Felted Pictures Serving as Illustrations for a Book by Nada Vukadinovič

Felted Pictures Serving as Illustrations for a Book by Nada Vukadinovič

Our guest artist/author today is Nada Vukadinovič (Halay) who has some exciting news about felting in the book publishing world.

The other day I visited a local exhibition in Mozirje, Slovenia, where a local felter, Spela Oresnik, displayed about 20 felted canvases. All had been made for a particular purpose, i.e. to serve as illustrations for the book entitled Gori doli sem in tja (Up and Down and Everywhere) written by Marta Oresnik. I found this approach very interesting. Usually a painter is engaged to make illustrations for a book but in this case a felter was invited to use wool to depict the scenes from the stories. She used local wool from the Solčava breed, which is a rather coarse wool, mainly used for making slippers, hats, bags, etc.

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The book is an interesting collection of old anecdotes and folk stories which were passed from generation to generation, written in a dialect spoken in this region, e.g. someone meeting a devil, or death, dwarfs, Solcava in fire, witches everywhere, blueberry and strawberry etc . She used wet felting technique to do the background using local wool and needle felted 3D figures which were attached to the base. Only the coloured fibres were bought.

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The collection of old stories was made as part of a national project. Here I need to mention that Slovenia is very small country in Central Europe with population of only 2 million people and a lot of effort is being put into preserving the language and culture. The size of Slovenia compares to the size of New Jersey, however, there are seven main dialects spoken and 49 sub-dialects. The dialect which is spoken in Solcava is spoken only by 500 people. This means that on a walking distance of one and a half hour one comes across another dialect.

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The book has been published and includes a CD so you can listen to it in different dialects. You can learn more about the book here: http://www.mohorjeva.org/oresnik-marta/gori-doli-sem-in-tja  There is a felted picture on the front page. The publisher was Mohorjeva družba (2013).

The Solčava felters to whom Špela Oresnik belongs, are organised in a local felters union, but I think I’ll leave it here for now and describe the felting scene in Slovenia in another post.

Thank you Nada for bringing this exciting new venue in book publishing to our attention.

What exciting things have you seen in the felting world lately?



15 thoughts on “Felted Pictures Serving as Illustrations for a Book by Nada Vukadinovič

  1. I love books and I love to see books with a difference – well done to Spela (and thank you to Halay for showing us this).

  2. That’s really interesting . I love the flames and smoke on the bottom left picture 🙂
    Thanks for this, Nada.

  3. I love this! It’s so wonderful to see all of this in conjunction: (lovely) felting, preservation of old techniques and government support of wool projects 🙂

  4. I knew about this endeavor, as my father’s family comes from the old country of Yugoslavia and Romania. The fables are part of their heritage. I like the idea of the felted illustrations. Such a nice presentation. Americans have lost a lot of their connections to their families of origin.

  5. I very much enjoyed this piece, Nada! I love to learn about different cultures and also how the arts are practiced. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for your lovely comments. I thought this is very unusual and decided to publish it here.

  7. Nada, thanks for bringing this lovely work to our attention. I’m hoping it’s a new trend!

  8. its wonderful that the government is putting the money into preserving all the dialects. the felt pictures are great. I really like the way she has done them 3 dimensional.

  9. Thanks so much for the interesting post! Someday I want to illustrate one of my stories with wool. I love her work and I look forward to more information about this.

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