String art and other forms of art – creative experiments of Turkmen youth

String art and other forms of art – creative experiments of Turkmen youth

The international exhibition of achievements in the field of education and sports, held in the capital of Turkmenistan, showed that, along with sciences and physical education, arts and crafts have an important place among young people.

Students of the Oguzkhan University of Engineering and Technology –Sulgun Khemraev and Yazgul Annabaev create unusual creative compositions from nails and threads in their free time.

On little pieces of various sizes, girls manage to reproduce the beauty of Indian mandalas, animal images, and even the emblem of the university, in which young craftswomen study.

– We started doing string art a year and a half ago, having prepared a couple of simple compositions for the student exhibition, using about 20 nails and just two colors of threads. Having mastered the technique, they began to complicate the patterns. And the largest number of nails that we used in the design of the student coat of arms reached 1000,” says Sulgun Khemraeva.

The art of strig art or filament graphics originated in England in the 16th century and is now gaining great popularity again. English explorer Mary Bull used threads and nails to teach children algebra and geometry. Knowing the basic patterns of weaving allows you to “play” with imagination, complicating or simplifying the plot of the future “picture”.

“You have to be very careful here,” Sulgun and Yazgul share the weaving technique. – It is important to correctly position the nails on the plank, measure the distance between them and maintain a uniform height, but that is not all. If at least one thread is missed incorrectly, then the whole picture gets lost and you have to rebuild the composition.

The stand of the State Academy of Arts of Turkmenistan was also present at the exhibition. Where besides painting and sports achievements of the university, an amazing “chess history” is presented.
Instead of classical chess, on a glass board there are skillfully made gilded and silver figures of ancient Turkmen warriors, as if frozen in anticipation of a battle.

– This is designer chess. Three of our students worked on the general composition, which includes a mobile table for players, a glass board and malachite stands for figures,” said Vepa Orazdurdyev, head of the architecture department.

The main characters of the event, of course, were innovative students, youth – the future of the country. And during the days of the exhibition, one could see how interesting and in demand their initiatives.