Buttons brought into Europe from the Orient starting with the 13th century soon enabled to comprehend the power of a minor thing – the button. In Vilnius the workshop of button producers was established as late as the 17th century. At that time they were very decorative, meant for aristocrats and underlined the status of their owners. Today a button is an ordinary detail in daily clothings.
Egle Cejauskaite-Gintale says: “The buttons created by me are like still stop shots. They reflect values of the nation, the individual. The buttons are able “to unbutton” the worlds important to us. The buttons as if button up the worlds important to us. The years of the state, it’s history are buttoned up by the buttons. Thus, eventually the buttons become silent witnesses of the history.”
In the exhibition in Finland E. Cejauskaite-Gintale will show brooches-buttons created from silver, mamoth bone, wood, stone and amber.
She is a jeweller with 20 years of experience.