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'Z krosna do Krosna'
International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial

Elżbieta Skóra, Sprinkling with Flowers III, 2006

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'Z krosna do Krosna' International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial 2012

The idea of organising 'Z krosna do Krosna' International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial 1 by the Museum of Crafts emerged in 2000. The event draws on the long and deep - rooted tradition of handicraft in the Podkarpacie region.

The competition is open to professional artists. The main aims of the Biennial are: maintaining local traditions of flax weaving in Krosno and the Carpathians, displaying in Krosno works of arts composed of linen, arranging cyclic meetings of artists and their works combined with the exchange of ideas and artistic experience, building up a collection of artistic linen cloth housed in the Museum of Crafts in Krosno, and promoting it in Europe through a travelling exhibition. Krosno exhibition is presented mainly in the Carpathian Euroregion /Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary/. As a travelling exhibition, it is usually shown several times. The cardinal principles of the Biennial were formulated on the basis of the Biennial Exhibition of Small Weaving Forms, originated by Prof. Ewa Maria Poradowska - Werszler, a well known authoress of tapestries, who at the same time was appointed an artistic advisor to the Krosno Biennial. An event is held under the scientific patronage of Irena Huml - professor at the Institute of Art Polish Academy of Science. The organisation of International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial is overseen by Ewa Mańkowska - the Head of the Craft Museum in Krosno.

'Z krosna do Krosna' International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial met an enthusiastic reception not only from the artists but also from art critics. It is a fact that the Biennial was noticed by the artistic circles concerned with linen cloth and, what is very important, treated as a competition of considerable importance. Participation of artists from many countries of the world (Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Canada, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Hungary, and Italy) shows great prestige of this event. It is worth mentioning that Krosno Biennial is the only event of this kind held in the Podkarpacie region. Because of its well established and widespread popularity it has already became one of the important points in the calendar of European artistic weaving events.

1krosno - a loom in Polish and Krosno - the name of the town

Results of 'Z krosna do Krosna' 6th biennial 2010
Results of 'Z krosna do Krosna' 5th biennial 2008