Tapestries

I have been practising as a professional textile artist for almost 30 years. Although I had learned many techniques, for example batiks, printing etc., during my studies at the Textile Department at the Latvian Academy of Arts, I chose tapestry as my favourite medium while being a student. The early period of my artistic activity is characterized by the even deepening interest in tapestry as a decoratively monumental art. The works of this time reflect my interest and searching in thematic figural compositions using laconic means of expression. My aim was to discern the inner activity of a monumental form and the emotional saturation of a colour area. Colour, rhythm and form – essential agents of ideas embodied in my works. I was interested in clear forms and pure, bright colours, eventually supplemented with details. By and by (in the course of time), in order to add poetic and lyric vision the colours gradually became more restrained introducing subtle graduations, hues and nuances. Tapestry as a “woven painting” with over centuries proven high esthetical qualities requires not only excellent technical skills, but also a great deal of patience.