Art Jewellery Competition accompanying the Amber Trip 2017 amber & jewellery fair in Vilnius (Lithuania) took place during 8-11 of March 2017.

Our jury members were:

- Michael Petry
- Giedymin Jablonski
- Kristi Paap
- Irina Slesarova
- Zane Zukovska
- Laima Keriene


Winners of Amber Trip art jewellery contest


Grand Prize: Lauryna Kiškytė “The crown of shame” (Lithuania)


1st place ring category: Daniella Sarayae “RE-COVER” (Israel)

1st place necklace category: Dovilė Kondrašovaitė “Beauty in full bloom” (Lithuania)


1st place brooch category: Ieva Sadauskaitė “Fig leaves” (Lithuania)


Public choice award: Eugenija Valašinaitė-Mikšienė “Sweet time” (Lithuania)


Honorrary mentions, works of:

Herman Hermsen (Netherlands)


Marta Costa Reis (Portugal) 

Anna Szymanska & Zuzanna Litwinskac (Poland)


The chosen works will be displayed:

- Legnica Jewellery Festival from 27th of April to 11th of June, 2017 (Leginca, Poland);

- Gallery "Ramybė" from 1st of July to 14th of July (Palanga, Lithuania);

- Amber Forum from 28th of July to 30th of July (Kaliningrad, Russia);

- VAA Telšiai gallery  from November 23rd to  December 8th (Telšiai, Lithuania).


About the topic: Nature morte or still life, a genre commonly associated with painting, has been present in art from the earliest times. As a genre, it became formalised in the seventeenth century. Contemporary artists still explore the topic with all its symbolic tradition as well as new connotations in different media. Nevertheless there are very few works of contemporary art jewellery associated with nature morte. It may mean that such a subject is not an easy one for makers but it certainly is an interesting and inspiring one. Equally, amber, the recommended material (though not obligatory) fits well into the topic as it is itself often contains the fossilized remains of ancient life – and could be called a natural nature morte.

The story is following:

In 2013 Michael Petry - artist, curator, author, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London published a book entitled NATURE MORTE, Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still Life tradition (Thames & Hudson). 

The introduction ‘Revisiting the Still Life’ contains a short history of the genre and its multi layered symbolism followed by a chronological review of examples of the ‘classic’ - from ancient Egypt and Leonardo da Vinci to Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol.

He followed this with a review of contemporary examples in a wide variety of media. He widens the generally accepted meaning of still life often seen only as ‘flat’ - painting, drawing and photography to contains the 3D representations – sculpture, installation and objects. The review is divided into the historic areas of still life: Flora, Food, House & Home, Fauna and finally Death.

Normally a catalogue is printed to coincide with an exhibition. It was opposite this time. Shortly after the book was published Petry organised an exhibition of the same name based on the book.   

The exhibition consists of historic still-life paintings and contemporary art works of leading artists of the 21st century. The exhibition has already been shown in Norway at Ha Gamle Prestegard, and since the beginning of May it is installed at the Bohusian Museum in Sweden. In the very beginning of 2017 a show at the National Museum in Wroclaw is planned, and from September 2017 to January 2018 the final stop of the tour will be held at London’s Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London.