Forgetting your own people’s traditions and customs is not an option, at least not from my point of view. Therefore, whenever I get the chance to see Romanians honouring our own traditions, I feel humble, happy to share such moments, so I can write about them later on. This time I have witnessed a moment of cultural and historical uncover of the past and present reflected in the artwork of two Romanian artisans and artists.
On August 25, at Orizont Gallery, Georgeta Mocanu and Marijana Bitulescu, opened the doors to their souls by revealing an amazing exhibition of tapestry and textile collages. It's called Beyond.Threads (Dincolo. De fire). It’s not just a collection wonderful pieces gathered on the same roof, but a rewriting of four hands of all meanings of contemporary tapestry.
As Alexandra Craciun, the curator of this exhibition so nicely said it at the opening, when looking at these pieces, one understands that
“Tapestry is not just an art. It’s a science of getting to the bottom of all things, of growing woods without acorns, of raising offerings of threads.”
A graduate from Nicolae Grigorescu Plastic Arts Institute (Bucharest), since 1979 Mocanu has presented her tapestries and textiles in numerous local and international exhibitions. In 1986 she moved to Paris to work as a conservator for Chevalier Conservation, an establishment founded in 1917, which specializes in the restoration, conservation and cleaning of carpets, rugs, tapestries and textiles be they ancient or contemporary. Her restoration pieces are part of important French museums such as Louvre, Musee de la Renaissance, Ecouen, Rouen, Musee de Beaux Arts etc.
Her story-like trees are hand-made on vertical loom in a workshop in Transylvania, in Nandru village (Hunedoara county). They maybe well be trees, cathedral columns and thoughts given to God by the artisan.
The artisans in Nandru used what is called the Persian asymmetric knot (senneh) technique. The length of the wool thread varies from 4 to 15 cm and sometimes even more and which gives the tapestry that 3D look-like.
Born in Craiova city, Bitulescu has graduated Nicolae Grigorescu Plastic Arts Institute (Bucharest). Since 1979 Bitulescu has displayed her art works in over 25 exhibitions and art shows in Bruxelles, Paris, Strasbourg, Beirut, Istanbul, Constanta and Bucharest. Her miniatures and textile collages are part of private collections from France, USA, Germany, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Greece, Spain and Romania.
Bitulescu's creations tell stories of angels and old churches, forms and impulses, flowers and colors, yet they allow you to recreate them in your own personal style. There's a certain joy and happiness you can feel when looking at the textile collage...
And a couple more pictures from the opening evening of Beyond.Threads exhibition.
As Nikolai Berdiaev so nicely said it, tradition is "a communion with history's mystery." Beyond.Threads made me travel through time and space to within me hidden moments of history, spirituality and culture. So, I’ll end my story with an open-heart invitation to visit Beyond.Threads exhibition, which is open until 5th of September 2015.
Discover Romanian traditions
If you enjoy discovering Romanian traditions, have a look at the following blog posts:
A'TOPIA is Ciprian Istrate’s first solo show at Galateca Gallery exhibition space. In case you are in Bucharest, take the time and go see A’TOPIA exhibition which is open between July 13 - September 3, 2017.
This time it’s the story behind the scene of my time spent with Iulia Gorneanu and MSPS agency, altogether working to prepare a very special full-weekend event dedicated to The International Day of IA, celebrated on June 24-25 at ParkLake.
Romanian entrepreneur Viorel Crețu raised USD 22,000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for Wallor, the new smart wallet comes with a special RFID blocking layer surrounding your wallet, protecting your cards from high-tech thieves and their mobile scanners.
The MVP Academy acceleration program, developed by TechHub Bucharest, recently announced that applications are open for the 4th edition of the accelerator dedicated to tech businesses. Startups can apply by Sunday, February 9, 2017.
In March 2015, I was writing on my blog about the pre-order launch campaign launch of Vector — the smartwatch with Romanian DNA which promised customers 30-days battery life. One year, just few days after CES, FitBit announced Vector's aquisition.
It's official! Talentbuddy, the Romanian interactive learn-to-code platform start-up has been acquired by Udemy, the world’s leading online learning marketplace.
It took over a year for a team of engineers at Reloc-Electroputere VFU Craiova to build the first the first locomotive in Romanian running exclusively on pure biodiesel (B100) or vegetable oil.
One of the most Top 10 innovative companies in the world, R/GA is known for the way it reinvented itself when the business context required it. Here's how some of the brightest minds in R/GA today are thinking of the future of technology.
Few days ago I was writing about Kusak/Pop's Urban Unit concert at Tete-a-Tete Herastrau. I've been there two hear them play last night I thought it is worth telling you about.
As Nikolai Berdiaev so nicely said it, tradition is "the communion with history's mystery." Beyond.Threads is an open invitation from Georgeta Munteanu and Mariijana Bitulescu to all of us to discover those unspoken stories hidden among the thousands colorful threads.