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The Exhibit QUOTATIONS IN TEXTILE: “Frolic of an Angel” & “Shibori – Transformations”

2008 October 24 @ 17:00 - 2008 December 13 @ 12:00

This exhibition introduced the personal dimensional embroidery exhibition “Frolic of an Angel” of Jolanta Šmidtienė, and the exposition „Shibori – Transformations“ of a well-known originator of the shibori technology in Lithuania Jūratė Petruškevičienė. The works of Jūratė Petruškevičienė, as well as young artists and the students of textile using the shibori technology were seen.

SHIBORI is the technology of Japanese origin. For hundreds of years this technology has been used in various places of the world; however, the greatest part of fabric came to Lithuania exactly from Japan. This is the dyeing in which the cloth is bound, flexed, basted, wrapped, pressed, tackled, etc. in a certain way. This is done in order to protect some places of this cloth from the dyes during the process. The cloth is dyed and stained, this way creating the prints and patterns, most often using vegetable dyes. Each process has its name, as e.g. ITAJIME SHIBORI, MOKUME SHIBORI, KIKAIGUMO SHIBORI, and so on.

The Shibori technology can be used not only for the creation of the prints on the cloth, but also technique for bas-relief, i.e. for the changing of the surface of the cloth from 2- to 3-dimensional. This is particularly relevant for the textile cloths, as well as for fashion design and the creation of sculptural forms.

Such world-famous designers as YSSEY MIYAKE, YOHJI YAMAMOTO, ANA LISA HEDSTROM and others, next to the traditional methods have discovered their own personal styles in combining several techniques and various fabrics.

YOSHIKO IWAMOTO WADA (the founder of the global shibori network and the international shibori symposium) maintains: “… that the artists speaking the shibori language see the prints of shibori everywhere in nature. As in the technology of shibori where man changes the surface of the cloth, time is the power which determines the process of change in the nature. The wind turns the flat surface of sand into the wavy 3-dimensional textural surface <…>.“

The works of the graduates from Vilnius Art Academy, Kaunas Art Faculty, and their teacher Docent Jūratė Petruškevičienė are presented at the exhibition. Jūratė was the first in Lithuania to start using this textile technology. Her shibori works are connected with the Orient not only in the technological, but also in the ideological sense. However, the artist does not stop searching for the sound of the Lithuanian shibori; she also passes all the saved knowledge to her students. The subject of the shibori technology has been taught in Kaunas Art Faculty, the Department of the Applied Textile, from the year 1999. This technique is interesting and inspiring for the searching of new opportunities and creativity.

 Docent Jūratė Petruškevičienė