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Το Καλιτεχνικο Εργαστήρι Milos Crafts Ανοίγει Τις Πόρτες Του Για Το Πρώτο Σεμινάριο Τέχνης.

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Milos Crafts Design Studio Opens Its Doors For Its First  Art & Craft Workshop.

Χειροποίητα Εσπαντρίγιας. 

Handcraft Your Own Espadrilles.

Ετοιμάζεται σιγά-σιγά το εργαστήρι για τα πρώτα σεμινάρια τέχνης & χειροτεχνίας,  να μοιραστούμε την χαρά της δημιουργίας.

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Θα κατασκευάζουμε το πιο διαχρονικό παπούτσι του καλοκαιριού… χειροποίητα εσπαντρίγιας…. και τσάντα ασορτί.

Τις πολύχρωμες κλωστές, τα υφάσματα, δέρματα, αλυσίδες, κορδόνια, χάντρες, τρούκ, και άλλα πολλά,  σας περιμένουν.

Σύντομα κοντά σας.

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Once Upon a Time…..Sustainable Cork Tales

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Sharing some behind the scenes of one of our current sustainable design series called “Once Upon a Time” which will soon be available in outlets on Milos, as well as at the studio shop.

Using eco-friendly cork as an alternative to animal leather, these cruelty-free, vegan bags are lined with non-bleached cotton which is hand screen-printed with water based Eco-inks, all completely designed and handcrafted here on Milos in our little design studio. 

Each clutch bag is unique, telling its own story, and can be personalized, with initials or name, embossed onto a cloud and sewn onto the front of the bag.

Perfect for summer!1 finished clutch eleni

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Happy Greek Easter- Καλή Ανάσταση & Καλό Πάσχα.

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Eco-dyeing eggs for Greek Easter with onion skins, turmeric and red cabbage. 

The eggs were pre-boiled and allowed to cool before being decorated with gathered flowers and then wrapped in old pantyhose.  The onion skins, turmeric and red cabbage were boiled separately with 2 tbsps  white vinegar and then cooled before adding the eggs.

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While I was out gathering the flowers,  I met this beautiful butterfly.  It flew around me three times as I think I disturbed it’s lunch….it was quite big and a strong flyer.   According to this site it’s one of the largest butterflies in Europe!      Strangely it’s called the Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) even thought it’s not actually scarce.  I felt very honored!


Inspiration Behind the Design – Milos Mini-Bag

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This Milos Mini-Bag design is inspired by two things:

The lines “The kisses of your lips are honey, my love” from the Song of Solomon 4:11,

and   this   Elsa Schiaparelli evening coat at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Elsa Schiaparelli  had a wonderful, quirky way of seeing the world.  Her designs were often considered shocking, playing with contradictions and opposites, her first perfume was actually called Shocking.  

An innovative designer, way ahead of her time…she’s credited with designing the first culottes and wrap-dress, and the first clothes with visible zippers. The New Yorker’s Paris correspondent at the time said, “A dress from Schiaparelli ranks like a modern canvas” ,  having effectively turned her fashion creations into art.   Have a look at this bug necklace , it’s quite amazing when you consider it was made, and worn, in 1938 as part of her Pagan Collection inspired by Botticelli’s lush paintings.    

Schiaparelli collaborated with many artists of the day, such as Salvador Dali, believing that fashion and art share the same goals – to enrich and deepen an understanding of the world that surrounds us.   In fact Coco Chanel, Schiaparelli’s greatest rival, referred to her as “The Italian artist who makes clothes.” 

Here is an excerpt from a  Vogue  article about her early life:  “Berated by her mother for her homely looks, she grew up thinking of whimsical ways to beautify herself. Her astronomer uncle tried to allay her concerns about a cluster of moles on her cheek by noting their resemblance to the Big Dipper; years later, she recreated the constellation on the chairs in her salon, in embroideries, and on a cherished brooch. Schiap once took flower seeds and sowed them in her ears, mouth, and nose, in the hopes that she would blossom into a beauty. “To have a face covered with flowers like a heavenly garden would indeed be a wonderful thing!”

Some links for further reading.

Her Biography.    The Met Museum Collection.  

  A Vogue Biography          Collectors Weekly

Threads for Thought-Political Irony in Surrealist Fashion

And so, inspired by the great artist/designer that is Schiaparelli, I’m working on this series of Milos Mini-Bags.

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Milos Minibags

Milos Minibag SS16

Milos Mini Bags

Stitching leather raindrops onto the front main-body piece of the 

“Behind the moon, beyond the rain… somewhere over the rainbow” 

– leather mini bag inspired by the ballad originally sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz   Of the many cover versions,  Israel Kamakawiw’ole ‘s is unforgettable.

SS16 leather mini bag collection

Milos Minibag SS16


The “In Your Face” Nappa Leather Tote Bag

Stitching the eyelashes onto the mainbody

I’ve been wanting to do an “In Your Face Bag” for a while and decided this beautiful bronze nappa leather would make cool hair.  It was fun making the pattern and it’s amazing how much the expression can change just by rearranging the eyes.


Using “Cork Leather” for Vegan Bags

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I’m at last posting some details of my current project. I’ve wanted to make vegan bags for a long time but really didn’t like the idea of working with plastic…then I found “cork leather”.   Cork comes from the bark of an oak tree, the magnificent  Cork Oak or Quercus Suber.   and is probably better known as being made into wine bottle stoppers.  This cork-leather comes from sustainably managed cork forests in Portugal,  which is thinly sliced to become manageable like fabric.

 click HERE so see a short video of how the cork is harvested.

Click HERE to read about how the cork oak forests of the Mediterranean benefit the ecosystem.

I’m so pleased that I’ve found an eco-friendly alternative for those who don’t want accessories made of animal leather.   I’m not fond of plastic and have found this material to be a delight to work with.

  Here are a few enlightening articles about   Greenwashing  and   vegan leathers  (which I suspect are really plastic)  

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As usual, there is a narrative running through all the many sample pieces…but as I’m making bags out of a tree …. there has to be a story behind each one.

More soon


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