The brand’s team was inspired by Ukrainian peculiar folk art - icons, painted on glass, typical for the Western regions of Ukraine - Bukovina, Hutsulshchyna, Pokuttya. The images of Saint Barbara or John the Baptist are taken as examples of naive picture, where emotions and coloring compensate the imperfection of technique of amateur artists.
Collection embraces two lines that creatively develop the examples of traditional culture but for the same time adjust to the needs of everyday life.
Printed silk head-and-neck kerchiefs as signature pieces of Gunia Project. Fragmented images of protagonists or details of the icons create the basis of their ornamental pattern.
GLASSWARE AND CERAMIC - new line of household objects.
Ceramic large plates are embellished with patterns from silk kerchiefs and painted by hand.
Vases and candelabrums are functional transformers. Every piece combines the features of household object and a decorative component. Vases and candelabrums are adorned by birds which add an artistic substance to everyday goods. Items are designed through the glassforming technology, known in Ukraine since 16th c. Every object is artisanal and made in a free blowing or a mold blowing techniques directly near the oven and with an aid of blowpipe.
The idea to combine decorative and utilitarian functions mirror folk tradition - from ancient times the household items were designed for everyday usage as well as for beautifying the house space.
Gunia Project is a brand of exceptional things produced on the basis of traditional ethnic cultures. Each collection is a unique combination of design thinking, deep ethnographic research and artistic approach towards craftsmanship. The brand employs folk crafts and gives heed to the slightest details of traditional culture to create designer artisanal pieces perfectly fit for the needs of everyday life.
Project’s team: Natalia Kamenska, Maria Gavryluk, Iryna Pavlyk.