Pani Jurek + Taras Mulyak
Multifunctional board. Can be used as a wall clock shield, a cutting or cheese boar or just hanged on the wall as a decorative piece, the way the original Hucul plates were used.
A starting point to design was a reflection on the old rhythm of human life, measured not by hours or minutes but by the sun phases and human work. The visual inspiration was taken from a sunflower - popular crops in Ukraine, considered as a solar plant. The sunflower face, meticulously filled with seeds resembles Hucul ornaments. Pattern created by nature was transferred by the designer onto the wooden board and “eaten” like sunflower seed by a chisel of woodcarver. The result is a concave relief. To carve the pattern is time consuming, so the craftsman is working on every board, previously agreed length of time. This way, boards with different level of cavities carving are made. Every one is unique because the craftsman starts his work from different points. What is left and what receives the client is the unique traces of manual work, the exclusivity of time, concentration, rhythm and weariness. This meditative character of item can be a kickoff for the reflection on contemporary rhythm of life.
Boards are made by Taras Mulyak, woodcarver from Carpathian Mountains. Project was a part of 2nd ed. of “Release the Project” run by Association "Based in Warsaw" and Warsaw Ethnographic Museum.