You are cordially invited to the opening of the graduate students’ exhibition, Chair of textile and fashion Design at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana


Interpreting the traditions of Ivan and Helena Vurnik

On Wednesday, 1st of June 2022 at 7 p.m., Gallery Šivičeva hiša in Radovljici, Linhartov trg 22.

The exhibition was created in cooperation with Centre for Architecture Slovenia and Chair of textile and fashion design at the Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design, Faculty of Natural Sciences  and Engineering, University of Ljubljana.
The exhibition will be opened by the Mayor of Radovljica, Ciril Globočnik and by the representative of the Local Comunity Radovljica, Andrej Golčman.

Authors: Sara ŠmidRebeka MamićTeja ŠterAnita Končar and Ela Lesar
Mentors of the project: Marija Jenko and Barbara Viki Šubic
Participants: Ursula OitzlAndrej VilarMarjeta ČukUroš ŠtefelinMojca Košir and Nina Glavič

Sara Šmid, Rebeka Mamić, Teja Šter, Anita Končar and Ela Lesar were impressed by the exceptional cultural tradition, progressive architecture and significant works of painting and design bequeathed to the Slovenian people by Ivan and Helena Vurnik. Different views on their work led them to design various textile products as part of their dissertations, but they all first took root during the period in which the two artists were working. Starting from Vienna, where they studied together and where they were overwhelmed by a wave of a new style Secession, the students’ attention was mainly focused on their mature creative period in Radovljica and beyond.

They were sincerely devoted to work, family and homeland. The beauty of their works is not only the fruit of their extraordinary talents, but springs from the intellect they developed and strengthened with mutual respect, the spirituality they accepted as a gift, and the patriotism they could not live without.

The students were delighted by the architectural details, the virtuoso ornamentation and the particular colorfulness of their works. In their drawings, which formed the basis for the textile patterns, the students implemented the adopted motif in different ways. They internalized the tradition of Vurnik and compared it with the modern way of life. They used the design of textile patterns, their own work involving various computer tools, and later various textile implementation techniques to represent their views on the current living culture.

They created various useful textile products that were given their original expression through original textile patterns derived from Vurnik’s heritage. Through the creative phase of the diploma works, pure artistic textile patterns were transformed into textiles, knitwear, fabrics and printed matter – the main components of room textiles, tablecloths, clothing and fashion accessories in the exhibition in honor of Ivan and Helena Vurnik, architect and painter.

Marija Jenko

Vurnikovi dnevi 2022

Photos from the exhibition: Jakob Renar

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