I think I freeze a moment of evolution and merge it with thoughts and emotions. Angelos Konstantakatos interviewed by Popeye loves Olive Art Space

Published: 08.10.2018
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Angelos Konstantakatos. Ring: Inspiration, 2018. Seaweed, posidonia oceanica, flax, resin, color, oxidised silver.. Photo by: Angelos Konstantakatos. Angelos Konstantakatos
Ring: Inspiration, 2018
Seaweed, posidonia oceanica, flax, resin, color, oxidised silver.
Photo by: Angelos Konstantakatos
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2018 will be the first year that Popeye loves Olive Art Space will represent 9 Greek artists at Joya Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair in Spain, in order to show the diversity of creativity in the city of Athens. This is the 2nd part of 9 interviews made by Popeye loves Olive Art Space.

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Was jewelry the first choice in your career? If not, from which field do you come from and what led you to jewelry?
I studied Architecture in Athens and worked for almost 25 years designing and constructing shops and houses. At the same time, having DIY as a hobby, I was mainly fixing everything needing repair and made small furniture. When I fixed everything around me, I understood that I had to start creating something, anything, just because… Crafting for me was an inner need… Due to my work and passion for tools, I was familiar with the techniques of many constructing professions.
A friend taught me how to make handmade knives. I started making knives, but when I needed a very special silver soldering that I couldn’t do, I went to a contemporary jewelry seminar to learn how to do it. There I found a new world I didn’t know I was searching for… Guided by random paths of fate, here I am!!

What is the thing that fascinates you in what we call art jewelry?
I always had –in my opinion- great and original ideas in architecture which I could not carry out because of external factors such as building law and the desires or artistic education of the owners of a project. What excites me about artistic jewelry is that I feel free to implement any idea I have in my mind - as crazy as it may be - or whatever feeling I have in my heart! All I have against me is me…
The challenge is to stay honest with myself and leave my footprint on my creations!

Which of your pieces made you feel that you’ve reached your greatest inspirational moment? What does it mean to you?
The jewel I think made me feel the most of my creativity is probably Differences ...
Conceptually, it was setting a new route as it depicted two faces of a man, two worlds, before and after, architecture and jewelry ... Two that join in one, but remain different ...
Constructively, it was an application of my own original technique by which I did something that was extremely difficult to do. The hardening of a volatile organic material, without changing its appearance and texture. Thus, I think I freeze a moment of evolution and merge it with thoughts and emotions, creating essentially a material memory.

Which of your collections will be represented by Popeye loves Olive Art Space in Joya Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects fair this October in Spain? Tell us a few words about it.
The collection presented at Joya Barcelona Art & Objects fair 2018 is called Inspirations ... As its name implies, it has to do with how can an idea be born. I wondered… When your mind is empty and feelings are like flowing, how do you create this spark that rips absolute darkness? And how can this flood you in a way that nothing fits anymore? Then your mind is filled with ideas! Small ideas, big ideas... Ideas evolving, ideas crystallized... Ideas that first characterize your work and then yourself!!
Lost in my thoughts, at that time, walking on the beach, I wiggled my legs to stretch and accidently I kicked a seaweed... A Posidonia Oceanica... That was an inspiration for me, and that is why I used seaweed as my basic material.