18 July 2018

Lace – the main theme of this year’s Jagiellonian Fair

The main theme of this year’s Jagiellonian Fair (17-19 August 2018) is lace. Traditional bobbin lace, tatting, crochet lace in all their forms will be presented at exhibitions, available for purchase at the Handicrafts Fair and you will be able to learn how to make them during various workshops. The organizers have taken great care to select and invite artisans and creators who have mastered all secrets of lace.

Lace dates back as far as ancient times. Due to its beauty, it gained popularity in European sacral and secular, courtly art. Over time, it also began to appear in villages – as ornaments for the house, fineries and in some region it was even worn on a daily basis. In some places, girls learned lacemaking at school, later moms and grandmas  passed on their knowledge to daughters and granddaughters, thus giving birth to lacemaking centres we know today.

  • The umbrella term “lace” includes many techniques. Among them are crocheted items made with various stitches, but also bobbin lace or tatting. Every technique yields different results, which along with regional diversity of patterns or lace applications form a treasure trove of Polish lacemaking traditions. We will see all this at this year’s Jagiellonian Fair, says Bartłomiej Drozd, programme coordinator of the Jagiellonian Fair in Lublin.

Thus, Lublin will welcome lacemakers from all over Poland, as well as Slovakia and Lithuania. The organizers invite individuals who represent regional arts and techniques.  Among them is Eugenia Wieczorek (Jarocin) who specializes in tatting lace, characteristic for Greater Poland.  She picked up her skills from her grandmother and later studied under one of the lacemakers from Greater Poland.  After some time, she became a tatting instructor, training more people in this art. Since the 1980s, she’s been winning awards in many local, national and international contests. In 2013, she received Oskar Kolberg awards.  Another worthwhile stop is the stall of Czesława Lewandowska (Ostrołęka), who represents the tradition of Kurpie Zielone. She makes crochet lace for doilies and elements of traditional Kurpie aprons. She learned the technique from her grandmother and mother when she was a teenager. She has been a member of Folk Artists’ Association since 1997.

We will find more gems at the stall of Mariola Wojtas (Koniaków). She has learned crochet lace from her mom and later she honed her skills studying under other local artists. Mariola makes lace using cotton and silk threads and creates her own pattern following Koniaków tradition. Her work has brought her numerous awards in the contest for The Most Beautiful Koniaków Lace.

Irena Sapiejka (Sieradz) inherited the interest in handicrafts after her grandmother, aunt and mom. Since early days, she had an opportunity to observe crochet lace. Sapiejka’s work is dominated by mesh and reed techniques. She runs workshops and demonstrations for various interested groups. She is a member of Folk Artists’ Association.

interesting creations will also be presented by Magdalena Cięciwa (Marcinkowice), who specializes in bobbin lace made following Zakopiane traditions. Her grandmother specialized in bobbin lace, but she didn’t manage to pass on the skills to her granddaughter. Magdalena learned the art from artists in Bobowa. She makes doilies, tablecloths, runners, collars, cuffs and traditional Lachy corsets and blouses. She has won awards in the National Bobbin Lace Contests and Folk Art Contest in Bukowina Tatrzańska. She has received the award “Distinguished in service to Polish Culture”, the silver cross of merit of the President of the Republic of Poland.

Among Polish lacemakers, it is also worthwhile to give attention to Teresa Buczyńska (Toruń), Lucyna Bytow (Koniaków) and Anna Karwacka- Kosińska (Biała Podlaska). Lacemakers from Slovakia will also come to Lublin with their work. Special attention should be given to Soňa Bezúchová (Banská Bystrica), Gabriela Kravcová (Banská Štiavnica), Darina Lichnerová (Modra) and Terézia Vitková (Bratislava). These ladies specialize in Bobbin lace.  Lithuanian lace will be represented by Ramutė Kraujaliene (Vilnius) and Gitana Navickienė (Grigiskes).

Presentations of crafts at the Handicrafts Fair will be accompanied by demonstrations and workshops which will lead the visitors into the world of lace and allow them to appreciate the finesse and meticulousness of the work of the masters of this art.  The participants of the Summer School of Lacemaking will have an opportunity to learn one of five lacemaking traditions which developed in Poland. Over four days of workshops, the instructors, all experienced folk artists,  will share with the participants their experience and lacemaking skills. Registrations begin at the start of August. It will be also possible to study lace during Teneriffe lace workshops at the stall of Uniwersytet Ludowy Rzemiosła Artystycznego in Wola Sękowa, Bobbin lac workshop under the supervision of Darina Lichnerova  or tatting workshop conducted by Teresa Buczyńska.

The main theme of the Jagiellonian Fair – lace will also be presented at themed exhibitions showcasing, among others, the works of several renowned lacemakers from Koniaków.  Her Majesty Koniaków Lace, the title of the exhibition in Gardzienice Gallery at Grodzka 5a, will familarise visitors with the broad range of lace applications, from the most traditional and archaic forms, namely head caps used in regional costumes, through doilies and tablecloths and modern clothes and jewellery.  The second exhibition, entitled The Summer School of Lacemaking – field research exhibition is the summary of the preparations the Jagielloniajn Fair’s organizes have made for the lace-focused edition of the festival. The exhibition will be available for viewing in the cloister of the Dominican Monastery at Złota 9.

The Jagiellonian Fair is a time and place where we can encounter still living tradition. The festival is dedicated to traditional culture which is represented on many levels – from traditional crafts through music, dance and play, ludicness connected with learning and education. This is three-day long meeting with tradition is rich both in authentic roots forms and references to them – while emphasizing authenticity, it does not forget about the potential of modernity.  The artists invited to Lublin are not only village artists, but also young people, consciously receiving and drawing from the treasure trove of traditional culture.

From 17-19 August 2018, the Old Town in Lublin will fill up with traditional music, dance and handicrafts for the 12th time. Carefully selected crafts of artisans from Central-East Europe will delight all visitors who will not only be able to see the products of the artisans but also learn to make traditional patterns and items of everyday use. The Jagiellonian Fair begins soon in Lublin – it is a three-day long celebration of folk tradition and culture in Poland.

Full programme and details available at: www.en.jarmarkjagiellonski.pl

All events are free

Organizers: Workshops of Culture in Lublin and the City of Lublin

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.