Maija Vitola

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Maija Vitola, the designer of Lielvãrde’s Belt

Growing up in a family of artists, I have been interested in art since early childhood. For a long time I was infatuated with graphic arts due to its delicacy and technical possibilities.

In 2008 I graduated from Janis Rozentals Art High School graphic arts programme. With my graphics I have participated in exhibitions in Latvia and Russia. After doing illustrations for books for some time I found myself reaching for new horizons. My interest in metal design developed only in recent years. For a period of time I soul-searched and expressed myself in different fields. I studied iconography and worked in a sculpture workshop where I got enthralled with metal and realized the three-dimensional enchantment of it. Jewellery making and working with metal enraptures me because of the possibilities this material provides as well as the incredible plasticity of forms. Nevertheless, in my jewellery I am trying to keep the fineness that is distinctive to graphic arts techniques.

Participating in the Piece of Memories design competition was a new challenge for me – a possibility to discover the characteristics of Latvia myself as well as presenting my perceptions to others.

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