10/11/2014

Invitation to sartorial art and fashion installation

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Cohoes- The Foundry for Art Design + Culture's Visiting Artist Series [VAS] continues with an innovative exhibition featuring Lithuanian born, regionally based fashion designer Vilma Mare. Mare will be exploring contemporary culture through an installation involving a symbolic ceremony that recreates a time of connection and cleansing. Egle, the 'Queen of Serpents' is a feminine image with hereditary connection to indigenous rites, worship of ancestral land and family values, and harmonious dialogue between Humankind and Nature. Through the merging of archetypal water, blood and fire the world is reborn. The purpose is to restore the values of a sacred world. This story depicts an ancient ritual understood from a female perspective whereby Egle takes a central role as she becomes a mediator between "sacral" and "secular" spheres. 

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October 08  2014

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Alana Sparrow
QUEEN OF SERPENTS' EXPLORES DIALOGUE BETWEEN HUMANKIND AND NATURE
Myth Interfaces Routine : Fashion Designer Vilma Mare Explores Contemporary Meanings Through a Lens of Baltic Mythology



OPENING DAY: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6-9pm | 119 Remsen Street | Cohoes, New York 12047

ARTIST TALK & PANEL DISCUSSION 1PM |  Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cohoes- The Foundry for Art Design + Culture's Visiting Artist Series [VAS] continues with an innovative exhibition featuring Lithuanian born, regionally based fashion designer Vilma Mare. Mare will be exploring contemporary culture through an installation involving a symbolic ceremony that recreates a time of connection and cleansing. Egle, the 'Queen of Serpents' is a feminine image with hereditary connection to indigenous rites, worship of ancestral land and family values, and harmonious dialogue between Humankind and Nature. Through the merging of archetypal water, blood and fire the world is reborn. The purpose is to restore the values of a sacred world. This story depicts an ancient ritual understood from a female perspective whereby Egle takes a central role as she becomes a mediator between "sacral" and "secular" spheres.
The exhibition will be comprised of artisnal clothing styles including coats, skirts and other vestments. Besides the usual body protection and adornment aspects of the apparel, Vilma also maintains it’s spiritual content - protection against harm and the attraction of fertility and happiness. Additionally, (5) large oversized, hand sewn and quilted tapestries based on characters from the mythical story, and (9) large traditional ritual flags will be on display.
Exploring this non-heroic Baltic myth, the artist is promoting the preservation of indigenous identity and respect for its idiosyncrasies through a wearable design aesthetic. Vilma's Baltic Style dresses a woman in natural healthy fabrics and comforting clothing while portraying her within serene, thoughtful semantics that are able to communicate the universal values of respect to Earth’s and Woman’s fertility, and a devotion to one’s family and health.
“I create for customers with wishful thoughts towards them. I hardly ever fail to satisfy their sartorial needs. Observing the ancient wisdom of the Baltic Druids protects me from vanity, harmful ego and a fruitless existence.” - Vilma Mare : Fashion Designer | Artist
Queen of Serpents is the latest in an ongoing series of exhibitions, but as Alana Sparrow, Principal Founding Artist at the Foundry, notes, “This exhibition is unique in that it is the first time that the visiting artist is from the fashion industry and not the fine arts. By having the artist come from a different creative sector, our series has been strengthened by the multiplicity of viewpoints brought to the curatorial process.” 
A closing reception will provide an artist talk and panel discussion with nationally acclaimed author and public speaker James Howard Kunstler, fashion designers Vilma Mare (Founder of Baltic Style) and Kathleen Tesnakis (Founder at `e ko logic) in a panel discussion about the psychological impediments to rebuilding local economies and the obstacles faced by the artisan community as they strive to overcome the day to day challenges of competing in a global economy.
Additionally, a pop up store will feature garments for purchase. 
Gallery Hours / Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm / Admission : Free / 
Additional event production support provided by 2440 Design Studio and Electric City Couture.
Vilma Mare studied at Kaunas College in Lithuania and F.I.T. in the US. Through an application of traditional quilt making as a art form and healing gift, she invented a technique of tailoring within a new aesthetic and original style. Vilma has shown in galleries around the world including France, Lithuania and NYC and her clothes have been featured in hot NYC boutiques such as Patricia FieldsAntique BoutiqueAbout TimeHenri BendelBond 07 and others. 
For more information : vilmamare.com
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The Foundry for Art Design + Culture
119 Remsen Street
Cohoes NY 12047
For more information check out the website at: thefoundrysite.com