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A craftivism workshop on the meaning, application and activist use of the traditional Ukrainian embroidery technique Vyshyvanka, led by Bogdana Postrygan. Taking place on 3 and 11 February 2023.

Register before 27 January. The participation fee for this workshop is 50 euro. The profit will be donated to the Stand with Ukraine initiative by architecture school Canactions. In addition, we offer 3 spots for free participation by Ukrainian applicants. To qualify please send an email to info[@]schoolforthecity.nl

This workshop is part of our series of craftivism workshops, aiming to explore the technique of different  crafts as  political and social tools. 

Together with the Ukrainian architect Bogdana Postrygan, we will look into the centuries old but very now tradition of Vyshyvanka, the famous embroidery technique from Ukraine. Apart from telling stories in languages connected to different regions, a Vyshyvanka is believed to be a talisman, bringing luck and protection to the person wearing the garment. This particular characteristic has ensured that while the ordinary shops in Ukraine have recently closed down one by one, the shops selling Vyshyvanka are busy, selling clothing that gives people strength.

Today,  those who do Vyshyvanka embroidery have  stopped doing clothes and are ’embroidering’ camouflage nets instead. With strips of cloth, military nets are worked to protect the Ukrainian soldiers

During the Vyshyvanka workshop participants will design a message using the Vyshyvanka language to make a  collective ‘embroidered’ camouflage net. 

On Friday we will explore the technique with a presentation by Bogdana Postrygan and the screening of (parts of) a documentary. After the inputs, we will discuss together how to use the Vyshyvanka language into the design of our collective camouflage net. With their Individual kit to bring home, participants will have the chance to dive deeper into the cross stitch embroidery technique. On Saturday, participants will collectively design and execute  the camouflage net, this time using a simple knotting technique as common in camouflage nets. 

The participation fee for this studio is 50 euro. The profit will be donated to architecture school Canactions, supporting Ukraine. In addition, we offer 3 free spots to Ukrainian applicants.


Friday 3 February 2023
14:00 – 14:15 Welcome by Michelle Provoost
14:15 – 14:45 Introduction by Bogdana Postrygan
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 15:30 Watching part of the documentary ‘Heritage of a Nation’
15:00 – 18:00 Short embroidery assignment & group conversation on the design of a collective camouflage net 

Monday 6 – 10 February 2023 
Individually practising embroidery technique and defining personal Vyshyvanka message for the collective camouflage net 

Saturday 11 February 2023
11:00 – 12:30 Group conversation on the design and plan of action
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 18:00 Realisation of collective camouflage net