I work with recycled materials, making planet greener one jewel at the time. Agne Zaltauskaite interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 12.08.2019
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Agnė Žaltauskaitė. Brooch: Breakthrough, 2018. Recycled paper, mixed media painting, silver, stainless steel.. 12,5 x 7.5 cm. Agnė Žaltauskaitė
Brooch: Breakthrough, 2018
Recycled paper, mixed media painting, silver, stainless steel.
12,5 x 7.5 cm
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I think jewelry is really finished, when it finds the right owner. It’s a wearable art form, and you can feel it only when you wear it.
What's local and universal in your artistic work?  
Somehow every work is created on a surface and has a distinctive another side which rarely is exposed to the universe. Hard to explain why, though it is like instinct when I do my jewelry.
What is universal?  I work with recycled materials, making the planet greener one jewel at the time.

What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
At this moment I expect people to think of recycling and beauty as one and the same, understand the meaning of jewel which is the real value. And yes, I want people to be a little bit crazy and be free.       

How important is handmade for you in your development? What role does technics and technology play in your development?  
I hate computers and new technology. I love to do everything with my hands it becomes more valuable and reflects the personality of the maker. Hands are the most important equipment. I think in jeweler’s work the brain speaks by hands, not computers.  

When you start making a new piece what is your process? How much of it is a pre formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
I make a mess in my studio, put out all things from the drawers, all the books and magazines, play my old-school music, sit down on my workbench, put down my feet on the windowsill and then when I lose brain connection, things become themselves. Pre formulated plan allows me to complete the mess when I got a groundwork and make a perfect piece.

Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
I really like painting, color matching is my strength. In my opinion, If you are an artist, be aware of design, technologies, materials, have a perfect taste and feeling, you could do a lot. From bedroom to door handle design.

How important is wearability in contemporary jewellery? And in your pieces?
I think jewelry is really finished, when it finds the right owner. It’s a wearable art form, and you can feel it only when you wear it.

The last work, book, film, city that moved me was...
Recently I travelled around Calabria (Italy), I saw a real Italy. Full of beauty and full of abanded, trashy places. And I love it. There was no tourist, all was very authentic. A place is full of inspiration.
Wes Anderson movie: The Royal Tenenbaums. I see this movie once a year. (adore other his movies too). Iconic movie to me, very stylish, and I love coloring and characters. I love it. Enjoy every minute.  

What/who is the biggest influence in your career?
I think my first time in Munich’s jewelry week. When I saw that contemporary jewelry world actually exists. I realized that jewelry could not be just from the precious metal and people actually love to wear it.

Which piece of work gave you more satisfaction?
Wedding rings for my friends and absolutely recycled jewelry. The piece of art, jewelry I created from nothing, literally trash and rubbish. It is very interesting to create something from nothing.

What is your source to get information?
Travels, 60’s, - 70’s,  interesting conversations, nature,  fashion - everything around me. You live – and you collect information every day.

Considering the experiences you have had over the years - if you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice for the start-up phase, what would that be?
Listen to your heart and always be free, don’t be afraid and be yourself.

Can you describe your personality in 3 words, describe your work in 3 words.
Personality: introvert, explorer, straightforward. 
Work: handmade, recycled, crazy.
Agnė Žaltauskaitė. Brooch: Anxiety, 2019. Recycled paper, painting, silver, stainless steel.. 8.5 x 6 x 1.2 cm. Awarded at: Amber Trip Award 2019. Special commission diplomas.. Agnė Žaltauskaitė
Brooch: Anxiety, 2019
Recycled paper, painting, silver, stainless steel.
8.5 x 6 x 1.2 cm
Awarded at: Amber Trip Award 2019
Special commission diplomas.

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