In my project Mythopoetical Blockchain I sought to re-establish Lithuania’s unique domestic mythology into a digital realm. Drawing on an ethnographic study of the country's lost cultural and linguistic heritage to inform and inspire my work. Lithuanian pagan folklore symbols manifest through national identity and its language. It is the definition of a cultural legacy, constructed on a particular mythical philosophy and is applied as a method to explain the world and environment.
Historically, folklore tales and mythology were used throughout culture, seen in poetry, painting and textiles, transforming into legends, infiltrating people's daily lives as a form of communication. In this digital age, we communicate via our applications and devices. The speed at which goods are consumed is amplified through these new means of communication, creating unsustainable access to the product.
In this realm of unlimited access and high tech development, the fashion and textile industry at large holds on to conventionally manufactured materials. My ambition has been to construct a virtual communication system by adhering to the concept of a blockchain. Combing traditional Lithuanian folklore with the digital presence of the contemporary world, I have translated the two realities into digital materials. By being constructed through particular mythical stories as a network of narratives, my digital reality seeks to communicate the increasing environmental challenges facing the fashion and textile industry. The project highlights how technology, tradition and commerce can be combined together into new production pathways that promote sustainable making processes.