Folk art expresses cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics, and often reflect ethnic, tribal, or religious beliefs. Folk art encompasses a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more. From Sweden’s Dala Horse to Puerto Rico’s vejigantes and Slovenia’s beehive panels, the stories behind the world’s folk art traditions are as unique as the individual artists who create these works.
Welcome to Salvation Mountain, where we met Leonard Knight, a Vermont native who moved to California to spread his love of Jesus through art. His Christian cartoon spreads over multiple acres of dunes and keeps on growing. Discover how Knight came to know God, what drove him to create Salvation Mountain, and how he fought for his missionary mountain against all the public backlash.
Experience the Orthodox Christian heritage of Cyprus through two of its eminent Iconographers: Father Kallinkos, a 90-year old monk considered an icon in some quarters, and Myrianthi Constantinidou, a young mother who also practices iconography. Learn about the rich history of Cyprus Iconography and the significance behind the paintings. Get insight on the conventions of the Byzantine Macedonian school of icon painting, the unique techniques of these two artists, and a glimpse into why they were ‘called’ to this vocation.
Meet Johan Knutsson, the curator of the Swedish folk art exhibition at the Nordic Museum. The display highlights the importance of the rural craftsmen in Swedish folklore and shows viewers the inspiration that these art works have on today's society. 'Kurbits' are a whimsical stylized flower motif distinctive to Swedish folk art and a prized skill today! Discover the importance of the human shape within the art and find out why the exhibition pieces are so heavily influenced by religious motifs.
The Swedish Dala Horse offers an insight into traditions in Sweden and the Nordic countries. Since the Stone-Age, horses have been high valued possessions in Scandinavia and were the difference between life or death throughout the region's roadless plains.
Explore the Puerto Rico santos tradition, a form of religious folk art believed to be at least two centuries old. Meet fourth generation santero Antonio Burgos of Orocovis and learn from collectors about the master artisans and symbolism
Discover Puerto Rico second city - Ponce. If looking for things to do in Ponce why not delve into Puerto Rico’s Santos tradition: a fascinating craft that has withstood the generations of time.
Have you heard about the Puerto Rico Folk Art Tradition of Santos? In island’s second-largest city of Ponce, meet Orta family, a santos dynasty. Discover the Puerto Rican affinity for the
Read about the Puerto Rico Santos tradition of Saint Ursula & 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola. Delve into the mindset of collectors through visits to Museo de los Santos, the Museum of the Americas & Galeria Botello.
Vejigante masks are a beloved tradition: vividly-painted and fierce-looking masks, with roots in the celebrations of Ponce’s Carnival and Loiza’s Santiago Apóstol Fiesta. Meet three of the island’s best-known mask-makers
Fascinated by Medieval architecture and spiritual practices? Then a visit to Slovenia’s Sticna Monastery is a must! Walk the hallowed halls where more than 70 illuminated manuscripts were created by monk scribes between 1175 - 1181. Channel your inner scribe by having a go at calligraphy! Admire the cloisters, beautifully painter by John of Ljubljana. Sticna Monastery resonates with a legacy of rich traditions. Let BCD guide you through this fascinating portal into Slovenia’s culture and, as always, offer ideas for your travels!
Norwegian Rosemaling is a distinctive and beautiful folk-art style that dates back to the 16th century in Norway. Meet Torunn Rød Farsund of Os in Western Norway who honors her family's heritage and also uses her own sense of style to carry on this decorative art of floral designs.
In search of art in Cyprus we found the studio of Myranthi Constantinidou, a beautiful painter in Limassol, specialising in the art of iconography - and of feeling through art