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Reflection from the workshop INTERTWINED I MADE IN Collaborations

Project: MADE IN – Platform for Contemporary Crafts and Design
Organizer: Nova Iskra
Partners: Studio Turbina, Faculty of Contemporary Arts, Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade
Period: April 6 – May 25, 2024
Location: Nova Iskra Dorćol, Jugošped – Turbina & Objectcreators








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About the workshop

As part of the MADE IN project under the COLLABORATIONS initiative, Nova Iskra, in collaboration with Studio Turbina and the Faculty of Contemporary Arts, and in partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade, organized the INTERTWINED workshop for students from April 6 to May 25.

The aim of the workshop was to explore the need to formulate a new type of cultural mediator as a contemporary craftsman – a “maker” who envisions the future while adhering to the fundamental principles of craft development – offering solutions to existing problems rather than creating new needs.


During 8 sessions of lectures, mentoring, and practical work, participants explored weaving as a craft, community practice, material creation methods, and connection systems.

The goal was to develop prototype solutions through a process that requires a minimum of three elements (thread, knot, system).


All prototype solutions and the process of their creation will be presented at an exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts in December 2024.

Student Projects:

Group I: Craft/Utility Item/Process/Collection

Description: Weaving as heritage, process, and encounter of generations. The creators of the items play with repetition, weaving forms, materials, and meanings. Weaving is understood as a meeting and connecting point – a symbolic category that transcends techniques and production processes.

Result: 6 prototype solutions for a “bottomless bowl,” an item for storing objects in a community space (household, workspace, classroom).

Materials: Wood, textile, leather, paper

Students: Doroteja Jonov, Marija Mladenović, Jovana Stojković, Marta Glavčić, Ema Spasojević, Marko Gajić

Keywords: Embrace, Weaving, Knot, Encounter, Story, Threading, Tangled, Hands, Handcraft, Manufacture, Gratitude, Teammate, Partner, Symbol, Text, Mold, Template, Pattern

Group II: Knot/Node/Surface/Line/Thread/Network/Weaving/System

Description: The node represents a point of intersection from which the system (network) further develops. The node is the main point of support, a minimal unit that requires repetition. Multiplied elements create a line, that is, a thread. In the weave, an exhibition system (k)nit node is formed.

Materials: Recycled plastic sheet materials

Students: Zorana Rebrenović, Uroš Antić, Anđela Hauk, Lenka Petrović, Miljana Milojković, Sofija Buzadžić

Photo: Tanja Drobnjak


Marija Kojić

interior and furniture designer

Marija Kojić is an interior and furniture designer, holding a BA in interior architecture from Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac and MA in interior and furniture design from Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade. She is a doctoral student at the Department for Scene Design at FTS in Novi Sad. Marija is active in various fields of creative industry. She worked on redesigning the visual identity of the Tara Nacional Park and explored working with set design while working on the film “My Morning Laughter“ by Marko Đorđević. She was nominated in the Best Designer category at the Belgrade Furniture Fair in 2018 and won the MicroMacro Award at the sixth international exhibition ON ARCHITECTURE: New Materials and Design in Architecture and Art the same year. Currently she works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade, Department for Interior Design.

Zoja Erdeljan

scene designer

Zoja Erdeljan (Turbina) is a scene designer, holding a BA and MA from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, with a focus on scene design. In her work, she is equally engaged in performing and visual arts, working as a scenographer in theaters in Belgrade, Subotica, Užice and Šabac. Alongside her art-based engagements she was an associate of Profakustika (Beograd) on scene design projects. She is a doctoral student and a junior research assistant at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad focusing on theory of scene design, architecture of scene events and graphic design. Zoja is an active member and participant in the activities of the Centre for scene design, architecture and technilogy (Scen)– Oistat Centre for Serbia, the most significant of which are the Biennale of Scene Design and Serbia’s performance at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2023, where she had the role of project coordinator.

Janko Dimitrijević


Janko Dimitrijević is a producer, holding a BA in management and production of theater, radio and culture from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade from and MA in scene architecture and design from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. He is a doctoral student at the same faculty. Between 2014 and 2018 he was an executive producer at Hartefact Foundation in Belgrade. He participated at the Prague Quadrennial of Stage Design and Stage Space in 2015 and 2019. Janko is one of cofounders of production studio Turbina, where as an executive producer he took part in the 17. International exhibition of architecture in Venice, within the project 8th kilometer.

Andrija Dinulović


Andrija Dinulović (Turbina) is a producer, holding a BA in management and production of theater, radio and culture from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and MA in Scene architecture and design from Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. He is a cofounder of production studio Turbina focusing on conceptualization, technical development and realization of spaces and spatial exhibits for performing and visual arts. He is a docent at the Department for Scene Design FTS and an active participant in the programs of the Centre for scene design, architecture and technology (Scen). Andrija participated in more than 40 projects in Serbia, Slovenia, Chech Republic, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. Through his work at Turbina, among other projects, he was part of producing the appearance of Republic of Serbia at the Biennial of Architecture in Venice and the Festival of Light Installations – iLigiht Singapure.