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About Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis

Me = Francesca Jurate Kristina Sasnaitis... also known as Jūrytė/ Jūrytėle/ Jūračiuk/ Jurachook/ U-Russia/ Urata/ Rata/ Jay-bird/ Jay-peg/ Miss J/ Big J/ France/ Franca.... Sasna/ Fox/ Greville/ Knight... and Nerada Netis... as far as I can remember... oh, and there's still room for Kristina... somewhere, sometime... Me = drew, painted, made sculpture, then stopped; printed photographs, then stopped; wrote, then stopped; made furniture, then stopped; made prints, then stopped; became a bookseller and stopped; wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... started painting again... sold a few more books... stopped... wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... and now seeing words, writing images... was that last bit too wanky? What goes around comes around, I guess...

One slightly weary nutcracker; one Lithuanian clog with amber stud; one carving of San Francesco d’Assisi taming the wolf; all wooden.

I think of him as the Prussian officer, a childhood gift from my German cousins, his jaws were never strong enough to crack more than a walnut. Now he reminds me of the grandfather I never knew, the father my … Continue reading

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carved Polynesian (or possibly Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, African??) lamp base

Once sported a pagoda shaped China-yellow lampshade, long since destroyed. Now sporting a 50s lacquer-red lampshade rescued from my parents’ home. Those with long memories may be reminded of the good old bookstore days…  

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cute kid (baby goat)

received in hospital on the occasion of my tonsillectomy for being “such a brave girl” and because no ice-cream was forthcoming… Adults lie, I discovered. I must have been about 8 years old.

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two koi

carved from wood and coveted since childhood

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The Australian Gemmologist, Autumn Number, May 1973, Vol 11 #10, Serial No. 97

With an article starting on page 3 by Elza R. Sasnaitis, ‘Amber, the Gold of the North’, based on a talk she gave to the Victorian Branch of the GAA, thus the somewhat conversational and anomalous style of the article. … Continue reading

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slightly bruised set of nesting dolls

We called them Babushkas but they seem to be more commonly known as Matryoshka dolls these days. The USSR stamp is still legible on the bottom of the ‘mama’ doll. Though I played with them a lot, and delighted in correctly … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Lido!

Photographer’s souvenir folder (1966) containing appropriately wine-stained  photograph of three ladies – Granny Hermine, Jurate and Mama Elza – enjoying dinner and a show (meaning SHOWGIRLS!!! in spangles, flounces, feathers and towering headdresses). We might have seen Blue Magic (thanks Jonathan Bollen for … Continue reading

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