Artist of  Klaipeda Ausra Grigaitiene started counting the stages of creative course since 2000. Guided by an authentic still small voice, she designed her first ornament (liturgical wear).

Within the panorama of Lithuanian textile, the creative work of Ausra Grigaitiene is especially rare and exclusive in terms of the choice of the definite field of the applied art – dressmaking and ornamentation of the liturgical wear.  This is a distinctive mission of the sacral art, which the author assumes deliberately and with great responsibility. Typological spectrum of the creations is very broad: these are the chasubles, liturgical coats of the priests, albs, veils, tippets, as well as frontals of various liturgical times.  For her works the textile author uses not only the tailor-made fabrics, but very often applies a certain clothing as well as author’s conception corresponding fabric – cotton, union cloth, wool, or linen fabrics, woven in various weaves by the manual weaving machine. For ornamentation, she chooses hand needlework, more seldom needlecraft or macramé weaving technique. Macramé weaving technique should be noted, which was developed by the author, used for making fringes, which are woven differently every time and are individually harmonized with the general stylistics of décor. When looking at the works of the artist it is evident that every time she makes great effort in going deep into the symbolism and history of the ornamentation of the future wear as well as the purpose and context of the garment. It should also be noted that when undertaking a new creative task, A. Grigaitiene is great in keeping the balance between the requests of the customer and independent ornamentation conception of the author. This input of creative and conceptual idea, felt in every work, as well as highly sensitive performance technique certifies about great sense of responsibility of the author, which, along the independence of the talent, is one of the most natural criteria of professional skill.

The style of ornamentation of the creations of A. Grigaitiene is named as a certain stylized interpretation of folk tradition, ornamentation distinguishes for the reserved and moderate plastic, herbal or geometrical motives are commonly used, the source of which is Baltic or Achaean ornamental prototypes, which are quite versatile in their essence, echoing with the cosmogonic motives. Christian symbolism in the works of the artist is very delicate and creditably unobtrusive; the conception of the world-view is characterized by the balanced and harmonized attitude.

The criterion, which is very important in the applied arts – especially thorough and technologically flawless performance, which plays one of the most important roles in the works of A. Grigaitiene in acquiring the quality of style and aesthetics, should be noted as well. All creations characterize for a certain stylistic unity and singleness, certifying the formation of the original hand of the author, and at the same time marked is the diversity of the motives and compositional solutions, witnessing an unquestionable creative potential of the artist. Clothing, designed by A. Grigaitienė, distinguish for great quality and functionality, they radiate warmth and harmony.

Creative work of the author certainly surpasses the regional scale and it is possible to state that a new artistic personality entered the Lithuanian textile, and especially the low-developed bars of the liturgical art.

Vestments of A. Grigaitiene are worn by priests and monks in Lithuania, United States of America, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, England, Vatican, and South Korea. The creative work of A. Grigaitienė fills in the gap of the liturgical art, felt in today’s professional textile, contributes to the enrichment of the present textile heritage, simultaneously having the social mission of making our environment more aesthetical.


Violeta Kristopaityte
Kaunas
Art Critic
National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum

Head of the Fine Arts Department

 

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Aušra Grigaitienė