Berlin Culture: Showraum Trofejas – (Zu) Decken – Textilkunst aus Litauen

On forth of April Gierdre Bartelt opened another beautiful exhibition at her showroom, called “(Zu) Decken” and featuring three female artists from Lithuania, all from the art academy of Kaunas which features a special branch dedicated to textile art.

One of the artists was Lina Jonike, whose work is stunning and beautiful, combining a traditional technique of embroidery with contemporary technologies such as photography and video installations. Parts of her work titled ” She likes tomatoes” were displayed.
The cycle of a growing tomato is compared to human life: from seeds to sprouts and fruits that are finally plucked. The artist used photography to express the poetical comparison of nature and human life. Symbols of reproduction – a pregnant woman and a pot with a tomato sprout – contain the meaning of the greatest miracle.

Trofejas: Lina Jonike

Unfortunately, i encounter a problem to upload the photo of the whole artwork, but the photo on linen of the pregnant woman, with the tomato’s lifecycle pictured around her.
Some parts were embroidered to stand out of the otherwise sepia-colored work (detail shown above ).

The tomato theme is also found on woven table runners and and dish cloths.

Trofejas: Lina Jonike

Trofejas: Lina Jonike

Other works from her were this covered motorcycle photo, with an acrylic plate superposed to the photo. The acrylic plate was embroidered which gave the art a three-dimensional feeling.

Trofejas: Lina Jonike

From Lina’s work was also shown an installation showing the death towel of her late father, printed on handwoven sets, called “Hommage to the father”. The textures of the handwoven sets emphasized the print and made them also feel very dimensional.

Trofejas: Laima Orzekauskiene

Trofejas: Laima Orzekauskiene

Lina exposed also several tablecloths, embroidered with seeds. I’d love them on a summer outside dinner, on a big table on a field, gathering lots of friends and good food.

Trofejas: Lina Jonike

Another artist is Laima Oržekauskienė who studied at the State Art Institute (present VAA, Kaunas Art Institute), where she obtained the textile artist’s specialty. From 1987 she is a lecturer of VAA, Kaunas Art Institute, from 1996 – the head of the Textile Department, from 2007 she became a professor.
She also combines woven jacquards and prints to give the work its special texture.


The third artist of this exhibit is Monika Zaltauskaute-Grasiene, but i haven’t any pictures of her art. She also studied at the Kaunas Art Institute.

As usual, i went out of the showroom full of inspiration.

The exhibition can be viewed until tomorrow, april 19th at Showraum Trofejas, Wielandstraße 31 in Berlin -Charlottenburg.
Open from 12 to 6 pm.

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Berlin Culture: Showraum Trofejas / Small Flowers Crack Concrete by Raili Keiv

Yesterday evening i went to the vernissage of a new exhibition at Giedre Bartelt’s lovely showroom Trofejas. This time she presents Raili Keiv, a young estonian designer who works primarily with porcelain.

Raili Keiv, who was present, studied ceramics and product design at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2013 with the completion of MA)
and spent several sabbatical in Germany and Denmark.

Here is how she describes her work:
“The basic materials that I use are both substance as
well as inspiration in designing my objects . The perfection and the
possibilities of the material such as china has for many years been
my topic . I’m experimenting with the boundaries of porcelain as a material. However, I am
stuck to the more or less functional aspects of the objects , which are often
related to the topic of coffee in combination . For small vessels for espresso I look for moments of tension at the
boundary between stability and instability. At the same time , I combine
porcelain with concrete, which in its brutality and severity of a contrast to the
porcelain forms and thus emphasizes the fragility of the material.
My experiments with materials are inspired by historic interiors ,
that are found in modern cafes and bars of Tallinn in the 1950s. This
was a process of experimentation , characterized by combining
substances and the search for forms in ancient and modern history. My
work is a constant game with all these elements.

To select the title of the exhibition inspired me a song of
Group Sonic Youth NYC from the album Ghosts & Flowers.”

These small and fragile espresso cups and milk spenders where lovely, i love the sleek and pure lines of them, as well as the black velvet covers she used on some of them.

Also, these coffee pots with the mugs, combined with concrete…beautiful. Perfect size for an afternoon coffee.

Or these. Concrete combined with with vintage porcelain. Imagine the cup of tea and some cookies.

Perfect to serve some snacks.

Raili also made these cups / bowls, some with uni-colored others with florals inside. These bowls actually “bowled”, they are not standing flat. Beautiful, bt i cannot imagine having them at home with an hyperactive cat…

Giedre also presented other baltic goodies like chocolate from Chocolote Naive from Vilnius.

And coffee from Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories

There were also these lovely hand knitted wrist warmers. I love these, they are so beautiful and well made. The photo doesn’t do them justice.

The exhibition is open on friday and saturday from noon to 6 pm until march 15th.

Showraum Trofejas
Wielandstrasse 31
10629 Berlin

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