Motif: by Aleksij Kobal
Type: Embroidered painting
Technique: Mixed embroidery
Year: 2013 - ongoing
Edition: Limited (30)
Dimension: 32 x 14 cm | 12.6 x 5.5 in
Number of stitches: over 190,000
Thread length: over 2 km | over 1.2 mi
Thread colours: 34
Development: over 60 person hours
Painted beehive front panels are autochthonous part of Slovene cultural heritage. First ones were done by Slovene peasants in the 18th century and used to carry solely religious motifs, however, in the 19th century, beekeepers turned toward secular depictions, too. Through the last decade, many Slovene painters revive this, almost forgotten art by recreating old motifs in their own modern styles, part of this being a series of beehive front panel embroideries, done by Ercigoj art in cooperation with numerous Slovene artists.
Brewing alcohol beverages and distilling alcohol has always been a very common occupation of people in Slovenia. Also, traditional distilleries brewing schnapps and other hard liquors have been popular motifs on beehive front boards, and Aleksij Kobal gave the motif a unique combination of architecture and endless skies.