Hi! I am the creative force behind Studio Amaranthine.
My name is Barbara Mathews Cieleszky. I am currently living in my third country the USA in quiet Alexandria. I grew up in Budapest in Hungary and also lived for over 20 years in busy 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 patterns and colors for INTERIORS to enhance our every day lives whilst using traditional crafts in a modern way.
I believe that craftsmanship, beauty and design can greatly elevate our every day experiences. So can colors, textures and cultures.
MY JOURNEY HAS TAUGHT ME MANY THINGS THAT I TRY TO SHARE THROUGH MY COLLECTIONS BLOG or wherever I can.
Wondering about the name of the business?
Amaranthine originated from the Greek word 'amaranthos' (immortal or unfading) 'anthos' meaning flower. Amaranthine means undying, immortal and eternally beautiful. I thought it was fitting!
I design all the fabrics the Studio offers by hand also partner with craftspeople in different areas of the world and sell their wonderful creations.
What's on my travel bucket list?
Although I like to travel a lot less these days but Venice...Tallinn...Prague...a log cabin! Just want to see that faded grandeur and those peeling walls... and the charms of smaller cities in Eastern Europe. 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... I loved it. Barcelona is another city I'd like to go to again. It's so fun! I guess I could go on...Never been to South America. Rio's carnival and tango on the streets in Argentina and India's colors. That's it!!!
You can also KEEP IN TOUCH on Instagram on daily happenings @studioamaranthine
If you have an IDEA or would like to collaborate please do not hesitate to reach out. No matter how seemingly crazy the idea seems:)