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Angels created from corn husks

In December there was a corn husk knitting workshop in DUO Centre aimed at students and young people, and led by Mrs Marija Tüške. In her introductory lecture she informed us of the basics of knitting the husks, introduced the basic tools that apply to this work, but also told us how to obtain quality husks in the first place. And then all 16 participants tried out their newfound skills.





The first edition of the project newsletter was released

In the December issue of the project newsletter the Handicraft Academy briefly introduced the project content, partners and programme for the first ethnological research camp and the summaries of lectures from the introductory international conference "Handicraft Academy - heritage for future careers." The newsletter is available in printed form and PDF format (Slovenian and Hungarian version) at the publisher’s headquarters and Marianum Veržej Institution. You can also read the editorial in English.







Handicraft Academy - heritage for future careers

On Friday, 20th Nov 2009, in the framework of a project, we organized the introductory international conference under the title of Handicraft Academy - heritage for future careers. The fundamental premise of the conference was to show that the integrated development and professional upgrading of handicraft professions is an important aspect of sustainable conservation and revitalization of heritage in all its forms. At the conference, we, together with recognized experts, sought to answer questions about the opportunities and barriers of formal and informal education for handicraft occupations, the training of handicraftsmen in business, marketing and conservational skills, and on EU incentives for conservation programs and development of the handicraft heritage of the countryside. The event was attended by more than 70 Slovenian and Hungarian representatives of the professional, educational and cultural institutions, along with economy, tourism workers and handicraftsmen.

Participants of the international field trip also in Veržej

On Saturday, 10th Oct 2009, we were visited by the participants of the international field trip in Veržej, organized by the Slovenian Ethnological Society, ethnologists and members of the Association of Slovenian-Austrian friendship. We held a presentation of DUO Centre and the Handicraft Academy project. We were also pleased to be given literary materials by our visitors to donate to the DUO Centre library, which is currently under development. The full programme of the excursion can be viewed , and then followed by some more highlights of the event. 



Blacksmith Primary School Pupils

The DUO Centre blacksmith workshop hosted the first group, since they are involved in the Handicraft Academy project. Blacksmith, Franc Franko from Puconci, demonstrated the forging technique and the basic theoretical knowledge, after which pupils themselves took the hammer and forged the iron while it was still hot. Together they took a look around the premises of DUO Centre where they viewed Pomurje handicraft products. Thus, pupils learned various types of handicraft (past and present forms of this living craft) in one place and left fully satisfied with »cvek« in their pockets which they had earned through hard work. (Cvek literally means »a nail« but is also a colloquialism for »a fail grade in school«) (text and photo: Ivan Kuhar, DUO Centre)

Honorary signing of the co-financing contract

On Sept 29th 2009, the Regional Museum of Murska Sobota, along with the organisation of Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy, held a formal signing of contracts on the co-financing of projects approved in the first OP tendering Slovenia - Hungary 2007 - 2013. Amongst them is the 3-year project known as Handicraft Academy. Participating in this project, in addition to Veržej as a leading partner, are six other Slovenian organizations: (Centre of RS for Professional Education, SW Goričko Nature Park, Regional Museum of Murska Sobota, Pomelaj, Rural Development Cooperative, the Prlekija Development Agency, and Institution of Marianum Veržej – DUO Centre) and 4 Hungarian partners (Hegypásztor Kör, Martineum Római Katolikus Alapítvány, Vas Megyei Múzeumok Igazgatósága - Savaria Múzeum and Zala Megyei Népművészeti Egyesület). Slavko Petovar, the Mayor of Veržej, signed on behalf of the Lead Partner.(text and photo: Tatjana Vokić)

Goričko handicrafts day

On Sunday, September 6th 2009, we were at the 4th Neradnovci Handicraft Fair viewing the masterpieces of Goričko Meštri located beside Lenarčičev Mlin (Lenarčič Mill). The range of handicraft products at the fair was very colourful and everyone could find something for themselves. Their products were sold via stalls and handicraftsmen gave presentations within the various activities, therefore visitors could see and buy products from Blacksmiths, Shoemakers, Embroiderers, Thatchers, Wicker-workers, Black Pottery-makers, Fruit Growers, Herbalists, and many other domestic arts and crafts products.

Open day in Filovci

Bojnec pottery from Filovci has, in addition to its leading activity of pottery, an interesting additional activity which is an open-air museum. The open-air museum is an important Pomurje tourism and cultural complex. A special feature is that the museum combines a number of 1st category cultural objects, which are an integral part of our region's cultural heritage. Given the almost complete disappearance of indigenous cimprač (thatched roofs and wooden, clay-built houses), the Bojnec family successfully moved two facilities into the emerging museum and thereby helped prevent the extinction of our most typical Pannonian architecture. Following the reconstruction of the dilapidated cimprač, its new location among the museum's cultural objects has preserved and re-established the characteristics of the Pomorje region. On the Open Day that took place on Saturday, 09/05/2009, the museum organized a display of black pottery-making in a traditional cumulus furnace, which officially opened the day. The spirit of this traditional style of pottery has made a particular mark in the pottery industry of Filovci. Potters' products are dried in an oven made of brick, straw and soil. The end product of this type of pottery is reduced black pottery, which has a low porosity, and is therefore very useful. Today, this method of pottery-making is practically extinct so, at least once a year, Bojnec maintain the spirit and tradition of the old process of creating black pottery, which is understandably of lower quality and less usable than more advanced ceramic products.



Folk art festival in Budapest

2009 in Budapest on Saint Stephen's day, the central Hungarian national day which is between 20th and 23rd August, a folk art festival was held on August 23rd. This was a very lively handicraft fair in the picturesque environment of Budimski Castle, included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Every year the festival attracts a huge crowd of local and foreign visitors, including some of our Slovenian project partners in the international project Handicraft Academy (OP Slovenia - Hungary 2007 - 2013) in the excellent organization of Goričko Drüštvo za Lepše Vütro. They attended the fair with a view to familiarizing themselves with the creation of traditional and contemporary Hungarian handicrafts. Full of positive impressions they continued along the path to the historic town of St. Andre and concluded with a dinner at Kukorica Csárda, a traditional Hungarian tavern at Lake Balaton. Members of Goričko Drüštvo za Lepše Vütro, Zmago Urisk (route guide), Marta Horvat (society president) and Jožica Celec (head of the handicraft section) deserve special credit for the smooth and professional implementation of this excursion.

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