From 15 May to 15 September 2010
the exhibition halls of the Alsace Textile Museum
in Hussern-Wesserling in France
shall host the exhibition entitled
“The Power of the Thread”, Modern Slovenian Textile Art.
Upon the invitation of the Alsace Textile Museum
the designer Ksenija Baraga also invited four other designers
Eta Sadar Breznik, Anda Klančič, Jana Mršnik and Vesna Štih
to participate in the project.
The exhibition is organized by
the Slovenian Association of Designers
and with the support of
the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.
The textile sculptures were created by five Slovenian designers from five different generations. Although they come from different professional and educational backgrounds of Ljubljana University (painting, architecture and textile design), the fiber and the thread represent the basis of their inspiration and exploration. With classical and innovative textile techniques (i.e. weaving, crochet, embroidery, textile print, patching) co-creation of space and intervention therein are a key element of their exploration of their own identity.
While works of Ksenija Baraga are identifiable by structural textural, colorist and sculptural finesse the works of Eta Sadar Breznik are characterized by transparent ambiental placements with thoughtful emphasis of light. Anda Klančič’s works are represented by her own painting calligraphy, a picture of a linearly and spatially directed air lace. Jana Mršnik and Vesna Štih (BelaBela trademark) explore new interpretations of textiles and apply different non-typical materials while exploring the boundaries and the idea of textile.
Authors and their works are not connected only by a common approach to space, but share also a deep symbolic message for which they strive for. Their works express fundamental human and global laws, warnings, visions, associations, archetypes, symbolism and spiritual landscapes.
All presented artists are independent designers in the Slovenian field of culture and were introduced to different spheres of fine and creative arts during their creative periods. In numerous work projects and results of individual researches they exceed the traditional definition of textile design as a solely applicable skill; they enrich a more complex awareness of the textile art with multiple layers and messages that can be interpreted in several ways.