisit Italy. Lake Como, Rome and the old part of Capri. The food... the colors... Barcelona for its liveliness. I guess I could go on...Rio's carnival and tango on the streets in Argentina? India's colors and architecture...hmm... That's it...for now!!!
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If you have an IDEA or would like to collaborate please do not hesitate to reach out.