June Virtual Studio Tour with Artist Arūnas Ošlapas 

Artwork with blue trees on geometric grid background

Friday, June 11, 2021
4:00 p.m. PDT




Check out this video to watch the June Virtual Studio Tour with Artist Arūnas Ošlapas.

Arūnas Ošlapas has taught industrial design at Western Washington University since 1991, torturing his students with solving the world’s problems. In order to maintain his academic sanity, he weaves metal baskets and metal quilts for his business, Red Rivet Studios. For color inspiration, he raids his wife’s fabric stash (she is a fabulous fabric quilter) and keeps her prized swatches hidden in his studio. When things get too rainy, they pack up the family and head south of the border to dry out. He got a few degrees from Montana State University and the University of Illinois. Prior to teaching, Arūnas worked for Haworth in Michigan, designing office furniture and has consulted on many products from carbon fiber snowshoes to children’s museum exhibits.

Art work of abstracted poppies by Oslapas

Arūnas' Philosophy

  • Never settle—compromise weakens the spirit
  • Create daily
  • Balance technology and the primitive
  • Invest absolute faith
  • Inspire and be inspired
  • Be teachable
  • Overbuild
  • Craftsmanship, craftsmanship, craftsmanship
  • Relish the challenge
  • Fear not
  • Taste life
  • Persist eternally
  • Seek magic
  • Embrace the chaos
  • Ultimately, it’s all about people
Composite of metal assemblages by Arunas Oslapas

Questions and Accommodations

Fran Maas

I’m Fran Maas, and I’m the Program Director for this event. Feel free to call me at 360.650.3353 or via email at fran.maas@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments.

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Oslapas art booth showing woven metal pieces