Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg
8 December 2016 - 10 December 2016
Workshops: woodcarving, felting and making paper Christmas decorations
Wood has always been used to depict folk motifs, village and pastoral scenes and the everyday life of common people. Use of the shepherd's whistle is widespread in the mountainous regions of central Slovakia. It is made of elder, ash, maple or brier wood which is dried and subsequently drilled using a forged auger. Workshop participants will make stoppers, a whistle and an overtone flute.
In Slovakia today, sheep's wool represents a rather traditional material, but it also has a place amongst modern textile techniques. It is soft, pleasant to touch and easy to work with. It has excellent thermal properties: it is warm in winter and cool in summer. Workshop participants will learn more about both wet and dry felting.
Making Christmas decorations from old paper, cardboard and papier mâché
The aim of the workshop is to resurrect old magazines and cardboard boxes in the form of new functional design articles without needing to recycle them demandingly. The workshop will focus on the skills involved in working with this kind of material: cutting and other techniques of splitting, folding, gluing, bonding and pasting. These materials are easy to process and they develop creative thinking. At the same time, there will be a public exhibition of decorations made in schools, which will show workshop visitors what they can do with paper.
The workshop is organised by the Bratislava administrative region in cooperation with the Small Carpathian Cultural Centre (SCCC) from Modra and the Josef Vydra School of Applied Arts.