This year’s project, the carpet of 1,000 crochet flowers, was born out of love for flowers and crochet. Each flower tells a story, the story of its maker. Groups of women, coming from all over the country, have crocheted 1,420 flowers. The event hosted more than 80 participants, and a group of 10 children. The result were four 1m/0.5 m carpets. The participants who attended the dedicated workshops wore authentic national costumes from various areas of the country. The crochet flowers and the national costumes sent out a message from the bygone world of yesterday’s villages.
International Crochet Day
The initiator of the project is artisan Gabriela Bularca. The artist declared: “In September 2019, on the International Crochet Day, together with the participants in the event, we assembled the 1,000 crochet flowers into the four carpets. The final product was an explosion of colour, a delight, and it gave us the joy of being able to actually create something that is unique. I am really happy that people invited us to exhibit the four 1,000 crochet carpets in various events.”
Gabriela Bularca, who was invited to attend the Ethnovember Festival held at “Transilvania” University Auditorium in Brasov, is the creator of the festival's mascot, “Gruia The Badger”, 100% Romanian and 100% made of wool. The artist revealed that she actually was the creator of last year’s mascot, Catinca The Fox, alongside other previous years’ mascots: owl, fish, geese, etc.
The crochet toys made by Gabriela Bularca in children’s workshops are most adorable. Each toy has a name, of which some: Emil The Mouse, Gabitza The Monkey, Bianca The Sheep, The New Lion, Bubble The Fish, Lucica The Bird, Sophie The Unicorn, A New Cat, and Didina The Mole. She is currently working on several teddy bears, and she is taking children into the magic realm of crochet. It is a whole history and tale, told by the magic wand of crochet.
Ileana Gafton DRAGOS