ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project "European Needlework from Tradition to Innovation" will try to explore the evolution of needlework – mainly embroidery and lace, not excluding other techniques like knitting, crochet… – in Europe considered it artistic activity. Despite of their different profile, the involving organisations from  Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, and Slovakia are mainly orientated to the handicraft and to the life long learning of adults.

In the first year of partnership, we will start up by presenting the history and culture of our places and move to how the handicrafts of needlework were influenced by this historical and cultural background. Then, we will demonstrate in workshops and share the traditional techniques, materials and themes used by the above handicrafts; we will produce handicraft pieces depicting our own local tradition but also the partners’ tradition.

In the second year, we’ll begin exchanging information about the handicrafts of needlework today. Using the experience proceeded in the first year, trainers and mostly our adult students will have the chance to combine old and new trends, experiment, innovate and evolve the handicraft work of textile either in common international workshops during the mobility meetings and/or separately.

The partnership will end up its activities with a large international exhibition on the handicrafts of embroidery and lace. All throughout the two years, mobility in and out of the country (study excursions to special territories, visiting exhibitions, museums etc.) will enrich the whole procedure and ICT (e-mail, skype, facebook, videoconference) will facilitate the communication between partner trainers and learners.

We need to consider that needlework is strongly connected with communication between workshops participants. The discussions at needlework workshops in each project partner country can also help to discover how needlework could help to learn new things. During the project educational material for adults related to the arts of needlework will be created. It will show how needlework can be used in different proposes - to unit people for common activities, by involving different discussions to share the ideas and knowledge about art, politics, environment or other topics.

This project will have an important added value for local communities, because partners are planning to involve them into the local activities. Also this project will build potential for future common European cooperation in the field.

The possibility of broadening the expressive vocabulary by learning traditional making methods will be a common background to start from, highly effective and with much probability for new ways of making. The need for confrontation with citizens of other areas in Europe is met with mobility. It's our will to reinforce their mood for creativity and educate them as well as possible. As a whole, this project will broaden.

Lithuania
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Hungary
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Italy
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Slovakia
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