Laima Oržekauskienė. Moterys-arhatos: Danutė, Lina,
Violeta. 2003, metalo siūlai, plaukai, autorinis originalus audimas,
Inge Stahl (Vokietija). Progresija. 2003, sintetika,
fotoatspaudas ant medvilnės, mašininis siuvinėjimas, 60x175
Inga Likšaitė. Mūza. 2003, vilna, medvilninis
siūlas, mašininis siuvinėjimas, 70x135
Loreta Švaikauskienė. Malonumų sodas. 2003,
audinys, sinteponas, siuvimas, 130x210
Sugane Hara (Japonija). Jos tragedija turi vartojamąją
vertę. 2003, poliesteris, šilko siūlai, mašininis dygsniavimas,
(The IV International Kaunas Textile Exhibition)
by Rūta Pileckaitė
It is obvious that
textile art has recently established itself as a leader of applied arts.
In Lithuania and the neighbouring Baltic countries, two international
textile events, one in Riga, and the other in Kaunas, provide a strong
impetus to textile artists. Several past years have revealed an overall
tendency that more and more interesting artistic initiatives and developments
take place in the so called European candidate countries.
The IV International Kaunas Textile Exhibition had a much wider geography
than its predecessors, and an international jury to evaluate the works
participating in the contest. The jury, featuring artists and art critics,
was headed by Beatrijs Sterk, Secretary General of the European Textile
Network. The international composition of the jury added contributed
to the prestige of the event, and ensured more objectivity for its decisions.
There were other improvements in organisational aspects, firstly, a
much wider and more professional dissemination of information. The contest
jury tried to find criteria that would enable to select works of interest
no only to the specialists, but also to the wider audience.
As a rule, textile artists from the Baltic and Nordic countries are
usually the ones most extensively represented in Kaunas. This year the
exhibition has become a forum for the meeting of textile artists of
different cultures. Besides a wide representation of European artists,
it featured nine textile Japanese artists, as well as works from Taiwan.
It is interesting to note that two Lithuanian textile artists, Lina
Jonikienė and Feliksas Jakubauskas had become laureates of the
leading textile events, respectively, in Japan and Korea.
There are several observations to be made on the tendencies in the Right
and Wrong Sides, as this was the theme of the event of this year.
Huge spacious textile installations are about to fall out of fashion,
and a piece of textile work itself becomes the focus of interest. The
artists are trying to exploit specific qualities of materials, like
textures, the subtlety of colour, and other. The skills of the trade,
like weaving and embroidery, are once again given due prominence. The
viewer is already used to paper, metal or synthetic materials in textile
events, so now textile artists are introducing organic materials, like
human hair or dogs skin. Overall, it is obvious, that textile
has already abandoned its traditional decorative function. Contemporary
textile artists are driven by a desire to discover and experiment with
something new. Yet at the heart of this particular branch of art lies
respect to the skills of the trade and understanding of its artistic