Series: Stories from beehive front panels
Motif: by Vladimir Leben
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 170,000
Thread length: over 2 km | over 1.2 mi
Thread colours: 31
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.
A typical topsy-turvy World motif, it depicts the Hunter lying peacefully, and animals mourning his death, surrounding his bed. Vladimir Leben, famous for his animal-centric motifs, was a perfect fit for the story, and he managed to reimagine it into a unique piece of art.