Announcement Whimsical textile art and illustration inspired by nature, myth, and legend. Shipping overages for combined purchases will be refunded as soon as the items are packaged.
Whimsical textile art and illustration inspired by nature, myth, and legend. Shipping overages for combined purchases will be refunded as soon as the items are packaged.
Childhood Doodles Come Full Circle
You know how people sometimes speak of a single moment or experience that changed the course of their life? I had one of those, and it's what brought this shop about.
As I child, I spent a lot of time up in my room drawing. In particular I loved to draw hearts, flowers, and beautiful ladies dressed in fancy garments. Many of the ladies bore striking resemblances to the maidens, pixies, and witches from the Lithuanian folk tales I heard from my mother and in the Lithuanian language school I reluctantly attended on Saturday mornings. (My parents immigrated from Lithuania when it became Soviet occupied during World War II, and I was born in the United States.) Occasionally I would also draw birds and other cute animals. Doing so gave me immense satisfaction, but in adulthood I decided to pursue a career that would pay the bills.
I became a technical writer. And I was quite good at what I did, but at the end of the day I had nothing left for creativity. Plus, in the back of my mind I was always awaiting the phone call announcing a major factory malfunction as the direct result of someone using one of the manuals I'd written. So when my children were born and circumstances allowed me to spend time with them at home, I jumped at the chance.
One summer when my kids were still quite young I took them, along with my husband, to the Lithuanian language immersion camp in rural Michigan where I'd spent my childhood summers. While we were there, a young artist from Chicago taught a basic afternoon lesson on how to make linocut prints. For inspiration, she urged us to look at the prints in the musty books full of Lithuanian folk motifs that had been gathering dust in the camp library.
I was immediately hooked. I loved the magic of peeling paper from an inked block to reveal the precise image underneath, but I also loved the geometric patterns and motifs in those old books, the stark black and white images of slithering serpents, heartbroken mermaids, goats, cuckoo birds, dragons.
I learned everything I could about relief printmaking and sat at my table carving away ribbons upon ribbons of linoleum until I developed my own rhythm and style. That one afternoon at summer camp sparked the artistic impulse that had lain dormant in me for so long, and in 2012 I opened this Etsy shop to sell my prints. From there, it was only a matter of time before I taught myself how to sew so I could make things with my printed fabrics, which in turn lead me to the world of textile art.
I realized that I loved fabrics, especially old, pre-loved ones that have a little history and mystery. And I found the process of sewing these fabrics together by hand, embellishing them with decorative stitches, and sometimes turning them into three dimensional objects like birds and dolls and ornaments one of the most gratifying things I'd ever tried. I still make occasional relief prints on paper, but textile art has become my passion in life. I wake up each morning full of ideas to pursue, and I feel restless when a day or two goes by when I don't get the chance to create. I'm so grateful to have finally found the thing that makes my spirit soar.
And I still love hearts and flowers, which now manifest in my folk art inspired pieces - decorative objects inspired by the simple things of beauty around me, and infused with the kind of age old symbols that resonate with people everywhere.
So I continue to draw inspiration from the folk art of my Lithuanian ancestors, as well as by the early themes and motifs of my native United States. But as enamored as I am with vintage textiles and their history, I strive to make bold and colorful new art that references the past with an eye for the future.
I hope I never have to write another technical manual again, but if I did I would embellish it.
Hi, I'm Rima and I make linocut prints and textile art inspired by primitive American themes, as well as the folk art of my family's native Lithuania. To catch a glimpse of my process and creative life, visit me at www.rimarama.com.
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