Today we’re introducing our last artist joining us this summer – travel writer, foodie, cook-book author and just a cool girl Igne from Lithuania.
“Art is a universal language. It’s a great way to spread ideas, to educate, inspire and uplift people. I think it can be used for many good and positive things, even if that means shocking people with something they don’t really want to know or see”, – Igne
What’s your story, Igne?
I am a freelance translator and writer born and raised in Lithuania. Currently living in Klaipeda – a seaside town I fell in love with more than 10 years ago and finally get to call home. I’m a passionate reader, traveler and a self-proclaimed foodie (I actually run a food blog in Lithuanian).
What do you focus on in your writing, what are your passions?
My writing reflects my passions and interests – I love writing about food, culture & travels. I believe that written word is very powerful, so I try to use it consciously. Personally, I like when texts are both slightly ironic and heartfelt (but not in the sappy way!) and I strive to incorporate that into my writing. I love it when people tell me they’ve discovered something new through me and my writing.
What’s your superpower?
My intuition. I’ve predicted several events. Sadly, not the happy ones.
What are your proudest achievements so far?
Last year I published a recipe book in Lithuanian about East Asian cuisine – I guess I could call it the highlight of my professional life so far. I also rode one of the world’s tallest and fastest roller coasters and lived to tell the tale (let it be known that I am terrified of heights).
What inspires you to create and in general?
People. We are wonderful and terrifying creatures all at the same time and it fascinates and inspires me very much. The beauty of the world is another thing that brings me great inspiration, especially if I get to spend time by the sea.
How does art help to make the world a better place?
Art is a universal language. It’s a great way to spread ideas, to educate, inspire and uplift people. I think it can be used for many good and positive things, even if that means shocking people with something they don’t really want to know or see.
What are your nearest goals?
I want to establish myself as a travel writer and finally finish that novel I started last summer! Recently, my parents decided to renovate my old room and I found dozens of unfinished novels, story ideas, poems and even one play! The sheer quantity blew me away – I’d had completely forgotten how prolific I used to be in high school and university! So now I’m feeling super motivated to do more.
Where can we find you online?
I’m semi-active on Instagram. I actually have two profiles there – one for myself (@igne_ale) and one for food (@ignes_puodas). The first one should come with a warning, though, – I love posting pictures of my dog Boogie Woogie.