Stories

Spring 2020 is this time when life slowed down and most things we used to do are on hold. In this time when activities are so different from usual, Minunat has decided to share its references to entertain readers, many isolated.

Part of the references are printed – books, catalogues, post cards, entrance tickets. These references are not direct, they will not be used as copy-paste object, they endorse the role of mood maker…and sometimes I use them just to avoid getting down to work.

Either bought in a rush in a library or after long hours of research, sometimes references were offered to me.

The trip through the Minunat references takes you from Romania – Transilvania and Serbian Banat – to Sarajevo, or from waterpaint – Ismet Rizvić – to Queen Mary of Romania’s stories and even from old nostalgic stories of the Ada-Kaleh submerged island to Transilvanian furniture.

Digital ressources come to Minunat too, as these extracts from Elisa Bratianu’s album of Romanian folk embroidery patterns, a ressource I have access to on a facebook group of passionate keepers of folk art. Though printing is not a good option, once they were on paper, they came with me everywhere and I browsed them on my lunch break — now we stay together at home.
These embroidery schemes are a very particular study subject – the compositions have a fabulous balance between motifs, colors, this balance is different from one scheme from another.

Museums are the cocoon of Minunat and keeping the most souvenirs is what I search when I visit. The museums I draw power from are far from Lyon so, taking something home allows countless visits all through the year(s). Now, more than ever, visit at distance is our performance.
You have here : embroidery from a shirt (Mostar), a decorated belt buckle (BiH), head jewel (Herzegovina). Cards acquired probably in Zemaljski Muzej.
Notice the back side if the cards? With the 1984 Winter Games logo ?! 14th edition !

Further on, a book of patterns from my personal collection (heritage from my grand-parents). First pages of this book are full of technical details I dive in.

When I conceive designs, I must know how a stitch is sewn, it helps me swim in a sea of patterns.

This pattern book contains reinterpreted old patterns, old patterns for new objects from the author’s view, various elements used to create patterns apparented to folk art.
The Minunat world starts from old patterns simply picked up in country side ages ago by passionate people, museums or other private collections – so this book is nothing more than a mood support.