Bozena Wojtaszek – Country – Flora/Fauna

My take on the fauna and flora of France may seem a bit tricky but it represents the best what interests me in this beautiful country the most. After official proclamation of the Republic (1792) the idea was born to replace the old Gregorian calendar with a new republican calendar. In this secular calendar months of the year were named after natural elements and each day was named for a seed, tree, flower, fruit, animal or tool instead of saints’ day names and Christian festivals. This brilliant idea resonates with me and seems so refreshing now, when we have to reconnect with nature again for more sustainable lifestyle. French Republican Calendar finally was abandoned by Napoleon in 1806 but thanks to our modern technologies it survived as a twitter account I follow on daily basis. That’s why I decided to make a visual abstract of random plants and creatures brought to attention in the new world of freedom and equality over 200 years ago.

Machine applique and machine quilting.

Detail views:


  1. A wonderful representation of the history of France.

  2. I love the way that you have managed to include the history of the French calendar into your work. Great choice of fabrics, lovely interpretation, well done.

  3. What a wonderful end to your series. A nice abstract interpretation and composition of what the French Republican calendar is about, nature … flora and fauna. Well done!

  4. Interesting and well-motivated choice of your theme. He completes very well your series. Bravo.

  5. studiociboulette

    I love the colors, attention to details and history of your piece. Beautiful. Bravo!

  6. The idea you used to get the work is very interesting. I love the use of colors and the ditails.

  7. What a beautiful way to represent flora and fauna combined with French history. It is a delightful piece and a great end to your series.

  8. A lovely piece and of course a sunflower. You have a great choise of the fabrics.
    Very well executed.

  9. Very interesting information, that I didn’t know, thank you. Your fabric choice, the design, the colors and quilting feels to me like a breath of fresh air in the countryside of France. Wonderful finale for your series

  10. I like the way that you have added the elements of nthe calendar (which I didn’t know about). The choice of colours and fabrics works really well, and I love the subtle inclusion of text. Well done

  11. Chantal Guillermet

    What a clever way to end your series ! I like your choice of fabrics especially the addition of text !

  12. Thank you for the history of the French calendar. Your choice of fabrics and colors are great together and I do appreciate the small amount of text you have added.

  13. Great choices of animals and plants and interesting history too. I must find out more about the Republican calendar.

  14. Thanks for making us aware of the Republican calendar, so interesting! Very lovely flora and fauna, I especially love the bird (cuckoo?). The quilt has the feel of a warm summer day in the French countryside. Lovely composition and choice of fabrics.

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