The Exhibition of Lace at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum

The Exhibition of Lace will be opened at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum from 14 to 15 September 2016 under support of the Faculty of Textile Design.

The Faculty of Design will present two student projects, which were prepared under the supervision of the Associate Professor Jana Mrshnik, and namely:

– the Urban Nature project photos — the knitted lace, which appeared in 2013 in collaboration with Čipkarsko šolo Idrija;

– the Q-net project, a spatial installation, which will be presented live at the exhibition hall.

Lace is one of the most important areas, which is introduced to the students of the “Textile and Clothing Design” program during the third year of studying within the “Textile Design” course at the Faculty of Design.

Виставка «Мереживо» у Cловенському етнографічному музеїAccording to the curriculum, students get acquainted with the technique of air lace. We are talking about the hand sewing technique with a water-soluble knitting machine. Each year the theme chosen is also accompanied by the demonstration of sewing technique, where the lace is studied on non-traditional materials. In any case, regardless of the methodology, the main traditional approaches to the lace design are observed — regarding both the motives and the content and materials selected.

During the 2013/2014 academic year, the students in collaboration with Čipkarsko šolo Idrija developed modern fashion accessories made of embroidered laces. The independence from the tradition and the use of unusual materials also posed a challenge for the lace-makers who brought to life the ideas, which were difficult to implement, under the guidance of Maja Svetlik, having created technically advanced products. In 2014, the project generally named “Urban Nature” was presented at the international Heimtextil exhibition in Frankfurt, in the Campus section.

The participation of the Faculty at the Heimtextil World Exhibition in Frankfurt continued also in 2015. The new generation of the third-year students developed a team project — modular laces made of laser cut components. The modern spatial installation named Q-net was developed within the Hotel Europe theme, which in the same year was introduced by the organizer of the Campus section.

The idea of the installation is based on thinking about people and their integration into a single unit, about the simultaneous diversity and equality, and about the importance of each individual.

The basic installation unit is an element in the shape of a stylized human figure.

All of us understand and at first glance can recognize the shape of a “toy without body”, which was embodied into a coherent and flexible module aimed at integrating and creating various art objects.

Thus, the installation is a variable structure that can be changed, transformed, supplemented according to the desire of visitors. Its initial shape is modified throughout the exhibition. Certain aspects of this process are documented with photographs.

Visitors take with them certain components of this installation, bringing them into the surrounding world. Its meaning is transmitted as a reminder of a pleasant experience, of one’s own creativity and ingenuity.