Bronislava Slagle exhibits hand-knit head coverings
Wilton artist Bronislava Slagle will exhibit her Head Coverings in the glass display at the Easton Public Library through Jan. 31.
Slagle is a multimedia artist who studied art in Czechoslovakia and became an educator before escaping from her Soviet-occupied homeland in 1981.
After a modeling career in Austin, Texas, and New York City, she studied hairdressing in Manhattan, where she later became a salon owner.
Since moving to Connecticut, Slagle has studied art at Norwalk Community College and exhibited her work in numerous juried exhibitions at the Rowayton Art Center, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Westport Art Center, Wilton Public Library, Easton Public Library, and Fairfield Public Library, among others.
She also has donated her work to many fund-raising events.
These days Slagle paints, draws and blogs. Her other passion is knitting and crocheting. She has published many original patterns on her blog, and more than 160 educational videos on YouTube.
Slagle’s Head Coverings exhibition is dedicated to hat knitting. Some of the hats were designed for her published patterns and for videos. All of the hats are for sale.
“I was about 9 years old when I picked up knitting needles for the first time and sat next to my mother so I could learn how to knit,” she said. “My very first project was a scarf. It was a very ugly scarf, but I was very proud of the outcome. Later on, as I learned how to knit and crochet, I was able to make hats, blouses, skirts, sweaters, and even pants and jumpsuits for myself and others. When my daughter was born, I would occasionally knit clothing for her and her dolls.”
Slagle has been teaching knitting at the Black Rock Public Library in Bridgeport for nearly three years, and has been a video creator for the YouTube channel called “HandMadeRukodelky” since 2010.
“There I share my skills with anyone who wants to learn the art of knitting and crocheting,” she said. “I love to show to my viewers what a skein of yarn and a little bit of patience can produce. I will have been successful if I hear that someone finished a project while knitting or crocheting along with my video.”
For information about the exhibition, call Easton Public Library at 203-261-0134 or email Bronislava Slagle at firstname.lastname@example.org.