32129RE: [Slovak-World] Traveling in Slovakia
- Sep 8, 2011Julia, hi! It's good to hear from you. Every once in a while I come across
Liz's picture in which she is dressed in Anna's appliqued leather vest and
beaded cepec. She looks very much a princess.
I smiled when I read your last sentence about my not pursuing needleart
studies as a hobby. More and more I have been thinking that Slovakia's
needleartists are, indeed, artists. When we evaluate "fine" art we look at
composition and elements such as color, design, creativity/inspiration and
technique. These are the same variables I use when I look at a Piestany
blouse or a Trencin or Cicmany apron. We're looking at color harmony, motifs
and their use in the embroidered design. And of course, we look at the
quality of the embroiderer's technique. Artists use canvas, clay or marble.
Slovakia's embroiderers (needle artists) used linen or flax ground.
I see each embroidered textile as an artistic expression of the
embroiderer's imagination and skill. You're right! I take my embroidery
studies VERY seriously. <smile> Hope to travel with you again someday. All
the best - Inez
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Behalf Of Matchett
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 11:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Traveling in Slovakia
Inez, Thanks for the update on your travels in Slovakia in visiting museums
and village homes. I appreciate the Slovak words you are including such as
vzory, rad, etc. I have fond memories of last summer of you and my daughter
studying tambour work in a house in Hrochot. I'd like to visit the museums
in Turnava and Skalica some day. It's great that you appreciate the beauty
of Slovak embroidery, textiles and artifacts, and are making it more than
just a hobby. Julia M.
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