Yes….London has everything ….. but it’s always nice to search for hidden treasure! Wandering around these places is so inspirational!
Have been busy working on new designs, combining more leather with my prints into bags and accessories. My flatbed industrial machine is great but it has limits, so far I’m not really happy with my results, especially as I want to add the sturdiness of thicker leather. So, I have decided I need a stronger machine for sewing leather and I want to raise my designs to a more professional level! To this end I have left Milos and am currently in Athens on my way to London for a prototyping seminar at Prescott and Mackay. I have been running around Athens gathering the necessary bits and pieces…..leather and handbag hardware.
All of this is because I am my own worst critic and somehow my eyes fall only fall on what I think are imperfections…….bet I’m not the only one!
Summer is a busy time here on Milos and I haven’t had time to post about the wonderful exhibition here on Milos in which I am taking part. It’s taking place at the Cultural and Social Association of Milos – Μορφωτικός και Κοινωνικός Σύλλογος Μήλου in Plaka, and is part of the Milos Festival 2013. English link here. Greek link here
The exhibition is a treasure trove of local color and craftsmanship, displaying everything from to paintings on wood to stone and wooden sculpture, to lights made from gourds, and of course wooden boats made in many different ways. I can’t post anything about individual artists or crafts-persons, as I don’t have their permission and that is always a tricky subject.
The president of the cultural association Angeliki Dagielli-Vitali (Αγγελική Δαγιέλλη-Βιτάλη) worked tirelessly to make sure everything was in order so she deserves a lot of thanks!
The exhibition is open from 7 – 11 every evening and is being looked after by this lovely lady, Ευτυχία Σταυροπούλου, whose work can also be seen in the exhibition.
Here is a piece from my exhibit which was inspired partly by our studio cat, and partly by a friend of my daughter. She is studying Play Therapy, which I consider amazing, and so I decided to make something fun and practical for parents and children who have to (or should) include play in their everyday life.
So this is a prototype of a screen printed series “Play” in which I aim is combine elements of “play” in everyday objects such as bags and clothes. Here the Love Cat is a hand puppet which can be removed from behind the front pocket.
The Greek quote on the bag is by the Greek philosopher
“Η ζωή πρέπει να παρθεί ως παιχνίδι”
and is translated as
“Life must be lived as play”
This is one of my most favourite quotes ever!
If you are visiting Milos a visit to Plaka and the exhibition is thoroughly recommended!!!
I will post more pics soon.
Have been quite busy in the studio and started the new year mixing colors. The weather has been quite bad and for a few days we even had what is called ‘απαγορευτικό” which means that boats are prohibited to travel and we are cut off from the mainland.
That’s the worst kind of weather for us on the islands, but because of it I have developed a new kind of admiration and love for shutters. Well…in particular the shutters on the windows of my house. I was trying to take photos outside without getting blown away or soaked to the skin and I jest you not at one point the rain was flying sideways ….ultimately some rain will always sneak in under a door …. but the trusty shutters stop the pelting rain from flooding the house altogether !
I gave up on the photos when huge forks of lightning starting flying sideways across the sea!!
Here is what I have been working on lately and must get finished as I have other projects to start. Inside the studio is warm and magic no matter what weather….no excuse for procrastination!!!
The bag is almost finished and I want to share. It was specially made for my daughter’s Urbanears Headphones.
Here the bag has been sewn and placed next to my lovely coffee mug so you can see the size
Some D-rings just need to be attached
The finished Psyche headphones bag
I’ve collected a lot of plastic containers that I am determined to upcycle into useful objects!
My first attempt is a cupcake bag made from a sturdy Greek yogurt container.
I haven’t posted for a while as I’ve been busy with upcycling ideas ….there has been a lot of of trial and error and it still isn’t perfect but I wanted to show what I have managed so far.
How it was done.
If anyone wants to know in more detail I’ll post instructions and more photographs.