Life has a movement and a rhythm. Never stop moving. Keep on track, and continue doing the things you do with or around your art. Even when you are not in a creative period of your life, do things that will keep your mind and hands trained and fed. Go to museums, see a movie, read a book, have a nice conversation with a friend, pause on your thoughts and your surroundings. Dance!
Trust yourself, your capacities and your knowledge. Be patient because things need time. Be persistent and faithful to your art. Do not give up easily, otherwise you will never complete anything.
If you really want something but it doesn’t exist yet, just create it by yourself. Take the risk and develop something from zero. Nobody is an expert in everything so if you need help try to find the right people to help you, learn from them, collaborate with them. You can make happen any idea that passes through your mind. Do not forget that we are creators and communicators.
Dreaming is about respecting your curiosity and your ideas. Honesty is about following your instinct. Being curious is about learning and discovering new things and possibilities. Without dreaming and without being curious it is difficult to go ahead. Art is like our bodies that never lie, so don’t forget to be honest with yourself and with your art.
In 2011, when I opened Anamma studio, I hadn’t realized the sacrifices that I had to do for my art. The studio is like a baby that needs all of my attention. The result was that for some years I didn’t have the time and the energy to create my jewellery. Now that the baby is already a child of 5 years old, I have realized that during its childhood I learned immensely through teaching, organizing workshops and curating student exhibitions. Learning never stops and goes in multiple directions. All of this brought me closer to my art. Only now I understand better my way of doing things, and what is surprising is that after this some things are coming out more naturally.
When I graduated from Alchimia in 2010, I moved to my home city, Athens. I was feeling alone and lost. The only thing that I was thinking about was how to share my art that I was so in love with. There are a lot of ways to do that. For me, the dream started to take form in 2011. I created a studio, Anamma, where people could basically come and follow classes about contemporary jewellery. This came out of my need to share and exchange my precious knowledge and experience in jewellery. But Anamma is not only about that. Students can develop individual and collective projects, present their work in annual exhibitions, visit together important exhibitions and discover the work of other artists…this list is fortunately long and always open to changes. That is what Anamma is all about.
Since 2011, I create, teach, invite artists from around the world, participate in exhibitions and curate exhibitions. In July of 2016, together with Greek jewellery artists Erato Kouloumpi, Ioanna Natsikou & Niki Stylianou, we formed the Anclastics group. With it we organized the first Athens Jewelry Week in order to inform and sensibilize the public on issues related to contemporary jewellery. And the story goes on…
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