Homoid
Homoid

Homoid Uroš Weinberger

Art: Uroš Weinberger, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2011
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 84 x 107 cm

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Homoid

Homoid Uroš Weinberger

Art: Uroš Weinberger, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2011
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 84 x 107 cm

Artwork  |  Artist

Homoid is a human-like being. The image is taken from the internet, it was originally a photo of a boy with a gun in his hand, an image from a toy box artwork. This was the origin point for the building of the composition. The artwork is built from two basic layers, the first depicting a boy in the background, without a weapon. Over it, dominantly, the second layer is superimposed, with a sketch image of the Homoid. He is a symbolic being, representing a demon, a modern mechanised state employee – a soldier.

The multi-layered embroidery enhances the layering of the motifs. The gentle colour transitions of threads in the boy underlayer are placed in strong contrast with the emphasized colours and strict sketching of the Homoid.

The Dandelion Runner
The Dandelion Runner

The Dandelion Runner Boštjan Plesničar

Art: Boštjan Plesničar, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2010
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 202 x 101 cm

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The Dandelion Runner

The Dandelion Runner Boštjan Plesničar

Art: Boštjan Plesničar, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2010
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 202 x 101 cm

Artwork  |  Technique  |  Artist

The naked runner holding a dandelion clock in his lifted hand is a parable of human cravings, yearnings, and phantasms. These, though seemingly irrational in the eyes of the beholder, “set us in motion” and give sense to our existence.

The central and integral part an idée fixe plays in an individual’s life is exquisitely expressed through perspective and composition. The bird’s eye view of The Dandelion Runner’s outstretched body is all-pervading; his idée fixe leaves no place for anything else.

He touches the soft grass carpet under his feet with the tips of his toes only. He seems to be all but lifting off the ground on the wings of his craving. Using the visually different embroidery techniques for the dandelion (impressionist color blending) and the runner (in focus, sharp and contrasty embroidery), the perspective effect is even more apparent.

Doge's Dream
Doge's Dream

Doge's Dream Aleksij Kobal

Art: Aleksij Kobal, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 166 x 137 cm

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Doge's Dream

Doge's Dream Aleksij Kobal

Art: Aleksij Kobal, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 166 x 137 cm

Artwork  |  Artist

What could be more exciting than a visual realisation of our dreams, like a turn of camera obscura, like admission of our subconscious for the only legitimate reality? Let’s watch the barely tangiable spill of the sand dunes from one side of the watery clock into the other, and we will eventually find ourselves in the Doge’s Dream, where inside a venetian arcade building the gentle clouded sky glows magically. We suddenly wake up from reality, as if from an unyealding empirical armor of a nightmare, into a lost children’s paradise. The buildings become mere backdrops, onto which we cast our renesance credo like everyday clothes. We set out, in an unknown wind’s breeze chilling our bare skin, towards the vague, indistinctable, but beautifully fulfilled horizon.

Using a special embroidery technique the building stands out, as if a venetian facade was truly built around a clear blue sky. The concept, colour combinations and methods of layering are identical to what Aleksij Kobal would use when painting in his native oil technique. And the embroidered texture adds a whole new dimension, a dreamy blur, undefined and yet even more physical.

Zenn
Zenn

Zenn Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe

Art: Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe, 2012
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 139 x 207 cm

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Zenn

Zenn Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe

Art: Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe, 2012
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 139 x 207 cm

Artwork  |  Artist

Zenn is a vision of our state of being. A meditation. We humans are creatures with our feet firmly on the ground and our heads towards the universe. We all move around the velvety secret – the core that binds and fulfills us. Is it an inhale-exhale, a thought, nothing? Through nature and animals we flee as ghosts, nothing touches us. Moments of coexistence with nature and animals, of breathing the same air with them, moments of tranquility and simple existence are rare. The embroidered art Zenn is an infinite moment of coexistence; standing in front of it means we are there – at the finish line. Calm and alive we gaze at the radiation of colors, we simply breathe and are happy. Bon voyage, Zenn.

The artwork glows in its own inner light, as if it were alive – a subtle choice of embroidery colors and techniques made the perfect emphasis on the symmetry within the randomness. A century old embroidery technique of chain stitch lay the groundwork, the modern interweaving technique brought out the life, and the special vivid thread selection accentuated details which allow the art to truly shine.

Sexy Wild Heart
Sexy Wild Heart

Sexy Wild Heart Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe

Art: Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe, 2013
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2014
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 75 x 145 cm

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Sexy Wild Heart

Sexy Wild Heart Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe

Art: Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe, 2013
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2014
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 75 x 145 cm

Artwork  |  Artist

The Sexy Wild Heart personal banner has the honorary purpose of defining the exhibition space as the artits’t marked territory, where Sicoe’s world of painting is taking place – being dreamt. It is a very personal dream banner that defines Sicoe’s own relation to the world and creation as a whole. The motif represents his conviction and belief in good – in love. The one-footed one-eyed heart of  course carries an erotic message as well. The heart on the banner is a sort of alter ego – a roguish creature, always seeking for the good in people, and enjoying all the color shades of life.

Colors, patterns, golden fringes, the dubious motif (heart), everything is supported and spinning in the rhytm of the wonderful life we are living – dreaming. Our dream banners are raised high above our lives and create the dreamy field of a thousand banners – living dreams. Fulfilled people. That is the artistic goal.

And Sicoe’s flag is the first in line, avantgardly raised and flying in the wind, gazing towards the future.

The intertwined careful selection of unique materials, special embroidery threads and different embroidery techniques has a mesmerizing effect on the viewer. The seemingly incompatible roughly textured, yet fluorescently vivid, against the silky smooth, yet darker shaded materials encompasses the main motif, the Heart, which in itself is full of colorful contradictions and various textures. All of this makes the motif feel like it is dancing, which is even further emphasized by the fact that it’s a living banner that flows freely unconstrained by frames or boundaries.

After a Hard Day's Work
After a Hard Day's Work

After a Hard Day's Work Vladimir Leben

Art: Vladimir Leben, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2011
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 152 x 133 cm

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After a Hard Day's Work

After a Hard Day's Work Vladimir Leben

Art: Vladimir Leben, 2009
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2011
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 152 x 133 cm

Artwork  |  Artist

A couple of years ago, a story appeared in a newspaper about stray dogs from Moscow. After a building boom in the nineties, stray dogs had to evacuate formerly empty industrial halls in the city centre and move to the suburbs and leave the best sources for food behind. Surprisingly, it didn’t take long before they figured out the subway system and started to commute daily to the city centre. After a hard day’s work of searching for food, they simply returned using the same subway line.

The embroidered art captures them in the moment of resting on the train. Embroidered texture emphasises the contrast between the cold walls, luminated by the neon lights of the train, and the warm furs of the dogs, which are brought to life with detailed and smooth shading techniques.

A Dog's Life
A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life Vladimir Leben

Art: Vladimir Leben, 2010
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 152 x 133 cm

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A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life Vladimir Leben

Art: Vladimir Leben, 2010
Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 152 x 133 cm

Artwork  |  Artist

A Dog’s Life offers a glimpse into a typical dog’s morning. With a different array of embroidery techniques, it is in stark contrast to the chiselled neon glow of After a Hard Day’s Work. Softer colours and interwoven threads make the observer feel as if he or she is present on the train, just starting into a bright new day; the textures of the dogs are in constant movement, emphasizing the energy of the day’s beginning.

Old Man
Old Man

Old Man

Art & Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2009
Based on a photo by Arne Hodalič
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 146 x 188 cm

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Old Man

Old Man

Art & Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2009
Based on a photo by Arne Hodalič
Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
Artwork size: 146 x 188 cm

Technique  |  Artwork

Creating this imposing portrait was a daunting task. We utilised an entire range of different embroidery techniques, as only a combination allowed for the realistic, detailed and smooth realisation of the motif.

The traditional chainstitch technique, which the company Ercigoj is utilising in its banner production for almost a century, gives a warm, matte texture, a grain of threads reflecting light in all directions. The modern flat stitch, which can usually be seen on promotional embroideries, was completely redefined, altered, perfected, allowing for a method that can be best described as embroidered three-dimensional modeling using isohypses – stitch directions follow the 3d model of the face, clothes, even eyes. This technique also enabled us to make the smooth shading, colour transitions, bringing to life every crease and wrinkle of the old man’s face.

The hair was done completely by hand, stitch by stitch, which gave us absolute precision and at the same time inserted a hint of chaos into a smoothly shaded image. This is also a perfect example of what different stitch directions can do for an image: when viewed from different angles, the old man appears to follow the viewer moving across the room.

About

Ercigoj Art is an innovative project by Ercigoj Embroidery. It is a pioneer undertaking in both the artistic and the embroidery world - combining the advanced embroidery techniques with high art. The project is a collaboration between renowned artists and embroidery experts, and the results are true pieces of art, brought to life with a new artistic medium - through threads and needles.


Ercigoj Embroidery, first founded in 1923 under the name 'Naša Sloga', has been developing advanced embroidery techniques since its earliest beginnings. The company's focus was on embroidered banners, which as important symbolic and prestige products are in their own right small pieces of art. This constant development led the company to the realisation that embroidery can be used as a true artistic medium, allowing freedom of expression and at the same time the smallest of details. You can read more about the company's history and the products at www.ercigoj.com.



With nine decades of experience and knowledge, a step forward was made: in 2010 we invited Boštjan Plesničar, a renowned Slovenian painter, to work with us on this pioneer project. His artwork, the Dandelion Runner, is the first official Ercigoj Art embroidered picture, created in true artistic symbiosis.


As the process for creating each artwork is rather long (several months), the number of piecese of art is growing slowly. But we have already collaborated with several high profile authors, including Plesničar, Uroš Weinberger, Vladimir Leben and Aleksij Kobal.



The creative team is led by Boštjan Vidmar, CEO and owner of Ercigoj Embroidery. He took charge of the family company in 1991, and has expanded the business, enriched the experience and knowledge, and modernised the production with technological innovations, computerised embroidery machines and robotics that make it possible to create intricate pieces of art. With a high understanding of embroidery principles and accompanying problems, he is crucial in selecting the right techniques and technologies that bring art to life.


The lead embroidery artist is Jure Pogačnik Ajdič. He joined the company in 2003 as an experienced graphic designer, but with no previous experience in the embroidery field. Within 9 years, he has become one of the top embroidery artists in the world, constantly discovering new embroidery techniques in order to create the best possible embroidery. As an illustrator, he has a keen understanding of the painting methods which he utilises for embroidery design.

The creative team is supported by several experienced embroidery and textile technicians, who operate the embroidery machines. As embroidery art is highly complex, the embroidery technician must be careful and attentive so that no mistakes are made.

Contact

Ercigoj Art is a project by Ercigoj Embroidery, located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Use the form below to contact us with any questions or inquiries about specific embroidered paintings.





Process

Each embroidered art begins with a template, a sketch, prepared by the artist. The template can be anything from a simple pencil sketch to a complete oil painting which the painter would like to reinvent.


The most important part of creating an embroidered piece of art is the initial planning. We carefully examine several paintings of the artist to get familiar with his personal, unique style. The artist provides an important insight into the methods and techniques used in his paintings, and often we utilise the same procedures as the artist would, to get a specific desired effect.


In the starting phase of the artistic process, we prepare several studies based on our observations and the information the artist provides us about his techniques and style. We take small frames of the artwork and try to find the right combination of thread colours and embroidery techniques. The studies are portions of the final artwork which allow us to test every aspect of the final embroidery before starting the production of the embroidered painting. The artist inspects the studies and gives his opinion on the embroidery techniques and colours and how these match his own vision. Usually, several adjustments are necessary before the artist and the creative team are satisfied with the results.


At this point, the embroidery artists begin the careful and precise work of transforming the entire sketch into an embroidered piece of art, with the artist giving his constant input on specific details he wishes to emphasize, or techniques he wishes to see in the artwork.


The final embroidery can take several thousand hours of work – depending on the size of the artwork, the number of details that need to be created, and the number of colours that are used during embroidery.
The experienced embroidery artists are charged with every last detail of the embroidery – colour blending, shading, overlapping, textures and effects that certain techniques bring, and combining all these aspects to create the smallest details of the motif. Designing an embroidery is very similar to illustrating or creating vector art, but an embroidery artist must also take into account stitch densities, stitch directions and other embroidery-specific parameters, and has to also have an understanding of painter techniques.


During the entire process, the artist acts as a supervisor – his vision is coming to life, and a lot of times he decides on changes at the spot – seeing a specific detail in the context of the whole is a different experience than designing the art on paper, or even seeing the detail in a cropped embroidery sample.


Even after the final embroidery is finished, the artwork is reviewed and scrutinised, correctures are done, until every part of the picture is perfect.

When the canvas is stretched over a frame, the embroidered picture becomes a true piece of art. With proper lighting, the hanged artwork becomes a living painting, changing as the viewer moves – light bounces off the three-dimensional threads, and the effect is different from a different point of view.

Works

Homoid

Homoid Uroš Weinberger

  • Art: Uroš Weinberger, 2009
    Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2011
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 84 x 107 cm
The Dandelion Runner

The Dandelion Runner Boštjan Plesničar

  • Art: Boštjan Plesničar, 2009
    Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2010
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 202 x 101 cm
Doge's Dream

Doge's Dream Aleksij Kobal

  • Art: Aleksij Kobal, 2009
    Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 166 x 137 cm
Zenn

Zenn Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe

  • Art: Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe, 2012
    Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 139 x 207 cm
Sexy Wild Heart

Sexy Wild Heart Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe

  • Art: Silvester Plotajs - Sicoe, 2013
    Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2014
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 75 x 145 cm
After a Hard Day's Work

After a Hard Day's Work Vladimir Leben

  • Art: Vladimir Leben, 2009
    Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2011
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 152 x 133 cm
A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life Vladimir Leben

  • Art: Vladimir Leben, 2010
    Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2012
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 152 x 133 cm
Old Man

Old Man

  • Art & Embroidery: Ercigoj Art, 2009
    Based on a photo by Arne Hodalič
    Creative team: Jure Pogačnik Ajdič, Boštjan Vidmar
    Artwork size: 146 x 188 cm