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  • 5 December 2017

    On 30 11.2017 in YARAT Contemporary Art Space in Baku took place an event organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland in cooperation with M.I.A.S.T.O Białystok foundation.

    ETNO.BAKU representative Mr. Slawomir Mojsiuszko (for the third time in Baku) outlined the history of the Polish Ethno-design since the middle of XIX century until today (from folk art as a source of patriotic inspiration during the times of partitions, via works of  independent Poland craftsmen, rewarded at the Paris World Exhibition in 1925, till the post war activity of the Industrial Design Institute and CEPELIA).

    By making innovative use of eco-friendly, natural materials or giving new life to old objects Ethno-design becomes also Eco-design. International cooperation of designers and craftsmen is worth noting as well; such cooperation results in creation of artistic objects, produced from eco-friendly materials with the use of traditional skills.  These objects are gaining  popularity on international market.

    Juxtaposing original works of traditional craftsmen with their numerous innovative interpretations by contemporary Polish designers shows intensive development of this art. Innovative were the works of Mrs. Anna Kotowicz-Puszkarewicz, who was present at Yarat and shared  her remarks about cooperation with the local craftsmen of  North-Eastern Poland within the interdisciplinary project under the title “Free the project”.

    The underlying concept of “Free the project” is to bring old craftsmen’ works back to life by giving them a new shape. The designers make modern versions of the objects selected from the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The idea is that a designer shares his or her design on the Internet under a Creative Commons license which allows everyone to use it freely. A consumer downloads it, adjusts to his or her individual needs and orders its production from a local artisan. This model  engages the designer, the consumer and, last but not least, the craftsman.

    Co-author of the project Mr. Artur Puszkarewicz  added: „If the craftsmanship is to survive it should be needed”. Anna Kotowicz-Puszkarewicz and  Artur Puszkarewicz are AZE design artists, who combine traditional craftsmanship with modern materials and processes – their works are characterized by simplicity and functionality. The Polish artists are planning to start co-operation with Azerbaijani craftsmen and designers.

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