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
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
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.