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“Let it weave!”

This exhibition is more than the numerous pictures and showpieces – it is made of unique stories and interesting people. “Let it weave!” it the outcome of two projects: “On the basketry trail of the Vistula river” and “On the basketry trail of Poland”. The latter was awarded the “Folk Oscar” for the best research project in 2011.

The exhibition presents works of both traditional folk artists, basketry artisans and modern artists and designers relying on traditional materials and techniques.

44 large-format photographs

presenting the portraits of basket makers with captions including their original quotes.

Basketry objects

– over a 100 woven objects of various sizes, made of willow, straw, bulrush, tree roots, and artificial materials. Hats and bags, fishing equipment, furniture, moulds, tools. Each item contains a description.

The documentary video “What are you weaving?”

– 8 independent episodes, less than 20 minutes each, recordings from the field research.

We can also organise an official opening of the exhibition with a workshop and a basketry show.

Costs:

Renting the set of exhibits for 1 month – PLN 2500 net/gross (+ shipping).

Renting only some of the exhibits, or organising the exhibition along with a workshop and a show, or renting the exhibits for a longer period is priced individually. If you order a series of basketry workshops, the exhibition is FREE OF CHARGE!

If you’d like to get some more details or place an order – call us or write us!

Anna Krężelok will answer all your questions:

biuro@serfenta.pl

tel.: +48 517 152 687

Viva Basket!

During our research trips we discovered that handwork and handicraft is a shared experience and heritage of all humankind. We encountered the same techniques and materials used for thousands of years in various places. This is why we believe that basketry is a universal language common to people all around the world.

The exhibition is a result of ethnographic research in Poland and Norway. We are interested in the cultural context of basketry and thus we would like to answer the following question – why do more and more people take up this activity and discover the need to use their hands creatively?

The exhibition consists of:

  • 49 boards (120×90 cm), z with photographs and descriptions (in Polish, English, and Norwegian)
  • 40 basketry objects – traditional Polish and Norwegian woven products, including various types of baskets, shoes, fish trap, and 3 additional items from other parts of the world
  • 5 outdoor display stands with concrete bases.

The exhibition is accompanied by a projection of videos from the project study visits.

We can also organise an official opening of the exhibition with a workshop and a basketry show.

Costs:

Renting the set of exhibits for 1 month – PLN 2500 net/gross (+ shipping).

Renting only some of the exhibits, or organising the exhibition along with a workshop and a show, or renting the exhibits for a longer period is priced individually.

If you’d like to get some more details or place an order – call us or write us!

Anna Krężelok will answer all your questions:

biuro@serfenta.pl

tel.: +48 517 152 687

Weaves on the wave

The exhibition is the fruit of our cooperation with the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Serfenta exists so that basketry could live! The weaving workshops realised in cooperation with the Faculty of Industrial Design successfully helped in keeping basketry alive.

In the course of three semesters, students of the Alternative Design Workshop coordinated by Anna Szwaja learned the secrets of the craft of basket making. During workshops organised by Serfenta, they visited master basket makers to practice weaving with bulrush, willow, and straw. Then, during university classes, they translated this experience into design work and invented new applications for the traditional handicraft techniques. As a result, they created innovative products using additional non-standard materials.

The goal of the project was to design modern objects that could be woven by traditional craftspeople – and consequently, to support basketry and make it attractive to contemporary users.

To be an effective designer, you must learn the possibilities and limits of particular materials and methods. Substantial knowledge in this field allows you to use both materials and methods in an intelligent and sensible way in the designing process.

For the young designers, it was a unique experience and opportunity to work and study with master basket makers such as: Stefania Suchora — bulrush, Stanisław Kołodziej — straw, or Grzegorz Gordat — willow. Paulina Adamska from Serfenta kept an expert eye on the workshops.

The projects presented at the exhibition show the great potential hidden in the combination of the beautiful native craft and the creativity of young and aspiring designers. I’m proud of the students also because they made most of the objects themselves with their own hands!

– Anna Szwaja, PhD –

 

Costs:

Renting the exhibition, along with a workshop or a show, is priced individually.

If you’d like to get some more details or place an order – call us or write us!

Anna Krężelok will answer all your questions:

biuro@serfenta.pl

tel.: +48 517 152 687