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Silent Sunflowers: A Balkan Memoirby Di Parker Fairbanks
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This lovely book is a personal account of an artist couple's 1986 sabbatical trip to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary in search of folk art and artists. Dixie Parker-Fairbanks, a painter, and Richard Fairbanks, a potter, recorded the trip's ups and downs in journal entries, art, and photographs, many of which are reproduced here. They detail objects and ornamentation in architecture, household items, clothing, and rituals, as well as Soviet-era life in the villages and cities the couple visited.
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Washington State potter-professor Richard Fairbanks and his wife, painter Dixie Parker-Fairbanks, embarked on a sabbatical research trip to Eastern Europe in 1986. Making daring forays into remote mountain villages and tirelessly exploring the great cities in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary, they found the folk art and artists they searched for.
The Fairbankses painstakingly gathered a huge archival photographic record of the last villages where people continued to create and live with breathtaking ornamentation in their everyday lives — in architecture, household items, clothing, and rituals.
Silent Sunflowers looks beyond the current painful ethnic struggles in Yugoslavia to glimpse some of the treasures which enrich an important part of Europe.
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