Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Preparation for Felt United

As you might remember I blogged about international day of felt Felt United once. Finally I can announce what Lithuanian group of felters is going to make and where.
There has been lot's of discussions, many beautiful ideas, many ups and downs until we found IT. Summarizing the long path we walked: Felt United colours for this year yellow-orange-red suggested something warm, like fire, shining and bright like the Sun or stars in the sky. We also wanted to make something very Lithuanian, very Baltic... And show it in a symbolic place...
The answer to all this was - recently reconstructed Baltic Zodiac and the Sun that is going through all the signs during a year. You can read a very interesting article about Baltic Zodiac here and I am going to mention just the names of those signs:

1. Fishes (Pisces)
2. Sheep skin (Aries)
3. Rider (Taurus)
4. Twins (Gemini)
5. Bird of the Moon (Cancer)
6. Bird of the Sun (Leo)
7. Crane (Virgo)
8. Scales of the sky (Libra)
9. Deer with 9 horns (Scorpio)
10. Spearman (Saggitarius)
11. Goat (Capricorn)
12. Horse (Aquarius)

The installation will be made in a symbolic place - Ethnocosmological museum in Moletai, under a big glass dome with an idea that the felt installation is to be seen for people on Earth as well as the whole Universe.
There is still a lot of preparation work to be done until the opening of the installation on October 3d at 4pm at Ethnocosmological museum in Moletai but there is a little preview of the sign I was making - sheep's skin - with an idea of mythological golden wool. Dyed with plants of course :)

More details to come!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Photography of sheep shearing day

Today I have received a link to the photos of our sheep shearing day, photos by professional photographer Victor Morozov. And I just loved how he captured the moments of that day - there is a very warm and kind view on the world in these photos...

These are just a few photos by Victor Morozov, you can see the rest of the photos of that day on Daiva Morozova's blog. Thank you, Daiva & Victor!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty

Take me down
To the paradise city
Where the grass is green
And the girls are pretty
Take me home

(Guns 'n' Roses - Paradise City)

I love unusual custom orders. I once loved a boy who loved Guns 'n' Roses. But it's not about that boy nor it is about puting my dress on Axl Rose :) It's about one talented woman who miraculously found me in the ocean of virtual world and even more miraculously decided she wanted me to design a dress for her - a dress for performance in the concert where she would be singing a song Paradise City by Guns 'n' Roses!
I always feel so thankful for my customers for all creative orders they give me! So here she goes..."and the girls are pretty".

Nuno felt outfit - Guns 'n' Roses

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The beginnings. Sheep shearing

It's always interesting to know the beginnings of everything. When holding a piece of felt, do you ever wonder how it was when it still belonged to the sheep and where that sheep came from, how it was sheared? Perhaps not. Unless you are so curious as me. I like looking at things and thinking what it was before and how it became what it became.
I remember when I first bought wool directly from sheep keeper (unprocessed wool) I was so happy he sent me photos of his sheep in the fields and himself shearing the sheep.

So last weekend I had a chance to try to shear the sheep myself in a meeting with several colleagues felters. Hands diving into thick warm oily layers of wool and the wool so beautifully seperating from the sheep. It was really interesting experience, a little touch to the beginnings of felt.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Sea

Nuno felt shawl "The Sea". Silk ponge, merino wool, silk

Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning

Pablo Neruda, It is Born

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bits of this and that

My blog has been abandonded for some time. For a very simple reason - I am just caught in a period of my life that has less and less computer life on every day. Strange. Strange for me, because I have been quite a computer addict for the last 10 years. And now I've been more and more in what we call reality, not the virtual world (though this topic might be broadly discussed, don't you think?)
Busy with life, busy with felt, guess I should actually say enjoying life and enjoying felt. Enjoying the Summery weather and accepting the Fall coming. Accepting and appreciating life. I guess it is a little theme of this period of my life now.


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