Σάββατο, 24 Μαΐου 2014

The after - JOYA effect

Inspired by the Joya - International Jewelry Exhibition in Barcelona, 6 Greek and 28 foreign jewelry designers, travel and meet again, this time at a new place, “Popeye Loves Olive” in Athens. The aim of this encounter is the interaction and the transformation of individuality to collaboration, diversity to unification and exchange to sharing.


Christina Karakalpaki was born in Athens, Greece. Her architectural studies have given her the technical and aesthetic knowledge and skills to balance between the large and the small scale with agility, while at the same time feeding her curiosity in order to explore the spaces in between them. She has attended several seminars on jewelry design and micro-sculpture, she has participated in Greek and international exhibitions and her work has been featured in design magazines. As a freelance architect she provides consultation to a Greek company that produces metal furniture and artifacts, while as a jeweler she has collaborations with museum art shops, local jewelry stores and galleries. The last few years she maintains a workshop in Athens and her aim is to create jewelry that have a clear structure and that play an important role in complementing the body of the bearer. Architecture plays an important role in the way I think about jewellery and in the way I compose my pieces. The scale is the factor that changes. I believe that the micro scale gives me more freedom of expression, because it has fewer restrictions.

Artist’s statement
I am truly fascinated by the microcosm of jewelry because it gives me a freedom of expression, the ability to have absolute control of what I create and why. Sometimes I act based on a specific drawing and others times I act intuitively, without having a certain image in my mind of the final result. I let the materials lead me and I often find myself positively surprised of how the completed project differs from my original intent.
Many times I act intuitively, without having a certain plan or image in my mind of the final result. I let the materials lead me and I often find myself positively surprised of how the completed project differs from my original intent.
Characteristic of my work is the strict geometric compositions and some collections are dominated by sharp angles and zigzags. Other groups of jewelry are freed from the concrete architectural frame and consist of more curved forms.
I am very interested in exploring the boundaries of materials and the various textures I can achieve on different surfaces, in using contradictory elements and also in inventing my own techniques of processing a material.
What is really important to me is that my work has aesthetic integrity, consistency and purity in its structure, something that I try to achieve with constant experimentation and persistence.

One of my latest collections has to do with my effort to handle a favorite and intimate to me material: leather. In my collection “Skin on Skin” I used different thicknesses and qualities of leather. The surfaces are either smooth or rough, either hand painted or printed with colored films. With its softness and lightness, one feels that the jewel follows the body discreetly, no matter how morphological eccentric it may be.
The collection consists of colorful brooches and bracelets, leather chains with a different touch and multilayered necklaces.


He was born in Athens in 1952.After his diploma in Economics he studied jewelry with Greek distinguished craftsmen. He works as visual artist and jewelry designer since 1985.His work has been awarded in several national competitions. He has participated in many jewelry and fine art exhibitions .His recent exhibitions are:

2013 Museum Benaki shop (solo)
2013 JOYA Barcelona
2014 La Basilica contemporary exhibitions
He teaches jewelry design for almost 20 years. He also works with a group of archaeologists researching the prehistoric metal technologies of the Aegean region.


Visual Artist / musician.
Classical guitar diploma at Athens Conservatory, studied Fine Arts Sculpture in Massachusetts College of Art, BA - 1998.
Attended textile design courses at Central Saint Martins, 1987.
Her work has been awarded in several competitions. Her recent exhibitions were at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2010, titled “False id”.
She participated in Holland Paper Biennial, 2012 at Rijswijk. http://www.museumrijswijk.nl/papierbiennale2012/persbericht01ENG.html
T: +003 210-2714821

Artist’s statement
The process of designing α piece of jewelry or an object is a journey in time. I follow a path through emotions, concepts and images. It is an ensemble of elements powered by memories, experiences and myths. My work is a medium through which I communicate with other people.
I enjoy observing natural structures and studying prehistoric findings from the Aegean region with a group of archaeologists.
The pieces that I make are three dimensional compositions/objects, designed to be worn.
Techniques, materials, colors and textures are the language through which I express myself during these journeys of creating.


Maria Tsimpiskaki was born in Rethimno, Crete in Greece. She graduated from “Athens University of Economics and Business”. She is a jewelry designer since 1990 after attending painting, sculpture, jewelry making and design courses. She lives and works in Athens.

Artist’s statement
She thinks of jewelry design as a combination of lines, colors and materials that each time reveals a result of a given frame of mind, of different mental and emotional state.
It is the lines, the forms and the shapes that we encounter all around us in the natural world, in the street, or in everyday life, or even in the images that trigger in the mind…
The colors that are inherent to the materials, almost invariably require special processing before they are revealed…
Finally the materials themselves, whether luxurious, or humble, complementary or disparate or ephemeral, worked by hand; using traditional and modern techniques they produce a range of unique pieces.
Her aim is to create jewelry that are flawless in terms of construction and finish, perfectly fitting the human body so they become an essential and cherished accessory, setting off the personality of the wearer.
She is a member of the international art jewelry community klimt02 and the Italian association of contemporary jewelry AGC και Gioiellodentro.


She was born in Athens, Greece. She studied Architecture Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art(MA 1994, School of Architecture and Interior Design, MPhil 1998, School of Communication Design and School of Humanities).
She has also attended several courses and workshops on printmaking, painting, ceramics and jewelry.
From 1994 to 2001 she worked in London as a freelance Architect and Designer. Her projects were multidisciplinary covering a number of fields between Architecture and Art.
In 2001 she returned to Greece and formed the Architectural team L.A.ST., together with T. Athanassopoulos and A. Lapourtas.
Since 2004 Niki Stylianou works as an artist and jewelry designer/maker.
She has participated in several national and international exhibitions.

Artist’s statement
The Ancient Greek word «kosmos» could be read as rhythm; as order; as the making of a pattern that could be traced again and again and be embodied in the cosmos as we understand it. In a way «kosmos» makes the cosmos visible. «Kosmos» could also be read as adornment. Homeric epics describe how «kosmos» clothes the body as a second skin to make it appear.
Through her work, N. Stylianou, tries to redefine «kosmos», designing adornments made of ordinary and overlooked everyday objects. Things that she de-constructs and re-arranges in space/puzzles, that clothe the body while speaking of immaterial relationships: the precious and the non-precious; the beautiful and the ambiguous; the familiar and the unusual; the lasting and the ephemeral.
Continuous themes are also geometry and exploration of pattern, texture and balance.
In the following collections, the object chosen to be de-constructed and researched is the rubber glove. Rubber gloves are thus washed several times until they become odor free, they are hand cut, hand painted, stitched, fabricated and mixed with precious and semi-precious materials.
The resulting work is elegant and well-crafted with an underlying sense of humor.


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