I have just come back from a week long Jewellery symposium in Telšiai Lithuania, and I must admit after so much time focusing on both sculpture and 2D work it has been a really great experience to take a week and “think like a jeweller” again. Not only did I get to explore a new place, and learn some interesting things about the history of Lithuania but I also got to meet some truly lovely and talented artists. Among them , Benas Staškauskas Mona Wallstrom and Philip Sajet who I hopefully will be seeing more of soon. On the non human side, we also got the chance to make a few excursions into the countryside where I met these two little gems Peter and Isabelle.
I was amazed that for such a small city (population 30,000) Telšiai has a very rich artistic tradition, with sculptures and public works everywhere you look. I suspect that Vilinus Art Academy, Telšiai Faculty deserve much of the credit for this, with both students and teachers alike contributing to the public sculpture as well as exhibitions. My favourite piece was this one pictured below by Mindaugas and Asta Simkeviciai which depict engraved letters from Siberia displayed at the train station that took people from their homes into exile in the 40’s. These simple and yet very powerful pieces speak to a history that shouldn't be forgotten.
So after an amazing and inspirational week, where I created a few new pieces of jewellery (my favourite of which is the first image of this post.) and picked up some always welcome inspiration I got to see this amazing Landmark The Hill Of Crosses Which was an amazing way to finish off the week. I am now back in London and back to work on my other projects, however I now have a lot of things to think about, and let marinate in the brain for future use.