“Our Mythical Nature” Conference

The international conference “Our Mythical Nature: The Classics and Environmental Issues in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture” took place online at the Faculty of „Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, on 29–30 September, 2021, to summarize the third stage of the Our Mythical Childhood Project:

Zbigniew Karaszewski, A Girl with Doves Googling Arcadia (2020)
– logo of the 3rd stage of the Our Mythical Childhood project.

Here you can read the conference materials – the programme:

and the conference booklet:

The lectures and presentations from the conference are available as a playlist on our YouTube channel, so if you search for a nice background for jogging in the middle of Nature… 😉


The subject of Nature was also taken up by high-school students. Here you can watch their films on ecology, prepared within the competition Antiquity–Camera–Action!:

Moreover, the students of three high schools in Poland (Bartłomiej Nowodworski from Kraków, Mikołaj Rej from Warsaw, and “Strumienie” from Józefów) prepared a joint publication Naturae cognoscere causas (Open Access: http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/naturaecausas). They present their research results in the reportage:

We wish You All a good start into the New Year MMXXII!


For more information see the conference page: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/our-mythical-nature

Post prepared by Katarzyna Marciniak and Olga Strycharczyk

Minerva Meets Ariadne

Minerva was the main theme of the recent patchwork competition: “Minerva – bogini rzemiosła” [Minerva – The Goddess of Crafts] organized by Stowarzyszenie Polskiego Patchworku [Polish Patchwork Association] together with the distributor of Minerva sewing machines. The first “Minerva” was created in Austria in 1871, during the second wave of the industrial revolution. It was adorned with an image of the goddess and the motto “MELIORA SUNT BONO INIMICA”.

Minerva has many mythical cousins in the family of sewing machines. Vesta popular for its home machines, Titan, Trojan, Vulcan miniature and toy machine, or Venus overlock are just a few examples.

Ariadne also finds her place among those mythical heroes as a patron of the Polish thread factory called “Ariadna”. The company’s website proudly tells the story of the goddess. The list of Ariadna products includes: Heros, Flora, Iris, Titan, HectorDaedalusIcarus, Maia, Talia, Leto, and Muse.

Depiction of the goddess on the
vintage Minerva sewing machine [source].
Vulcan sewing machine for children [source].
Patchwork “Patrona 2021”
by Sylwia Haluch [source].
Patchwork “Pani M.” [Ms M.]
by Joanna Szymczyk [source].
Minerva sewing machine – photo by Maria Makarewicz.
A bag with the logo of Ariadna thread factory – photo by Katarzyna Marciniak.
Ariadna braided thread
of universal use named Heros [source].
Ariadna high tenacity sewing thread
named Leto [source].
Ariadna thread named Daedalus resistant to high temperatures [source].
Ariadna thread and Minerva sewing machine – photo by Maria Makarewicz.

See also:

Stowarzyszenie Polskiego Patchworku [Polish Patchwork Association]: https://polskipatchwork.pl/index.php/2021/10/03/bawmy-sie-razem-czyli-minerva-bogini-rzemiosla/ (accessed December 23, 2021).

Post prepared by Maria Makarewicz and Olga Strycharczyk.