“Words fail me,” noted Ms. Sjцberg at the opening of the exhibition in Minsk. “I don’t think that I’ve ever had so many people at my exhibitions in Sweden.” People’s Artist of Belarus Vasily Sharangovich called her works ‘contemporary high art’ and stressed, “I’m glad that this event has taken place in Belarus.” Meanwhile, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Stefan Eriksson, congratulated all those present, saying, “Since my arrival in Belarus, I’ve been keen on folk arts. Our cultures boast many common arts features.”
The show was organised with support from the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Embassy to Belarus. Gunilla Paetau Sjцberg trained in Sweden and Finland, using the ancient craft of felting for artistic purposes and studying local felting techniques in Belarus, Hungary, Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Turkey.