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„MYTHICAL MEADOW“

January 27 @ 17:00 - March 11 @ 10:00

MYTHICAL MEADOW
created during the project “Carpet of Mythical Beast“
in the workshop of the textile studio “Gijų sodai”
of Kaunas Cultural Centre for the year of
“Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022“

The project idea:
People create myths, legends and tales. The idea of creating an Underworld Kaunas Meadow was born while reading the legend about the Mythical Beast of Kaunas and its adventures in Underworld Kaunas as well as in Sunny Kaunas, written by the city chronicler and other creative citizens last year.

Does the Beast have its own special resting place that no one knows or has seen? Where is this place located? What does it look like? Do plants grow there, or is it surrounded by stalactites? Does the Beast meditate? Did it try to crochet a scarf made of colored threads instead of diving deep into the bottom of Nemunas?

When we asked ourselves these questions in the studio “Gijų sodai”, we decided to make the answers out of yarn. The resting place of the Mythical Beast is a meadow – the carpet of Underworld Kaunas.

The purpose of the workshop:
To create a textile work of art – a carpet – a meadow, the creation of which would involve as many residents of the city and district of Kaunas or even guests of the city.

The carpet has been created using a mixture of weaving, knitting, crocheting and sewing.

The carpet was made at home by knitting and crocheting details – meadow plants. In the textile studio “Gijų sodai” of the Kaunas Cultural Center the “plants” were combined and sewn together to form a meadow. The central part of the carpet – the meadow – was also woven on a large upright tapestry loom.

The makers:
Residents of Kaunas city and district, members of the textile studio “Gijų sodai”, textile specialists and instructors (Agnietė Janušaitė-Vitkūnienė, Danguolė Bečelytė Čachavičienė, Renata Laurinavičiūtė, Nijolė Pajaujienė, Vida Razutytė, Romalda Žukauskaitė, Margarita Bubnienė, Lolita Jaskienė, Nijolė Brencienė, Irena Nomeikienė, Janina Pukienė, Birutė Sarapienė, Greta Jurgelevičienė, Regina Butkevičienė, Izolina Genienė, Rūta Narvydienė, Vitalija Masteikaitė, Danutė Valantaitė, Liucija Šepkutė-Banaitienė, Kristina Petrauskienė, Daiva Aleksandravičienė, Raimonda Nutautienė, Edita Žaromskienė, Odette Lunaitė, Ona Bajorynienė, Rita Balčiūnienė, Jūratė Barysienė, Ona Beitnarienė, Rimutė Blotnienė, Ramunė Briedienė, Jurgita Pradel, Laima Dabulskienė, Tereza Dambrauskienė, Asta Federavičiūtė-Jasiūnė, Valerija Gelažienė, Laimutė Marytė Graževičienė, Aistė Grigaliūnaitė, Sigita Grigaliūnienė, Margarita Grigaliūnienė, Virginija Grinevičienė, Paulina Janušaitė, Adelė Janušienė, Jolanta Jurelienė, Audronė Jurevičiūtė, Rasa Kaminskienė, Aušra Kaučikienė, Laima Kazlauskaitė, Loreta Joana Kontautienė, Danutė Kažimėkienė, Asta Mačiulienė, Daina Maliaukienė, Genovaitė Marcinkevičienė, Kristina Nargėlaitė, Zinaida Nėnienė, Anelė Norvidienė, Vida Norvilienė, Janina Partikienė, Agripina Paškauskienė, Laima Paškevičienė, Liucija Paškevičienė, Lina Pečiūnienė, Danutė Petkūnienė, Jūratė Petrauskienė, Rasa Puišienė, Simona Puišienė, Martyna Puišytė, Margarita Pusčienė, Stefanija Repšytė, Vytenė Rimkevičienė, Loreta Romeikienė, Aldona Sabanskienė, Virginija Elena Sakalauskienė, Dangirutė Samušienė, Svetlana Savickienė, Aurelija, Marija Seiliūtė, Lava Šutienė, Danutė Tamašiūnienė, Edita Ūsaitienė, Irena Valaitienė, Elena Zalatorienė, Zigfrida Želvienė, Renata Be, participants of the creative workshop “Carpet of Mythical Beast” in the Kaunas Cultural Centre on 21-22 January 2022).

Project partners:
“Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022”, Kaunas District Third Century University, Stasys Lozoraitis Senior Academy, Korys Center for the Disabled, Public Institution Day Center “We Are”, Karalius Mindaugas Vocational Training Centre, Vilkija Gymnasium.

The author of the idea:
Agnietė Janušaitė-Vitkūnienė, Head of KCC Textile Studio “Gijų sodai”