PEATS Romania – Peg-Looming & Other Crafts Skills

Dates:  31st July  – 31st August 2017 the dates for the 2018 placement will be similar
Number of UK Participants: 6
Duration: 4 weeks

The placement is hosted by “Satul verde”, an organization that works in traditional skills, cultural heritage, arts, environment and nature conservation.  The placement will take place in Sibiu and it will familiarize participants with Romanian traditional mask-making and glass icon-painting. These crafts have known a period of revival in the last few years. Participants will work in a local workshop with skilled local craftswomen to produce original masks and glass icons.

The placement is hosted by “Satul verde”, an organization that works in traditional skills, cultural heritage, arts, environment and nature conservation.  The placement will take place in Alba Iulia, the Apuseni mountains & Meziad and it will familiarize participants with Romanian traditional crafts. These crafts have known a period of revival in the last few years. Participants will work in a local workshop with skilled craftsworkers to produce original items.
The 2017 itinerary includes:
  • peg-looming, rope-making, plaiting, knitting
  • looking at meadow flowers & local mountains herbs. making wreaths of wild flowers
  • Making lime paints. Designing and completing a wall painting
  • Fashion & photo shoot – shepherd inspired fashion
Participants will be accommodated on a self- catering basis. They will work from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, with 40 minutes’ break for lunch.
During weekends, participants will have a cultural programme which includes visits to the mountains & Saxon villages surrounding  Alba Iulia, Cluj Napoca and into nearby villages. It is also possible that the group might visit the medieval town of Sighisoara. They will have some Romanian language classes and can also try Romanian traditional cookery.
For more information about Alba Iulia see http://www.visitalbaiulia.com/
Placement Itinerary:
Weeks One & Two – in Alba Iulia – working with E-Cool project group using traditional textiles + natural & man-made materials to create garments & accessories. Skills include peg-loom weaving, plaiting, rope making, sewing, knitting. Local designers & makers lead the team, prizewinning finalists from the E-Coll Alba Iulia fashion event in the previous April, join to learn alongside UK students.  Based in Alba Iulia which is famous star-shaped fortress.
Week Three  – Trascaeu Mountains & Aiud – Shepherd-Inspired fashion – working with materials like wool, leather, natural fibres. Its planned to visit mountain villages and shepherds, designing and making individual creation. Photoshoot or fashion show in a mountain village. Accommodation in Aiud.
Week  Four – Apuseni Mountains & Meziad, Hay meadow flowers & local mountains herbs and skills including making wreaths of wild flowers. Making lime paints tinted with mineral, vegetable & animal colours. Designing and completing a wall painting / fresco.  Accommodation in a guest house & then on a farm in Meziad; the family are traditional lime burners – we may be involved in lime burning if we wish, or just used the slaked lime from their cuptor (kiln)

Funding

The placement is funded by the EU Erasmus +scheme and covers return flights, travel insurance, accommodation, and a subsistence allowance (equal to 3 meals a day). The placement is targeted at students enrolled on a relevant vocational course (e.g. textiles, traditional crafts etc) at a UK college or university.
If you are interested in this placement, then please read through the information on the PETS traditional skills main page. You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.
What past participants have said:
Alex Morris 2016: Not only was I apart of a wonderful project spending a month of vocational learning in a beautiful country, I learnt so much more than just the traditional skills. The whole time I spent wondering how I could bring this dying tradition back in a new and exciting way. The placement wasn’t just about learning; I was also encapsulated by my new surrounding of Romanian cultural, from the food, language, architecture and way of life. I would highly recommend anyone to become involved with traveling to a new destination to explore a new understanding of life and perception! Being able to spend a decent amount of time in a country I was lucky enough to meet lots of new and exciting people!
Elina Krjuka 2013:  I learned a lot of traditional skills that probably I would never be able to learn anywhere else. I learned to apply traditional skills in modern approach. In my opinion this will differ me from most people. I enjoyed working abroad as it adds to my personal communication skills. This experience also made me more interested in sustainability and traditional values.
Stephanie Woolven 2012 In our free time we were taken on hikes, cycle rides, tours of near-by villages, visited the salt lakes and had bbq’s with our teacher Ioana. We went out for dinners, sampling local cuisine, went to the local parks, completed sketches, visited craft markets and went to local festivals and the nearby castles.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission
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