I am fascinated with all things sea: sirens & mermen, underwater worlds & treasures, myths & legends, serpents & seafaring spirits. The inspiration behind this palette is no exception to these fascinations of mine, as the story behind it encapsulates all of these things. Tales of a Sea Gypsy is a storytelling palette in all senses, it is inspired by a Lithuanian love story; Jurate’s Castle.
Jurate’s Castle tells a tale of a goddess mermaid, Jurate, who lived under the Baltic Sea in a picturesque amber castle. Jurate was the ruler of all of the sea & its sea-life. One day a young fisherman named Kastytis disturbed the peace of Jurate by catching all of the fish in the sea, thus Jurate decided to punish him & restore peace. However in doing so she fell in forbidden love with this young fisherman. Shortly after, Jurate & Kastytis resided together in Jurate’s amber castle under the sea. Soon after the two united Perkunas, the thunder-god, was astonished that the goddess had fallen in love with a mortal fisherman & struck the amber castle, causing it to explode into millions of pieces and killing Kastytis. According to legend, Jurate was then chained either to the ruins or a rock on the seafloor by Perkunas & that is why pieces of amber come ashore after a storm on the Baltic sea. Others argue that the amber pieces washed ashore are Jurate’s tear drops; either way, this love story’s beauty and magnificence still makes its way onto the shore of the Baltic sea front.