November 26, 2009
This summer when I needed a very special handmade necklace my friend Superkaterina was there to make it true! Thanks Bianca for introducing me to this girl, who is not only a very talented designer but also a rrrrriot! Funny, modest, resourceful with an impressive bio I ‘m telling you: she attended Trash Art and Recycle Art, she collaborated with ΔΕΣΤΕ, with Manifactura and the list goes on! Recently Benaki Museum (Peiraios 138) added to the shop her line called “animals against humanity”! Sooo here is her interview (point of view!)
*Tell us a few words about your background!
My background? Arsakeio (έλεος) Vakalo and photography in Staurakou. No flashy studies abroad!.. Sounds boring? Cultural background, punk rock, metal, disco, 80’s, the basics!!
*How did you start making jewelry?
Summer of 99 I faced these amazing plastic insects with transparent wings!! I tied them in fishing line, added the closure, two beads and a plastic jasmin flower! Then I got more beads, more stuff, more parts, then I stopped stringing beads on the fishing line! Κοσμήματα κάνω όχι κομπολόγια!!!
*Where do you draw your inspiration?
Ideas come from the materials, and I have a lot of them! I also use my imagination A LOT!! I squeeze my mind, I push it!! You can charge me with abuse and violence but thievery? Never!! I draw my inspiration as many serious creators from nature and art! And of course pop culture. As far as my influences are concerned there is a list of them in Battered Couture!
*Is it difficult for someone who lives in Athens (and e.g. not London or New York) to find the raw materials in order to make something unique?
I don’t know the deal with the supplies there, but there must be huge vintage stock! Here in Athens you can find stuff, hidden stores but if I was living away from the city? Let’s just not go there!
*The difficulties you came across as an independent designer?
I work full time since 2000. difficulties? Taxes, insurance, bills, the rent, crazy wholesale customers, copy paste without any shame, back aches and tackyness to a great extent!! Also another difficulty of being a designer in Greece while listening to punk rock and metal is tha you cannot easily promote yourself! (άντε μετά να κάνεις pr με μισή καρδιά στις φάσεις ψαγμενίλα που πάνε όλα τα εναλλακιτκά ατομάκια..)
*What do you think about the greeks? Do you think they support indie designers? Do they buy handmade things?
The greeks generaly don’t have a clue, they drink their frappe and listen to καψουροτράγουδα. Those of them who understand the scene, they do their best but money is limited and the supply of indie jewelry is large! As far as the ladies are concerned, we have a long road ahead of us! Self – restraint, barriers, cliché! Dare girls!!! Fun is sexy!! Boys like playful jewelry with humour!! Don’t freak out with the years that pass by!! You grow up or you die!! Life doesn’t when you ‘re 30!! And all in good measure!!
*One of your favorite songs or bands?
Favorite bands the inseparable 3: Ramones, Bad Religion and Iron Maiden! But I have to add that I listen to new things as well!!)
You can find Katerina at her studio – shop: Trivonianou 42-44 Mets, call for an appointment: 2109227446 – 6932789208
November 24, 2009
A year ago I didn’t even know he existed, some runway miles later he is the N.B.T. Although I like his attitude, I expected a little bit more from the son of Nick – God- Cave! Nevertheless he is hot hot hot (if you like androgynous look – which i like – i could also marry Molko – but this doesn’t mean I still like Placebo – I used to, though – in highschool)
November 19, 2009
Which reminds me: tomorrow night, girls who wanna have fun should come! Our monthly yes it does! sure it does party will be at the x metal bar Skull with girls taking over the decks! There will be free entrance for all the ladies and also some goodies. For info check the facebook and myspace page. See you there!
November 19, 2009
What’s going on with these bunny ears? Are they a trend? Actually wearable in the streets? Why do I keep seeing them all over the web? Until now it was mostly a catwalk thing but many editorials feature them as well! Then it was the lookbook and then the monoxious blog posted a d.i.y bunny ears project, not to mention the Topshop’s version.. I think they are kinda funny and cute! Maybe I will make them my next craft project and wear them at the Y.I.D.S.I.D christmas edition!
November 13, 2009
Sorry goths in hot weather, you still crack me up every now and then, but this is just hillarious! Many of us love etsy, and we have a reason! Handcrafted jewelry, vintage picked with care and love, very good quality clothing, again made with care and love.. But sometimes to find all these you have to dig deep under piles of ..
ok just click
November 12, 2009
Not much to say here! Last week I had one of these Inditex moments where I bought this plaid shirt dress along with the black leggings. Needless to say this thing has become something like a uniform, just like the lace up boots! Dear 90’s, the only thing missing is to cut my hair short and start listening to Ugly Kid Joe (ok this is not gonna happen anytime soon)
shirt and leggings: zara, belt: gift (another 90’s relic), shoes: spiliopoulos
November 10, 2009
The film called “A Single Man” already premiered at the Venice Film Festival and the reviews were actually good. To tell you the truth I am suspicious of those who use their name to experiment in other fields, like say Madonna – acting – oh no dear, but some times the results can be good like say Juliette Lewis – singing – not that bad at all! So I hope the Tom Ford case is one of the succesful ones and his movie is as stylish as his clothes!
November 9, 2009
Big shoulders are all the rage this season, along with a late 80’s early 90’s feel in everything, from hairstyles to make up! Couldn’t like this trend more since I’m a big 80’s sucker but now, I’m dying over (rachel zoe style) these Big Medieval Kinda Scary shoulders. The leather ones, made by Zana from Garbage Dress are actually a harness with leather straps and all! Attached to a dress or worn separately they spice up a simple outfit for sure!
November 7, 2009
Anna from “Lila Ruby King” and her lovely birds! So here is what she told me about helself:
*Tell us a few words about your background, where did you grow up, how long have you been here, what do you like about Athens ?
I’m originally from Perth , Australia , and I’ve been living here in Athens for three years now. Athens is a crazy place to live, sometimes I love it and sometimes it drives me mad, which I think is the case for everyone who lives here. I love how close everything is, and that I don’t need to own a car, I can get where I need to go on public transport, and in the city centre on foot. I love how big the city centre is, and it is full of hidden shops and cafes that you find one day and can never find again. There is some piece of history almost on every corner, right next to 4 lane street or pharmacy or a kiosk. It’s like the city itself is organic and growing on top of itself, and has been for a thousand years and will be for another thousand. This is a novel thing for someone from such a new place as Australia , where buildings that are 150 years old are considered heritage.
*When did you start making jewelry?
At university I studied art, majoring in print media. I had always thought of making jewellery as something I would like to learn, and when I finished at university, I started a new course in jewellery design.
*Where do you draw your inspiration?
I grew up surrounded by animals and gardens and this is one of the things I notice most that is missing from my life right here in the centre of the city. My work now is all about filling my world up again with birds and plants and all things that grow.
*What is your creative procedure? Do you enjoy the idea as much as the realisation?
I think sometimes I produce more ideas than I do work. When you are making things, you have to apply reality to them. Is a certain idea even possible to make? You have to think about what they cost to produce, and will people buy them. Ideas and drawings and sketches and designs are free, it is not important if they function or if other people like them. At the same there is nothing like finishing a piece, and the result being just as you had imagined or better.
*Is it a full time job for you? If yes what are the diffuculties you came across and you still deal with?
This is what I do full time. The main difficulty I had when I moved here to Greece , was restarting my business. The government here makes it extremely hard for small business people, which is really sad. I’m not sure how people who are just starting out can afford the costs and the hassles. To this day I still find myself wanting to tear my hair out over certain forms and booklets and that sort of thing!
*What do you think about M.E.E.T. Market and the buyers in general? Do you think people support indie and diy?
I think the Meet Market is a great event. It is not at all like any art market I’ve ever been to, it is as much a social event as an art/craft market. It is great that so many people are interested in indie and handmade that they come along to shop. I think there is far too much mass produced goods out there in the marketplace, it means that we are starting to lose variety and choice. I don’t think enough people see that this is happening or think of it as a problem. I do think that awareness is starting to increase though, maybe with the recent economic crisis, people are starting to be wary of giant corporations whose business activities are hidden from public view, and now we are starting to appreciate small, independent businesses which are transparent, where you can deal with the owner, the designer, the manager, the financer, who are more often than not the same person! It is great that there is a venue such as the Meet Market, that gives small business people and artists an opportunity to get started and get their work seen.
You can find her 2d work, prints and some pins and earrings at: annarubyking.etsy.com
and her jewelry at: lilarubyking.etsy.com
November 5, 2009
Did you know that Sonia Rykiel has designed a lingerie line for H&M? I didn’t. I ‘m reading it will be launched in 1500 stores worldwide on December 5!
a) That’s cool because H&M lingerie are plain boring.
b) While I don’t particularly looove Sonia Rykiel from the first pictures I saw these oldtimer bras are not bad, although a bit dull aren’t they?
c) Get ready for some big queues (definitely smaller than the Jimmy Choo ones)
The press release announces a second line featuring the signature striped knits but seems they will only be for kids! So the first pictures that leaked (thank you internet) give us a hint of the collection: