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Bauernmalerei by Gina Pearson
27 November 2010
Many crafts practiced in South Africa originated in Europe but have been transplanted into Africa where they were given a new face. This evolution of crafts (as with arts) is essential to keep alive the essence of the original craft. Bauernmalerei is a craft form that falls into this category and it remains popular in its South African guise.
Gina Pearson from the Country Craft Market has been doing Bauernmalerei for about 20 years, and therefore, not surprisingly, has developed her own style. At the next Country Craft Market on 27 November, Gina will be demonstrating her style of Bauernmalerei and the techniques and designs she uses in the process.
Gina tells. "My style is more simplistic than European Bauernmalerei", says Gina. "I also paint flowers like our proteas and sunflowers. These are not used in traditional designs".
Bauernmalerei, literally means farmer painting. It is a folk artform that evolved in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Over the years, it has spread worldwide and has taken on many variations. Even within Germany, a number of regional styles can be identified, Tolzer, Rossler, Franconian and more.
Major artistic influences from the Renaissance, Baroque and other periods also added their contribution to the styles and variety of Bauernmalerei. Strangely, Bauernmalerei was never really a pastime of the local peasant farmers, but more that of the travelling painters and cabinet makers.
Bauernmalerei takes on extra value when it is used to decorate well-made and useful wooden objects. On this front, Gina's husband Nigel supports her work by producing all the woodwork that is itself in his own original style. Nigel also takes special pride in the high standards he maintains.
In the harsh European climates where Bauernmalerei evolved, it is usual that traditional Bauernmalerei items are given a number of layers of protective undercoats to preserve the woodwork. Gina has taken a different approach and prefers to paint directly onto the pine Nigel uses for the woodwork. "This preserves some of the wood's character and the beautiful grain of the pine gives a lovely rich glow to the finished painting" says Gina.
Gina invites all visitors to the next Country Craft Market on 27 November, come to Stall 192 and watch her demonstrating her Bauernmalerei process. A full range of her useful and decorative work will also be on display and available for purchase.
Last Updated 01 November 2017 16:11