Gabrovo represents Bulgaria at the Venice Homo Faber: Handmade for a More Human World

Gabrovo – labeled CreativeFriendlyDestination of the CreativeTourismNetwork® – represents Bulgaria at the Venice Homo Faber: Handmade for a More Human World (10 April  – 1 May 2022).

The event is an unprecedented cultural experience dedicated to contemporary art craftsmanship and the theme is “Living Treasures from Europe and Japan”.

  • Preserving folk and craft traditions:

The ambassadors for Bulgaria are the Regional Ethnographic Open-Air Museum Etar and the photographer Rosina Pencheva. Their task is to select and recommend to the curators of the Michelangelo Foundation, Bulgarian artisans with high artistic skills and to promote the activities, mission, and goals of the organization.

– Etar is a Regional Ethnographic Open Air Museum in Gabrovo, Bulgaria that preserves and represents the architecture and traditions from the Central Balkan Range during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Along with its museum activities, such as scholarly research and academic forums, the team of Etar Museum organizes events and festivals, as well as developing and carrying out educational programs for children and adults; offering masterclasses in the artisan workshops. Etar Museum hosts the International Fair of Traditional Crafts and plays a key role in the city of Gabrovo, a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in Crafts and Folk Art since 2017.

During the exhibition, two Bulgarians will participate in the exhibition Next of Europe, curated by Jean Blanchert and Stefano Boeri, which brought together representatives from all European countries. The Bulgarian participants are Dimitar Stankov, a jeweler and designer based in Belgium, and the family duo Stopan – Kalin and Ivo Daskalovi, a bookbinder and jeweler based in Sofia.


  • Authentic products of the Daskalovi family, Stopan workshop

Kalin Daskalov (Stopan) is an original bookbinder recognized as a master in early 2018 by the National Crafts Chamber. His work draws inspiration from the structures of native manuscript monuments and the Byzantine bookbinding tradition but mixed with subtler Western European techniques and materials. His aim is to translate the book from a craft into an art object by placing it in a new, fabulous yet Bulgarian context. This dialogue with a broken tradition finds its image through authorial texts and engravings on handmade paper, bound in multi-layered book works. The nature of the work is shaped largely by his close work with his family.

Dimitar Stankov was born and raised in Sofia. He makes contemporary jewelry and art objects. He began his artistic education at St. Luke’s National School of Applied Arts. He continued his studies in metal design at the National Academy of Arts, where he received his Bachelor of Applied Arts (2009). At the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, she completed a second Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree in jewelry design and silver working (2011 and 2013).

Dimitar’s work has been exhibited in a number of European countries and Japan. He has won international awards and his works are owned by private and museum collections. For the last 13 years, Dimitar has lived in Belgium, where he combines his artistic activity with teaching.