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Vilma Marė came to USA from Lithuania in 1989, soon after Berlin wall was down. Here she continued studies at F.I.T and quilt making as a social gathering, art form and a healing gift to someone in mind.

Vilma Marė adapted quilt making tools to fashion design and after 10 years of experimentation came up with her inventive technique of tailoring, that brought along new aesthetics and original style. Designer‘s sartorial artistry broke new grounds for fashion making: w/ this new de-constructive technique Vilma Marė was able to produce season collections w/ her small immigrant budget and sell it to hot NYC boutiques like Patricia Fields, Antique Boutique, About Time and others.
Vilma Marė was very inspired by British fashion conceptualists like Elizabeth Wilson, Nicola White, but mostly driven visionary James Howard Kunstler, who has foreseen our future in a new economy. Ms. Marė quickly adopted described by him feminine economy principles and built her Sartorial Goods, Lessons and Services by barter far and wide. Women and men come to her shop to learn sartorial technique and design services, also specifics of how to care for wool, since Vilma Marė Design uses mostly boiled and prewashed wool and viscose knit fabrics.

But ideally and most of all Vilma Marė seeks her Baltic and acquired American indigenous sources to bind in a new way of celebrating this life:
- observing, helping and respecting Mother Nature;
- non-invasive, rather humble way of enjoying our ownership of American land, water and sky;
- Healing and spirited thoughts and activities guided by indigenous and ethno-cosmologic wisdom.
Then clothes made and worn by us may turn into visual poetry,
And healing vestments, just like those quilts sewn for a very good intention.

"The truth about human nature is deeply connected with our adaptability, our capacity for becoming that which our culture tells us we can. Undirected by culture patterns organized systems of significant symbols - man's behavior would be virtually ungovernable, a mere chaos of pointless acts and exploding emotions, his experience virtually shapeless. The culture, the totality of these models, is not an ornament of human existence, but - the main base for its specificity - an essential condition for it." 

Clifford James Geertz

The Interpretation of Cultures, 1973

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