As the first education system, Bauhaus started to support and develop the fantasy of its students. As part of my project I decided to follow the path of fantasy full of colours, shapes and modern textile technologies that are reflected in the OSKAR collection.
Within Bauhaus I found my primary inspiration in the work of the multidisciplinary talented artist Oskar Schlemmer. The starting point became his The Triadic Ballet as one of the most significant scenic works of modern times. The outcomes of Schlemmer’s experimental laboratory reflected theoretical thinking of the artist about the ideal of rendering the immaterial, abstracted and/or mechanised human body in space.
In a free variation I attempt to analyse individual ballet scenes and consecutively transfer the material scenic space with emotional drawing sketches onto a textile in order to recreate the scene in 2D. The wooden objects are approached in an opposite way, in which I turn back to space with intersecting textile motifs.
As one of the most influential schools of the modern day, Bauhaus was tightly linked to industrial production and used the most modern technologies to date. Out of this reason, I decided to use contemporary technologies as for example machine embroidery, digital print as well as the unique Czech technology called Art protis.
Art protis technology was developed by the Research Institute of Wool in Brno as the Czechoslovakian patent in the 1960s. Artworks created using this technology were awarded a gold medal at the World Expo in 1967 in Montreal and in Osaka in 1970. Currently, there is only one machine located at the High School of Art and Design in Brno and only one person in the world can control it. Wool insulating batts in arbitrary compositions are used as a foundation and are stitched in the way that the resulting composition perfectly matches the original design. Such material is ready for a line of stitches in regular intervals to the foundation on a special machine.
Digital print enabled me to implement the meticulously detailed drawing sketches that need adjusting with modern display technologies before the final print. Concerning the digitisation of drawings created by hand, a more complicated process was employed including scanning in high resolution and followed up by computer editing in order to match the original drawing sketch.
As a modern technology of the 21. century, the machine embroidery is fully executed using the software Tajima according to the preparatory sketches. The outcome is a reflection of entirely automatised processes. The resulting motif in all available technologies shows the lowest number of mistakes, however, at the same time demonstrates a certain alienation of the author from his work.
Despite using modern textile technologies, the OSKAR collection as a whole manifests a high proportion of handmade work making it more personal.