A New Year for Folk Art

LTFAI NEWS – Winter 2018-2019

◊ New Year‘s greetings from the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute (LTFAI) Board of Directors! January has already slipped by, which is a good thing, as it‘s been quite cold in Toronto, but we are not hibernating. Our monthly telephone conferences continue, as we discuss updates,  projects and activities.

◊ Work continues on the online National Costume Archive Project. We are ever closer to launching at least a dozen costume photos with details large and small. Introductory articles and a glossary are being polished, and site navigation is being fine-tuned. We deeply appreciate the ongoing work being done by Aldona Rygelis, Algis Norvila and Sebastian Grinham. This is a truly complex endeavour which requires great attention to detail and countless hours of work. We would like to present the project in its final form, rather than launch an imperfect version which we would have to continue revising after it is live.

◊ The LTFAI Annual General Meeting will take place in Toronto on Saturday, May 4, with a Board meeting in the morning, and the AGM at 1 p.m. in the afternoon, followed by a presentation by guest speaker Donna Druchunas, author and knitter extraordinaire who has published many books, among which is a seminal work on traditional Lithuanian folk knitting. She will also conduct a workshop on knitting wristlets – “riešinės“. Please save the date and plan to participate! Toronto is lovely in May, and we welcome all and any of you who have an interest in Lithuanian Folk Art, even if you are not a current practitioner. We need your ideas and your presence to make our organization dynamic once again. Email us at gro.i1553402533aftl@1553402533ofni1553402533.

◊ 2019 – Year of Outreach! We are planning several outreach efforts through Lithuanian communities and organizations throughout North America. Please continue to visit our beautiful website https://ltfai.org, and send us your photos, notes and ideas on folk art that you create, would like to create or know about. The website will be under review this year, and we welcome your input regarding additional content as well as other areas and activities that are not yet represented here.

Future Plans. The Board is currently refining plans for the digitization of archival films about Antanas Tamošaitis, as well as photos and other historical material in the archive. Dr. Kristina Pavilanytė-Gaputienė is planning to create a presentation on sash-weaving. Diana Bubulytė-Wiese‘s interesting presentation on amber from the 2018 AGM will be made available on the website. The LTFAI archive is now housed at Anapilis, in Mississauga, Ontario, in plastic bins which secretary Ramune Jonaitiene will be sorting this year prior to digitization. Also estimates are being requested for digitization of the books published by and about Antanas and Anastazija Tamošaitis – National Costume, Sashes, Easter Eggs, Anastazija Tamošaitienė, as well as the Institute itself – Lietuvių tautodailės institutas.

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