Dates, places and jewellers are set! Athens Jewellery Week will happen for the first time this year and it is alreadystarting tomorrow. If I could, I would be there!!!! So if you have the opportunity, just go and enjoy it!
As you probably know, my jewellery adventure started in Athens, therefore I have special and even nostalgic feelings regarding Greek Jewellery.
Greek designers look at Contemporary Jewellery as an art form and they are always experimenting new ways to innovate and promote it. They are restless in trying to use Jewellery as a means of expression for creativity and, to prove it, here is another festival, which will be organized by Anticlastics, a group formed by Anastasia Kandaraki, Erato Kouloubi, Ioanna Natsikou and Niki Stylianou.
II These are the artists II
Aggelika Diplari, Anastasia Kandaraki, Antria Prasinou, Angelika Komis, Angelos Konstantakatos, Artemis Valsamaki, Corinna Coutouzi, Demitra Thomloudis, Despina Pantazopoulou, Dora Haralambaki, Efharis Alepedis, Elisavet Messi, Erato Kouloubi, Evangelia Dimitriou, Ioanna Natsikoou, Ioli Livada, Iro Kaskani, Katerina Glyka, Liana Pattihis, Marina Zachou, Nicole Polentas, Revekka Moustaki Zei, Victoria Ioannidou, Vivi Touloumidi, Xenia Deimezi, Yiota Vogli
II Groups of artists II
>> Cluster collective II Anastasia Agglopoulou, Hara Kourtali, Yakinthi Oikonomou
>>JAW (Jewellery Art Workers) II Achilleas Georgiadis, Afroditi Goula, Stella Deligianni, Artemis Zafrana, Thomas Thomidis, Iosif Iosifidis, Vally Kontidis, Katerina Malami, Mary Margoni-Giannis Madilakis, Sarina Beza, Fortini Nikaidou, Nikos Karakostas, Sofia Papalexiou, Maria Psarianou, Cosmochaos Maria Apostolopoulou, Niko Karakostas, D’olium (Sofia Bahalava-Vassilis - stalmoulis), Theofanis Konstantinou
>> Maria Tsimpiskaki - Niki Stylianou
>> RagTag Collective II Chrisoula Papahatzi, George Giannoutsos, Ismini Pachi, Kalliope Theodoropoulou, Vasia Pachi, Yannis Tsalapatis )
II Jewelry Schools II
>> Anamma Studio
>> Chalkis Art School
II Galleries II
>> Eleni Marneri gallery
>> Popeye Loves Olive Art Space
II Jury II
>> Jorge Manilla - Jewelry and Art Designer
>>Vassilis H. - Visual Artist, Sculptor
>> Zina Kaloudi - Historian of Art, Curator, National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum
>> Anastasia Kandaraki - Jewelry Maker, Instructor
>> Erato Kouloubi - Jewelry Designer, Popeye loves Olive Art Space
>> Ioanna Natsikou - Jewelry Artist
>> Niki Stylianou - Jewelry Maker, Architect
As you can see, a lot of interesting jewellers will present their work during this week, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to four of them: Demitra Thomloudis, Anastasia Kandaraki, Nicole Polentas and Corinna Coutouzi. I find that, somehow, their work connect, is inspired or eventually relates to architecture, not only in formal term but also in the creative process.
For instance, in Demitra Thomloudis’ jewellery you will be able to discovery architectural aesthetics, construction, material, landscape and even urbanism. Her work is very much influenced by “vernacular architecture and landscape of site-specific locations”. (1) I find it dazzling and specially love the way she (re)interpret all these concepts and then, in a very particular way, employs them to jewellery pieces that are worn by a human body. As she states:
“Our bodies perpetually occupy the built environment. My work attempts to reverse these roles and interactions by allowing the visual language found within constructed spaces an opportunity to intimately coexist and inhabit the body. I examine and challenge formal architectural organization and its materials in an attempt to redefine and elevate its presence within the construct of jewelry.” (2)
You fell like each piece really has the ability to get the user closer to its environment and the time he/she lives on. To understand even more of Demitra’s research, you should definitely also take a look to her one year project: the Houston Yellow Tape.
Viento : Block collection, 2016 II Copyrights: Demitra Thomloudis