Mika

 

English version of www.mika.czi.cz

Libuse Mikova - Mika.

Westfields Vineyard

Westfields Vineyards, established 2005, is part of the Mika art studio at 121 Westfields, St. Albans AL3 4JR. Four kinds of English vines, one white and three red. Altogether there are 24 vines.

2009 we produced two bottles of red wine and one bottle of rose wine.

2010 ten gallons of red wine and one bottle of white wine.

2011 fifteen gallons of red wine and eight gallons of Apple Wine. No white wine.

2012 eight gallons of red wine and five gallons of white wine. This was a very bad year for crops and fruits and vineyards because of rain, lack of sun, cold and vine diseases.

2013 six gallons of red wine and no white wine. 4 gallons of cherry wine. This year was bad for sun, rain and cold, but less illnesses.

2014 nine gallons of red wine and four gallons of white wine. This year was bad for sun and rain and vine disease as botrytis,

powdery mildew.

 

Past Lectures

Wednesday 12 March 2014, 7.30-8.30pm

 

Wednesday 6 November 2013, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House. 35 Park Road London NW1 6XT, telephone of Libuse is 01727 864257. Libuse will look at the collection of Flemish tapestries in the Gallery of Tapestries in the Vatican Museum. The weavers were Flemish and Italian. These tapestries tell us about the life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, the history of Rome and Roman emperors.

£9

Magic of Tapestry – VIII

Wednesday 6 March 2013, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House. 35 Park Road London NW1 6XT, telephone of Libuse is 01727 864257. Libuse will look at the collection of tapestries in the Louvre, Paris. Collected from different parts and epochs of Christian Europe, these tapestries tell us about religion, war, nature and morality.

£7

Magic of Tapestry – VII

Wednesday 17 October 2012, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House. 35 Park Road London NW1 6XT, telephone of Libuse is 01727 864257. The talk will be about the visit to the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Harrania Village in Sakkara, Gisa. The beauty of Egyptian landscape in tapestries produced by the children, aged 8 to 20, of Harrania Village. The late Mr. Ramses Wissa Wassef remains an important architect.

£7

May 2012 Exhibition of tapestry

 Lecture

Magic of Tapestry – VI

Wednesday 23 May 2012, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House. The talk was about the 14th century “The Tapestry of Angers” depicting St. John’s vision of the Apocalypse.

£7

 

Magic of Tapestry – V

Wednesday 29 February 2012, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House. The talk was about the 15th century tapestry “The Lady and the Unicorn” and their eternal message of esoteric beauty.

£7

 

November 2011 Exhibition of tapestry.

Picture

Lecture

Magic of Tapestry - IV

 Thursday 10 November 2011, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House.35Park Road London NW1 6XT, telephone of Libuse is 01727 864257. The talk was about her tapestry work complementing her exhibition in the foyer of the house(7.11.-2.12.2011)

All her artistic work in tapestry comes from the impulse of Christianity epoch spirit and her spiritual imagination of life and death and nature. She talked about her art therapy, which uses the methods of Rudolf Steiner in the Sue Ryder home in Ely.

£7

 

Magic of Tapestry - III

 Friday 30 September 2011, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House. The magic of tapestry the art of the French tapestry revival led by great innovator craftsman Jean Lurcat is the subject of this enchanting talk by Libuse Mikova-Mika herself a practitioner of art of tapestry. The beauty of the art of hand will be shown. All welcome. No prior knowledge required.

£7

 

Magic of Tapestry - II

Rudolph Steiner House. Sunday 22 May 2011. This lecture informs on the beauty of the art of hands in the epoch of baroque, rococo until the 20th century with its avant-garde style.

All welcome

£7

 

Magic of Tapestry - I

Friday 11 February 2011, 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Rudolph Steiner House. Discussing the magic of tapestry in the therapeutic method of Rudolph Steiner.

£7.

 

 

Books

 

 "Tom Cat Dali on the Road" by Libuse Mikova-Mika, a 36 page book of illustrations. Published 2009.  £20. Also on the www. ISBN 978-0 906340-20-2

Tom Cat Dali is a real cat figure who lived with me in my panel flat in Prague in 2003. One day, tragically, I lost him. I dedicate this book to him.

"Mystery of Prague". 34 pictures. Published 2009. £15                                      ISBN 978-0-906340-21-9 

The pictures are about the beauty of historical sights in Prague. It is dedicated to all people who like the mystery of Prague and surrealistic pictures.

“Tapestries by Libuse Mikova-Mika”. 20 pictures of tapestries Published 2010.  £4     ISBN 978-0-906340-22-6

“Mystery of Us”. 47 pictures. Published 2011. £15 ISBN 978-0-906340-23-3 The pictures are about the Exodus of men, women and children. Bought by Bookshop of Rudolph Steiner House.

“Journey to Egypt”. 50 pictures. Published 2011. £20 ISBN 978-0-906340-24-0 The drawings are about places during my travels in 2004-2011.

O Egypt, Egypt, of thy religion nothing will remain but an empty tale, which thine own children in time to come will not believe, nothing will be left but graven words, and only the stones will tell of thy piety – Apuleius 125-180 AD

“Chanson de la France”. 70 pictures, published 2012. £20 ISBN 978-0-906340-25-7

These drawings and paintings of the book “Chanson de la France” were created between 1977 and 2012 in various regions of France.

My personal feeling for all the places in France where I painted is deep, sensual and happy, but it has not been always in harmony with the real life and history of the country of the cockerel. 

Sometimes I feel that I was born in the silver waves of the Mediterranean by the Marseille.

If I think of my home, I think of the Ardèche, with its mountains in the strong wind of the mistral.

Thank you, France.

Libuse Mikova-Mika.

I never knew how to do my duty

I never knew how to learn a lesson

But give me a horse

I’ll lead it to water

Give me a magnum too

I’ll drink it with friends

Give me ....

 - Jacques Prévert.

 

“Around the Roads i8n Italy and Spain”. 100 pictures, published 2012. £25 ISBN 978-0-906340-26-4

These drawings, paintings and photos with gobelin “Carmen” were created between 1984 and 2013 in various places in Italy and  Spain. The Mediterranean Sea is the most influential and beautiful nature in the art works of the book. The paintings and photos were born in nature and some of them were finally finished in the studio. My personal and artistic feelings during the Italian travels were deep, sensual and happy; in Venice, Padua, Assisi, Florence, Castel del Piano, Cerveteri and the Amalfi coast. Rome was very important for my discovery of the ancient history of Apennines peninsula and its life.

The journey in Spain was captured with dance and Flamengo music, and horrible killing of bulls in a corrida, which I saw at a television in a pub near Madrid.

If I think of Spain, I think of the unique places, full of history and hope and lost dreams of the freedom and happiness of nature.                                                                        

                                                                 Libuse Mikova-Mika

 

 

... Tu lascerai ogne cosa diletta

... You shall leave everything you love most:

più caramente; e questo è quello strale

this is the arrow that the bow of exile

che l'arco de lo essilio pria saetta.

shoots first. You are to know the bitter taste

Tu proverai come sa di sale

of others' bread, how salty it is, and know

lo pane altrui, e come è duro calle

how hard a path it is for one who goes

lo scendere e 'l salir per l'altrui scale ...

ascending and descending others' stairs ...

Dante degli Alighieri, 1265–1321).

 

 

The exhibition of 5 books in the church of St.Tomas and Augustian monastery,

Prague 1, Mala Strana, Josefska 8, Czech Republik

From 30.09.2012 till ­­26.5.2014

 

Tom Dali on the road, 2008

Mystery of Prague, 2009

Mystery of Us, 2011

Journey to Egypt, 2012

Tapestry by Libuse Mikova-Mika, 2010

 

Many thanks to Pater Juan Provecho

 

 

Order books from icatt@btinternet.com  or libuse.mikova@seznam.cz .

 

Past Exhibitions

St. Albans Public Library 2006 “Tapestries by Libuse Mikova-Mika”"Lady and Bird" , "Carmen" , "Dolphin"

St.Martin-in-the- Fields  London 2010, Tapestries by Libuse Mikova-Mika,The Gallery in The Crypt , Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ. 1 , 2 , 3

Tel.020 77661100  Ivor Catt bought the tapestry “David and Goliath” made from 2006 to 2010

 

St. Albans Roman Verulamium Museum bought Mika prints in 2009

 

CV 2009

CV 2007

CV 2006

 

Art and craftwork

Pen drawing of the King Harry Pub.

The Drinker

Drinking Artist

Mika exhibition, Nov 2005 ; April 2007 ; May 2007 , August 2008

Mika website cz

Guide to Mika website

Tutoring

Articles

Gobelin Tapestries

Copy of original tapestry Tender of the World for sale £8,000

Paintings

On Mika Website

View of Prague

View of Vezelay

Horse on the Charles Bridge, Prague

Wallenstein Garden, Prague

Three trees in Mirabel, Ardeche

Photographs

Botanical Gardens, Cambridge taken by Ivor Catt, June 2007

Art Historians

Roger Scruton

Trevor Dance, Curator of my exposition "Mystery of Us" in the Rudolph Steiner House, London, 2010; Curator of my expositions “Tapestries 2011 and 2012”; Petr Stepanek, Charles University in Prague, included my paintings from Peru and India in his book about artistic relations between Check culture and Peruvian culture (2012).

 

 

 

 

 

Ivor Catt in late 2008