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The Greek Jewelry Artists at Joya 2017

Published: 09.10.2017
Marietta Kontogianni
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Further introduction of 9 Greek Jewellery artists, who had shown theirs work in the main showroom of JOYA 2017.

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The Greek contemporary jewelry scene is strongly represented each year in JOYA Barcelona by a bunch of prominent and emerging artists. This year nine female artists from Greece and Cyprus based in Athens or abroad participated in the main showroom of JOYA 2017 (5-8/10)- 4 among them for the very first time- showing works made of various materials: from metal, wood and porcelain to paper, leather, eggplant peel and corn leaf.

All works were one of a kind pieces of excellent craftsmanship and original design, revealing all artists creative impulse in the jewelry field and proving the unfailing Greek talent.
Let’s get to know them better.

Artist List: Aggelika Diplari, Ioli Livada, Liana Pattihis, Antria Prasinou, Stefania Sioufa, Agapi Smpokou, Niki Stylianou, Artemis Valsamaki and Yiota Vogli.

The New Comers:

Ioli Livada (Cyprus,1968)

Brooch from the Imaginary Flowers series. Corn leaf, patinated bronze, silver, threads and pigments.
Photo credit: Fanis Logothetis.

Ioli Livada was born in Cyprus but she lives and works in Athens, Greece. Between 1986 and 1991 she studied Painting at the School of Fine Arts in Athens with a 5-year scholarship. In 1991 she continued her studies in handmade and industrial jewelry and technology of materials at Harrow PCL- University of Westminster, London from where she graduated in 1992.
Since then her works, paintings, sculptures, jewelry and objects, have been shown in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Russia and Romania, but can also be found in museums, galleries and selected stores.
Statement: Imaginary flowers

Have you ever wondered whether you can find inspiration in absolutely anything? Whether you can go beyond the obvious identity of an object and allow it to transport you, via new routes and applications, to destinations so far unknown?
Inspired by a delicate flower, my work is based on the frail nature of things. I try working with materiality; using mostly natural materials such as aubergine peel and corn leaves and trying to explore their limitations without losing the feeling of a fragile piece. That’s how I create flowers which take shape in the landscapes of my dream world.
Can an aubergine be transformed into a piece of jewelry?

Antria Prasinou (Greece,1981)

Neckpiece, Extract of what comes from Burning the knowledge series. Rice paper, imprint ink, reed, silver, thread.
Photo credit: Alexis Kamitsos.

Antria Prasinou finished her studies in Graphic Design in Athens in 2001.
She attended courses of casting jewelry design with D.Nikolaidis and handmade jewelry design with Lila de Tsaves at the Benaki Museum. Her knowledge in the jewelry field was complemented by attending an extensive series of seminars in jewelry design with Olga Kandaraki (Anamma), in the art of macramé with Gert Kamami (Metallo), and the conceptual seminar Corporeo In Corporeo and Substance and Absence with Jorge Manilla.
Since 2009, she has been showing her work in many contemporary jewelry exhibitions in Athens and abroad such as Sieraad in Amsterdam (2009), Inhorghenta (2016), Athens Jewelry Week in both Melanithros art Space (2016) and the Benaki Museum (2017). Also, in 2012 she collaborated with the fashion designer Lila Nova in the context of the Athens Exclusive Designers Week.
Her work is represented in the Benaki Museum shop in Athens, but also in selected stores and galleries in Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, Germany and Italy.

Statement: Burning the Knowledge
This collection is based on a metaphor; that of the destruction of knowledge, that transports us through the memory of the past…to Now. In this journey to self-awareness, I bring myself before all that has been said, all that has exerted influence, all that has resulted in the creation of a personality with ephemeral thinking. This “unstable” balance is expressed through the fragility of the material. I use paper as a means to capture and then illustrate the shadows that attempt, through their action-movement, to outline the essence of true identity.

Stefania Sioufa (Greece, 1978)

Brooch, Thoughts from the Transformation series. Paper, silver, aluminium foil, broken mirrors, watercolours and mixed media.
Photo credit: Eirini Manousaki

Stefania Sioufa was born in Athens. She studied Jewelry Design and Making at Le Arti Orafe (Florence, Italy) she finished the Advanced Program at Krama Institute of Contemporary Jewelry (Athens, Greece) and she has a Bachelor Degree in Greek History and Culture (Greek Open University). She has attended workshops with Lucia Massei, Sachiko Chino, Yiannis Siotis, Anastasia Kandaraki, Dimitris Nikolaidis and Olga Kandaraki. She creates contemporary jewelry and her work has been exhibited at Athens Jewelry Week, Autor fair, Gemworld Munich Show, in Alliages Gallery, Galleria Alice Floriano, and Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
Statement: Transformation
"Transformation" means the inner change, the work I do with myself and my soul. It is the best version of me, coming from the "dialogue with myself". Through silence, meditation and observation of my thoughts come the understanding and my need for change and internal transformation. It means the transition from negative to positive status, my self-improvement, the change, of course, the opening of new roads.
Through my work, I express articulate ideas, transforming thoughts and emotions; shaping my soul into art and jewelry. This journey of inspiration and creation overwhelms me with the serenity of mind and helps me to improve myself, pursuing and discovering new paths. Experimenting with different colors and materials is part of a process for bringing life into a piece that holds a special meaning not only to me, as an artist, but also to the person who wears it.

Agapi Smpokou (Greece, 1987)

Necklace: Vanity- trapped I. Porcelain with paper.
Photo credit: Pavlos Kapoglou.

Agapi Smpokou was born in Heraklio Crete. She studied BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design, at Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, UK, where she lived for 6 years. After graduating, she wanted to expand her knowledge in the field of applied arts through work experience, seminars and workshops. In 2011, she returned to Greece and based in Athens, where she continued developing her skills by attending seminars such as “alternative materials for jewellery”, “Introduction to wax casting in metalsmithing”, and a variety of workshops in plexiglass, ceramic jewellery (clay/ porcelain), and visual merchandising as well. In 2013, she moved to Heraklio- Crete and founded her own gallery “As Gallery” and studio where she has been working up to now as a director, curator and jewellery designer/maker.
In the main time, she continues to expand her knowledge in jewellery and ceramics techniques by attending international artists’ seminars and workshops. So far she has been part of over 15 art jewellery group exhibitions.
Statement: Vanity
What is jewellery? Jewellery = diamonds
A customer/viewer/ wearer chooses a diamond according to its value. Diamonds have value because of their durability, clarity and strength. These qualities imply the human need to overcome the fear of death. It feels that the humankind will achieve immortality by wearing diamonds. When you wear it, on one hand, you feel that you become immortal, and on the other hand, you get trapped by the fear of losing it, thus losing the gained immortality.  The choice of diamonds immediately makes you vain. You feel deathless by owning and wearing them.
I question the durability and value of diamonds by working with them in porcelain and presenting them in a 3D and linear form in my work.

The Old School:

Agellika Diplari (Greece, 1960)

Neckpiece, Wood rhythms, from the Wood of Crystallizing Time series. Wood,argentium silver, silver, pigments and patina. 
Photo credit: Dimitris Evlampidis.

Aggelika Diplari was born in Sparti.
She completed her studies in Restoration in Athens, in 1982 
Since 1982 she had been working as a freelance art restorer and curator, restoring mainly museum artefacts of the Minoan and Cycladic era and organizing exhibitions for the restored artefacts.  
In 2012 she started working as a jewelry designer/maker. 
Up to now, she has been participating in many solo and group exhibitions in Athens and abroad.
Statement: Wood of Crystallizing Time 
I collect driftwood fallen on the ground. I place it on my table and l observe it's organic materiality and it’s unique diachronic and multifaceted narratives. 
Through my alterations and illustrations, I explore my need to continue their complex stories reinvent and awaken history.  
I attempt to simulate life covering its absence. I try to cancel the warps weight of time, trough crystallizing the wood's surface, thus time's flow, as it manifests on the object.
The need to converse time urges and inspires me to observe time's effect on the material itself, its color and its intricate, aged shape.
By reflecting upon the feeling of the present, I try to discover, imagine and portray the unknown effects on the experiences of tomorrow.

Niki Stylianou (Greece, 1968)

Necklace from the Mapping: traces made solid series. Copper, bronze, pigments and patinas.
Photo credit: Niki Stylianou.

Niki Stylianou 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 worked for many years 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.
Since 2004 Niki Stylianou works as an artist and jewelry designer/maker.
In 2015 she formed with A.Kandaraki and E.Kouloubi the Anticlastics Team. A non-profit entity that through the annual festival  Athens Jewelry Week, aims to present to the wider public the specifics, diversity and artistic dimension of Contemporary Jewelry field in Greece and abroad.
Niki Stylianou has participated in many solo and group exhibitions.

Statement: Mapping: traces made solid
Inside Out, Outside In, Upside Down, Piercing Trough, Collapsing into a Trace.
Fugitive, elusive ideas on growth, space, absence and memory which attempt to manifest themselves into physical objects.
Among the techniques used, some are repetitive, almost meditative. The energy of the maker is transferred through them to the object made. Cutting, staining, scorching, stitching, drilling, hammering-again and again, painting with fire.
Nevertheless, there are other techniques used that are not obvious. They are traditional jewelry techniques that work silently to bridge the space between elements and to make the substructure that will tie them together.
A work in progress could evolve for months; expanding, contracting, and even re-combining with cast-off parts of itself. The objective is to stay in the moment, responding to what unfolds.

Artemis Valsamaki (Greece, 1978)

Brooch, We come in peace, from the Myth Series IV, 2017. Copper, silver, glass, flock, acrylic colour
Photo credit: Alexis Kamitsos

Artemis Valsamaki was born in Athens where she obtained her studies and graduated initially as a graphic designer from Vakalo school of Art and Design in 1999. Later on, she pursued her studies as a Silversmith specialized in handmade and industrial jewellery at Mokume Silversmithing and Jewelry design school.
In 2005 she set up her studio in Athens. Ever since she has been active in the jewelry field and participate in exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
Statement: Myth Series IV
The field of jewellery is for me a medium to manifest my thoughts and concerns as well as express my feelings. I draw my inspiration from the human relationships, the dreams, the Greek mythology, the reality and the fantasy and whatever hides an emotional power.
Each time my intention is to create a visual, narrative story to be worn. In this series, each piece of jewelry narrates its own story.

Yiota Vogli (Greece, 1958)

Necklace, Shadow. Paper pulp, oxidized brass, alpaca, cotton.
Photo credit: Niki Stylianou

Yiota Vogli is a visual artist based in Athens, Greece (PhD & MFA Belgrade University of Fine Arts, Serbia /BFA Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece).  She has extensive experience as an Art teacher in Secondary Education and Specialized Metalsmithing and Jewelry design Public School.
She is the co-author of “Jewelry Design”, 2002 and “Jewelry & Object Design”, 2004 books, published by the Greek Ministry of Education. 
Her works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad such as Athens Jewelry Week 2017 /2016, Sofa Chicago 2016, Joya Barcelona 2017/2016/2015, Sieraad Art Fair 2014.
Statement: Shadow

Shadow is a psychological term for everything we can’t see in ourselves.
From our early age we adjust our behaviour to gratify our needs and learn to adapt to the external world. As we grow up we condition ourselves to keep all the unaccepted parts of us outside our conscious awareness, though, we drag them ‘behind us’ all the time in our subconscious.
This repression of unwanted parts creates what psychologist Carl Jung called the personal shadow. ‘There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection’ *
* Jung, C.G. (1968). Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 12, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press

The Awarded-Guest Artist, Member Of Joya Jury:

Liana Pattihis (Cyprus, 1961)

Brooch, Orange Bloom, 2017. From series: Chained Interpretations an ongoing study. Various Silver Chains, Enamel, Stainless Steel. 12 x 9.5 cm.
Photo Credit: Liana Pattihis

Liana Pattihis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus With a background in Interior Design, she has been creating works of contemporary jewellery for more than ten years.Pattihis has been living and practising in London UK since 1980 and graduated with a degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University, under the leadership of Caroline Broadhead, with First Class Honours in 2007. Enamel is a prominent and mastered technique employed within her artistic practice. Her innovative use beyond traditional applications has seen her works featured in international exhibitions and publications.
Awards: 1st award Joya Barcelona Jewellery Fair (2011), 1st award Gioielli in Fermento, Italy (2014), 1st award Gioielli in Fermento, Italy (2016), 1st award Joya Barcelona Jewellery Fair (2016)
Statement: “Chained Interpretations” ... An ongoing study
This latest collection is inspired by online sources and found images depicting flora and fauna specifically in wooded areas, which I find mysterious and intriguing. As with previous work from this series, images are chosen for their visual composition or specific geometrical aesthetic elements and are given a three dimensional “chained interpretation”, thus converting them into wearable pieces of jewellery.
Each enamel colour is fused and fired on the chain separately and the piece is constructed afterwards from the previously enamelled chain. Emphasis is given in the building-up and layering of the chains. This allows the piece to evolve, with the various types of chain and colours mixing and intertwining, poetically responding to the images as if they were 'still lifes', translating them into an impressionistic pixelated relief of textured three-dimensional layers.

About the author

Marietta Kontogianni is a Greek journalist based in Athens.
In April 2016 she founded JEWELRYbox Magazine on Facebook that aims to network with the people involved in the jewelry world. She has been working as a journalist for more than 20 years in newspapers, magazines and TV channels. Meanwhile, she had been creating fashion beaded jewelry herself. When the newspaper she was working for since 1995 bankrupted, she decided to found the bilingual (Greek-English) FB magazineJEWELRYbox to keep on working as a journalist and to express her passion for jewelry.
Up to now, she interviewed almost all of the prominent artists that showed their works in Athens and attended all the lectures given by the renowned artists/ gallerists, curators in Athens since 2016.
Moreover, her
JEWELRYbox Magazine was a media sponsor of both Greek jewelry platforms: A Jewel Made in Greece 2017 and Athens Jewelry Week 2017. Her future plan is to have a website built dedicated mainly to the Greek jewelry world.

e-mail: kontogiannimar(at)