een Hand Gebonden Kunstenaarsboek '(The) Fairing(s)', the Artist's-Books Workshop,Vilnius
2009 a hand-bound Artist's-Book / le
Livre d'Artist / ein handgebundenes Künstler Buch / Mahler
Artist's-Books Workshop Vilnius
time' 21 - 10 - 2009
Mornings are mornings, but the places differ.
This place has all the potentials for 'beauty'
I'm told paper is to be made as near as possible to
the clean water of a river,
well now, how about this for a location.
To be honnest I should think that the only paper-making
thing that has a direct relation with this river is the sewer
taking drained water from my paper into the river - again.
The 'undertaking' that gets me a woolen blanket is
more difficult than expected, but the thing costs only 30 Euro's
so what could I complain about.
I feel a bit guilty when cutting it up into pieces of a right
size for my paper.
That is to say, it does not exactly work like a woolen blanket.
But it should probably be washed a few times, something I have
no time for now.
Anyway things work (with a little help)
My humble shed (isn't that where paper is supposed
to be made) is getting some romantic flavour - rightly or wrongly
The whole thing gets started and those students that
take an interest in the paper making have all seen and done -
by themselves - some sheets, so up to the next stage - in some
other life, as my time is shorter and shorter here.
Made a home visit to Giedrius Jonaitis,
the artist, and professor in the academy that helps me getting
things like a knife, a mixer (not at all simpel to get things
like that apparently).
He is the artist that is responsible for a fair few bank notes
in this country. The currency in circulation at present was designed
by several authors.
1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 500 litas banknotes were designed by the
artist Giedrius Jonaitis, the 50 litas banknote by Giedrius Jonaitis
and Rimvydas Bartkus, 100 and 200 litas banknotes by Rytis Valantinas.
Giedrius tells of the experiences that come with developing a
design into the real thing, such as the engraving and printing
- most of the last bit, with a differing successes, being executed
I'm glad to make arangements with him for an exhibition in the
Fries Grafisch Museum.
Some older prints, ex Libris' to be correct by Giedrius
Jonaitis , showing here just for the fun of it.
Most of his later work has developed into three dimensional objects
The three of us, Wayne Crothers, Giedrius and myself,
visit some local galleries that have a mixe of quality in the
exhibitions. I'm somewhat surprised to find an exhibition here
- of Italian art - that I have seen parts of earlier this year
'on tour' in Durgerdam, near Amsterdam when I had a concert there
with my musical friends Louis Levelt, Cees Hiep and Pieter van
The next day he brings me a paper bag with cuttings of the old
money to play with, something that I am of course greatful for,
as it gives this paper we are making something special - couleur
local - from this special place.
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