Exhibiting in the U.S. for the first time, “Beading Therapy” showcases Nastasiya Marusyk’s gerdany (Ukrainian beadwork). The exhibition is in conjunction with her recently published book of the same title. The show consists of approximately 100 works, all completed over the past 5 years, including copies of early 19th and early 20thcentury gerdany; gerdany created in conjunction with fashion designers Halyna Hostetler of the brand ‘Zelenko’ and Natalie Herheliuk of the brand ‘Gaptuvalnya’ and featured in Chicago’s ‘Ukrainian Fashion Show’ 2017 and 2018; and gerdany from the series ‘Tradition and Modernity’. The gerdany are inspired by Ukrainian Trypillian culture as well as Indigenous American ritual stones and make use of old American coins, volcanic glass, maltese crosses of various metal alloys, stone-encrusted old coins, coral, mother of pearl, Murano glass and venetian beads.
In the fall of 2019, “Beading Therapy” was exhibited at the The Regional Art Museum in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and the National Union of Folk Art Masters of Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine.