I was born and raised in Athens, in a house with a garden. I spent hours under the big pear tree making things and dreaming up stories using all the treasures I discovered in nature. Many years later I studied graphic design and discovered the art of bookbinding. The book arts seemed to me the most magical, complete and interactive form of art. Following my instinctive love of knowledge I found myself in Seville where I learned to work with paper and turn it into a book and then the book into a balloon. Leaving Seville I started imagining metal books! That idea led me to my next step, to Florence to learn how to work with metal. New paths opened up and instead of books I started making jewellery, miniatures of technique and aesthetics. Blending paper and metal I discovered a new way to tell my stories in the form of small, precious objects. I returned to Greece and chose a special place to set up my workshop. So, I have been living, working and raising my daughter on Paros, this small island full of light, surrounded by the always changing sea and the wind that blows ideas swirling around our heads.
about my work
“The straight line is godless”
This phrase said by Hundertwasser, has stayed with me, and I can recall it every time nature confirms it through its perfection. It is these manifestations of nature that I admire, I observe, and that impress me, and fragments of which I later try to convey using my hands. I begin by making small sketches, fleeting ideas of whatever draws my attention. Completed forms wander around my mind, forms of shells, flowers, leaves, at times even minimal or shapeless organic forms which I build asymmetrically.
My process never follows a straight line from concept to completion. An idea leads to discovery of new forms which then turn and transform my process. As the material changes under my hands my thinking evolves, a creative circle. My main materials are silver and paper. Silver is a tough “companion”. At times I transform it until it follows my sketch, or at other times I let it show me the way through its own pathways. For the purpose of antithesis but also for balance I use paper, a material which feels as if it holds me by the hand. The paper fibers create an environment where I play with the colours of nature and form the canvas on which I narrate my stories.