Notebook Workshop – 12th of April, 18.00, Ideas Block, Vilnius, LT

12th of April we are having a second notebook workshop at Ideas Block LT. You are invited to come at 18.00. We will start with a cup of tea and some interesting talks.

Come and make yourself a fabric cover notebook! We will provide you with all the necessary tools and materials. However, you are more than welcome to bring your favoure fabric with you.

You will leave this workshop with a small notebook that will fit in your pocket.

Workshop price: 10 €

Workshop will be held in English and/or Lithuanian, depending on the requirements of the participants.

Workshop is suitable for all age groups.

Check out our Facebook event for more info.

We have a limited amount of spaces availabale, therefore, we recommend to secure your spot by registering. You can do that either by sending us a Facebook message to IdeasBlockLT, or e-mail to info@ideas-block.com.

Language – Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition in Collaboration with Roberto Becerra

We still have our first exhibition, called Language, running at the new creative space we opened just a few weeks ago – Ideas Block LT, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Showing from Feb 9 to March 9, 2017. Work in collaboration with Roberto Becerra.

About the exhibition

Language is energy. Through voice and language energy is transferred. With different purposes is this energy expressed, molded and conveyed. From a certain perspective, language is only energy what we utter and use it to communicate with others.

Such energy reaches our sensorial input, and its processed as mere impulses, in a way loosing all meaning or sense, until it is interpreted, decoded or understood by the brain structures trained in a set of sound patterns.

Language is nature. It is a natural treat of organisms, and it evolves to its fullest potential, restrained only by the characteristics of the vehicle that carries it. In this vein, language is a shared feature that fulfills the same objective regardless of the species or, in the case of humans, national/cultural tongue.

Information is shared, communication is achieved, messages are transmitted, and the medium is this energy transfer embedded in language and vocal expressions.

Language is flow. This transmission of information is happening in a stream of energy that is emitted and received.

In this installation theses ideas are hinted by means of a long, cylinder-like shape, from floor to ceiling, in the centre of the gallery, made from fabric, dyed producing organic patterns, with tree sections in the base, and light moving inside as a sort of up and downwards flow.

To enhance the concept of the energy content in the voice and language, the sculpture picks up the sound of its surroundings, which in the context of the installation and gallery is made up of people’s voices. The audio is accumulated, looped and played back to the audience, so after time of operating and when excited by the audience’s voices, the installation starts to resonate, feed back on itself and pulsate.

(text and images by Roberto Becerra)

Notebook Workshop at Ideas Block LT

On the 1st of March I will be having a notebook binding workshop at Ideas Block, new creative space in Vilnius, Lithuania. We will be making pocket size fabric cover notebooks, with the fabrics I will provide, or with the ones you bring.

You can register for this workshop by filling in this form. Or contact me directly. The workshop will be held in Lithuanian or/and English languages, depending on the participants needs. So anyone who is around in Vilnius next Wednesday, around 7 pm, can participate.

Workshop fee: 5 EUR

After the workshop you will leave our cosy space with a small notebook in your hands or in your pocket! See you there!

Find Facebook event here.

New Studio & Creative Space in Vilnius

Just a few days ago we finally inaugurated our creative space Ideas Block, located in Vilnius. It is a place where culture happens and ideas are fostered through various art and design practices, talks and workshops. Here we host interdisciplinary art exhibitions and sell handmade products by emerging designers, artists and makers.

It is a place where you can come to work, gather inspiration, meet like-minded people or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, a dessert, snacks or a drink.

We will be hosting cultural events, film nights and talks at Ideas Block. So stay updated and informed about our creative activities by following our Facebook page Ideas Block LT.

At the moment we are looking for artists, designers and other creative people wishing to take part in our events, exhibitions or sell work with us. Have a look at our Open Calls section on Ideas Block website to find out more. If you think you have something interesting to offer, get in touch!

Find out more about Ideas Block in Vilnius here.

These are a few moments from the opening…

Christmas Time!

Now all the Christmas markets are finished and I would like to thank you all for coming! It was great to see so many people supporting the local makers. And for me it was a good opportunity to explore the new market and meet many interesting people. It was fun! And now it is time to have some quieter time. Relax and enjoy your holidays!

If you didn’t have a chance to come, but would like to get something from my products get in touch and meet me in Vilnius or shop online (if you don’t mind waiting for your package longer and possibly getting it only after Christmas).

Here are a few moments from the Christmas market organised by Commune Art…

Upcoming Christmas Markets & Notebook Workshop. Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016

As you might have noticed, I am back in my home city Vilnius, at least for now. Since there will be quite a few Christmas markets around, I decided to use this opportunity to present my work in Lithuania for the first time. Also I will be doing a bookbinding workshop, where you will be able to create your own beautiful notebook.

And now put these dates on your calendars or follow the news on Facebook event pages:

Get a unique handmade gift this Christmas! Or make one yourself! 🙂

Free Shipping all the way till Christmas!

I have good news for you all! I know that many of you leave Christmas shopping for the last minute, so I decided to extend free shipping all the way till Christmas. And now it is available on both of my online shops – here through my website and on Etsy!

Just choose free Christmas shipping option when you’re ready to pay 🙂

P.S. For Etsy use coupon code BESTGIFT at the checkout.

Also some new items added! Enjoy!

 

PopUp Shop at Coffee1 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Here they come – Christmas events!

I am starting this holiday season with a Pop-Up shop just for two hours at Coffee1. As you might have guessed the event is going to take place in a cafe, located in the old town of my hometown Vilnius. I will be there this Wednesday, 23rd of November from 5 to 7 pm. So if you have a moment and you are in Vilnius, please come around!

There will be great coffee from Mexico and other parts of the world. And, of course, unique handmade Christmas gifts!

Find out more about this event here.

Christmas offer!

Now it is the best time to start your Christmas shopping if you still haven’t. When shopping online it is a good idea to get your gifts before December to avoid long waiting times…

Good news – all the month of November get a free shipping at my Etsy shop! Valid for all the orders, small and large. Find scarves and other fashion accessories, notebooks, bookmarks and greeting cards, or make a custom order for something even more special.

See you there!

Coupon code: BESTGIFT

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Origin. New Collection Development

‘Origin’ is the name for my latest collection of textile products. It not only represents my deep interest in nature and its composition, patterns, colours and inseparable connection with man-made structures, but also explores the ideas of sustainability in textiles.

The collection features linen fabrics and woollen threads dyed with plant-based dyes. The colours and patterns created in the dyeing process are merged with embroidery. The hand stitched patterns are based on the structures found in nature, either looking from far or getting into detail through the microscopic images. See my Pinterest board for the inspiration behind the drawings.

Follow the development and find out more details on the type of products you might find in the collection on Instagram.

In the images bellow you can see the process of the project so far:

About the process and the sustainability side

The fabrics and threads I am using for this collection are dyed using chokeberries, ashberries, hawberries, leaves, onion peel and wood bark. For the fibres to bind with these natural substances alum is used.

What I like about using natural dyes is the ease of modifying the tones and how the colours stay flexible throughout their life cycle by reacting to the sun, rain or other conditions. I also enjoy exploring the nature looking for plants and seeing the different results they create on fabrics. The overall process is very appealing, however it comes with its challenges and side effects.

Even though I previously worked with natural dyes, I still find it quite difficult to get hold on brighter tones. Also this process requires a lot of time and large amounts of plant dyestuff to produce colours. And one more thing, in order for the colour to actually bind with the fibre it needs some sort of chemical mordant (such as alum). So when you put all of these things together, dyeing with natural dyes doesn’t seem as sustainable as it might seem from the beginning, especially if applied on an industrial scale.

So if this isn’t the best way to colour the fabrics we use for clothing or decorating our homes, what is it? I am following the latest trends in the search for more sustainable ways and so far the most promising seems to be bacteria-based dyes. Hopefully soon this is going to revolutionise the whole textiles industry.