QUERY: work on industrial design in socialist Yugoslavia

Veronica Aplenc's picture


I am working on a project on the intersection of industrial design and folk arts in socialist-era Slovenia. I am aware of works that address the folk arts in former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe; the political foundations of modern design in the former Yugoslavia; and style and socialism in the broader region. Local journals of the period include very interesting articles on state-sponsored cottage industries, which flourished in Slovenia from the early 1950s forward.

I am curious whether anyone can point me to work on such cottage industries in the region, and on other intersections of state-sponsored corporations or similar entities with folk traditions and arts.

I also welcome suggestions more broadly on literature on the intersection of industrial design and traditional or folk arts.

Thank you,

Veronica Aplenc


Veronica E. Aplenc, Ph.D.

Faculty Associate and Program Manager

Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania