‘I Knit So I Don’t Kill People’: 13 Images From the Exhibit ‘Rdeča Nit / Red Thread’

For those of you who were longing for the Croatian translation of “I knit so I don’t kill people”, you’ll find it above. You’re welcome.

This work by Croatian painter Duje Kodzoman serves as the introduction to Rdeča nit / Crvena nit / Il filo rosso / Red Line (or better, Red Thread), a collaborative exhibit between the Design Society of Slovenia (DOS) and the Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts (ULUPUH) now showing at the Municipal Gallery of Art in Piran, Slovenia.

The piece set an appropriately light tone for the exhibit, at least in my mind, which immediately raced off remembering woman from my childhood who spent an inordinate amount of time with knitting needles in their nervously busy hands. Most were from the former Yugoslavia and I can’t begin to imagine the number of lives their pastime had spared.

That playful intro notwithstanding, there’s an inviting flare of both magical realism and surrealism to the exhibit, set across the attractive twin story space located at the northwestern corner of the city’s central Tartini Square, which includes the work of 21 artists.

According to the exhibit program, the concept finds its most immediate origins in the 2010 exhibit The Power of the Thread held in in Alsatian city of Husseren-Wesserling, France, which combined textile works in both classic and modern styles. This show is a continuation of that, a thread of continuity in an almost literal sense.

Leteci cilimi by Eta Breznik

Rdeca Nit at the Piran City Art Gallery 2015
Rdeca Nit at the Piran City Art Gallery 2015

Most take on the form of textile sculptures, from Eta Breznik’s Leteče preproge / Leteći ćilimi (2010) above, which dominate the space, to the twin dresses below, V Vetru and Trnuljčica by Ksenija Baraga, who also collaborated in the Alsace exhibit.

V Vetru and Trnuljčica by Ksenija Baraga

But what most fascinated me was Urh Sobočan‘s very nontraditional take on čipkanje, the very traditional Slovenian lace work made famous by the wives of slowly dying mercury miners in the town of Idrija. I joked that his subject matter, largely scenes of death and despair, isn’t quite your grandmother’s typical čipkanje. It turns out that it is. Sobočan prepared the drawings, and his grandmother took over with needle and thread to produce the exhibit’s best cross-generational collaboration.

Skusnjava | Temptation by Urh Sobočan
Skusnjava | Temptation by Urh Sobocan
Vojna 1 | War 1 by Urh Sobocan
Vojna 1 | War 1 by Urh Sobočan
Vojna 2 | War 2 by Urh Sobocan
Vojna 2 | War 2 by Urh Sobočan
Vojna 4 | War 4 by Urh Sobocan
Vojna 4 | War 4 by Urh Sobočan
Boj | Battle by Urh Sobočan
Boj | Battle by Urh Sobočan

A few more images from the 16 October 2015 opening below.

 

Rdeča nit / Crvena nit / Il filo rosso
Mestna galerija Piran (Piran City Gallery), Tartinijev trg 3, Piran
Through 24 January 2016

 

 

Opening of Rdeca Nit at the Piran City Art Gallery
Opening of Rdeca Nit at the Piran City Art Gallery
Vesna Plese of ULUPUH at the Municipal Art Gallery in Piran, Slovenia
Vesna Plese of ULUPUH at the Municipal Art Gallery in Piran, Slovenia
Piran City Art Gallery
Piran City Art Gallery
Municipal Art Gallery, Piran Slovenia
Municipal Art Gallery, Piran Slovenia

And marginally related: Since I don’t blog much about this thousand year old Adriatic seaside town that gave its name to this site (and me to the world), I suggest you check out more about Piran here.

 

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  1. C. J. Hartwell says

    Beautiful — I love textile arts. And I find knitting is a very calming hobby, when all else fails. 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      Calming indeed. It obviously works. 🙂

  2. Kelly says

    Amazing! Perhaps I should take my crocheting to a new level! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. Mick Canning says

    Marvellous. Art really is everywhere around us.

  4. slfinnell says

    Great post for those of us from the opposite side of the world who would love to attend an event like this one!

    1. Bob R says

      Glad you enjoyed – it’s a very nice exhibit.

  5. ladieswholunchreviews says

    I knit for basically the same reason… The tattingood with the horse is just gorgeous.

    1. Bob R says

      “Basically”? 🙂 Indeed, that horse really caught my eye, too.

      1. ladieswholunchreviews says

        And after I basically gave you such a nice plug today on my blog 😉

        1. Bob R says

          You ROCK. 🙂 Thanks so much, VERY much appreciated.

          1. ladieswholunchreviews says

            My kids say I’m the best mom in the whole world, with just a little prompt from me…

  6. jacquelineobyikocha says

    Knitting does calm the nerves and also helps build the virtue muscles of patience. Lovely art work!

  7. JoHanna Massey says

    Thank you so very much for taking and sharing these pieces of art. They are spectacular. I enjoyed viewing them so much. As always, just an excellent contribution!

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