Tuesday, 18 August 2009

A bit of background:

The project has come about as a result of an artists exchange programme which I took part in at the last Textile biennale - 2007. The programme was a joint initiative between the Kaunas Textile Biennale and the London Printworks Trust. I was invited to Kaunas for a week in December 2007 to visit the biennale, and explore the city. It was a wonderful trip, full of extraordinary discoveries. You can read a brief summary of the trip here:


One of the most unexpected and strangest experiences was a visit to the Tado Ivanauskas zoological museum. There was something so incongruous about all the beautiful specimens - collected from the farthest ends of the world and brought to this dark wintery corner of the Baltic. So when Peter and I were putting our thoughts together about the project, it seemed a perfect starting place.

The collection is pretty extensive, starting from the thousands of beautiful moths and butterflies on the top floor, and descending down through the insects and reptiles to the birds on the first floor gallery, and then the larger mammals on the ground floor.

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