AN INVISIBLE THREAD Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade 29.08.2016. to 12.09.2016.

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Gordana Brelih

Known for its original design and excellent workmanship, the works of reputable Canadian artist of Serbian origin, traveling across Canada, England, France and Italy, stopped for short in Belgrade, at the Ethnographic Museum. This exhibition of a wide range is a rare opportunity to see why Gordana Brelih is recognized artist not only in Canada but also in the World.

During the long successful career, her imagination and personal skills were woven into fascinating works, allowing us to imagine the scenes and wonderful things she saw in his travels, and in which she explored the masters of textiles, embroidery and weaving. She has been developing long its approach in bringing their best and valuable skills to works that she shares with us at this exhibition, not only in the visual pleasure of the senses but also to encourage us to discover small wonders embedded into each individual piece.

Often based with simple black felt, the magic begins when Gordana sits with her machine and collection of threads to begin a new story in stitch. Her mastery of the machine and the intricacy of layering colour and stitch to weave a story line into each surface is indeed mysterious and magical. The layers of collage and detailed drawings incorporated into her most complex drawings with stitch is a special skill that underlines the mastery of art. The addition of collage in brilliant and often hard to find fabrics, not only complements the design play, but is the foundation for building depth and colour into the design that make each piece of Gordana's new work memorable.

There are so many options this dynamic artist uses in her art, including free machine motion and hand stitching, heat modified/burned felt, stamping, wax resist printing, stitching onto water soluble film, painted fusible, mono-printing on fabric, gold foil, and so much more. Gordana incorporates hand drawn art, painting and other colouration techniques, including embellishment with shiva sticks, artists inks or gel pens, etc.

Best of all, particularly to each of us who admire her work, is that Gordana loves to share her best loved tools. She eagerly works with her students one-on-one to share favourite stitch rhythms and techniques she uses successfully, and encourages practice in workshops and demonstrations in both, the group and one-on-one sessions.

In 2010 Gordana Breluh received the Grand Prize at Threadworks, and Curator's Choice Award at the Canadian renowned Grand National Quilt Exhibition.

The exhibition is realized in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada in Serbia.


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