Mother of the famous Transcarpathian sculptor Kolodko duplicates his works in... embroidery (PHOTOS)
Thus, she revives the forgotten Hungarian tradition of so-called falvédö
In December 2010, the first mini-sculpture of Mykhailo Kolodko appeared on the railing of Teatralna Square in Uzhgorod. The bronze figure of Mikolaychik, having the height of 16 cm and the weight of 12 kg, became the smallest sculpture in Ukraine. Since then, more than 30 of them have appeared in the city, and each one in one way or another is related to Transcarpathia and its history. A real "mini-sculpture mania" began - tourists, and often even Uzhgorod citizens, go to look for all mini-sculptures by Mykhailo Kolodko and to find out what Mozart, Andy Warhol or Harry Houdini have to do with the region.
But it is not as simple as it seems at first glance. In one of the video with Mykhailo Kolodko, the sculptor showed one of his sculptures... in embroidery. It turns out that his mother embroideres them using her son's sketches.
A new life to the old tradition
According to Mykhailo Kolodko's mother Mrs Margarita, the embroidery began with Svobodka. It started as a replica of the once famous, but now forgotten tradition to keep in Hungarian kitchens the so-called falvédö, or "wall protection". Such "wall towels", which at one time could be found in many Hungarian households in Vynogradiv, Beregovo and other districts of Transcarpathia, protected the kitchen wall from stains and at the same time were a sort of "blessing of the house", as Wikipedia calls them.
- So Misha became fascinated by this idea of falvedo embroidery, perhaps, as a restoration of an ancient tradition, that used to be in our family, my mother also embroidered such napkins, - Mrs Margarita says. - He drew a sketch of Svobodka with that slogan ("Libertas inaestimabilis res est" - "Freedom is a priceless thing"), I embroidered it. And then the ideas started pouring out (laughs). "I ♥ NagYszöllös" (I love Vynogradiv) was inspired by the famous phrase I ♥ NY (I love New York).
"Lesz még szölö Nagyszöllösön" ("There will be grape in Vynogradiv") became an inscription for the sculpture of the wine-maker in Vynogradiv. It's sort of the answer to the mass destruction of vineyards in Vynogradiv district and subsequent new planting of young bushes. "In this way, the sculpture already tells a story, carries an idea if it is embroidered in the form of a falvedo," - Margarita says.
And then the embroideries slightly changed their format, began to live their own lives. Sketches of new embroideries have appeared. Thus, there are several variants with Ferenc List. One of them, is still a work in progress - Liszt with Beethoven. "There is a plot here, - Mrs. Margarita says. - which shows that Liszt loved to travel, another one - with Beethoven, he lifts Liszt and kisses him, as if giving him a blessing."
The series "Ungvár. Kicsiben a nagyvilág "(Uzhgorod. Big world in small things") depicts an embroidered sculpture and a dot showing its location in the city. A kind of a guidebook.
Embroidered Roshkovich is between Uzhgorod and Budapest. The two cities are connected by the depicted bridge (Pedestrian and Lanzgid) and the inscription - "Beautiful cities, peaceful people".
In general, the concept of mini-sculptures and sculptures in embroidery format became more accessible.
- You can not just take a mini-sculpture and bring it home, - Mykhailo Kolodko says. - And with the embroidery version, it's much easier to do. And the idea of the sculpture is preserved. One of my favourite ones is "Good-bye, Lenin!". It depicts the famous historical moment of "Lenin falls", which began on the Maydan in 2014. Under the embroidered monument to Lenin, which is falling down, there is a small pocket where I put a piece of this Lenin; it was brought to me by Fedir (Shandor). And I gave this embroidery to my sister, who now lives in Germany. Yes, it is a bit off of the general concept of mini-sculptures, but it tells history, our history.
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