December 29, 2009
Being down with the flu during the holidays I haven’t done anything noteworthy apart from wining and moaning all day long and eating paracetamol pills like candy. So here is a “before Christmas” outfit featuring my grandma’s watch! (mind you, the watch hasn’t clicked a minute since the seventies but somehow, it came to life after a winding! How weird is that?) Sooo how was your Christmas? Did you have a good time?
l/s and shoes: Asos, skirt: last year h&m, bling: grandma’s watch – random chains and pearls tights: accessorize
December 19, 2009
Last week I showed you the bracelets I made for Migma and promised you a more detailed post about them. So here is my Lia, answering the FAQ!
*Tell us a few things about you, what did you study, what do you listen to, where do you go for drinks?
Starting from the most important: drinks! I adore to have them all around Athens, downtown Corfu island and Berlin -but of course all places are welcome, I just mentioned my favorite cities 😉 I’m kind of a “digital kid”, I studied in Akto art & design college when the digital process of graphic design was still fresh. When I realized I could blend photography with vectors I had that ecstatic experience (you know!) Although i think I ‘ve always been some kind of a photography freak. Later on, I realized I couldn’t accept easily that photoshop was “the dark room” so I started studying for a year classic photography. In the real dark room, blending again but this time films, papers, water…playing with light and time, damaging my clothes with all these chemicals… the dream came true!
*How did you start making the bracelets?
It was just an idea we had with my partner and friend Stamatis one night at a terrace in the center of Athens. We were 4 people smoking n drinking and the idea just came. Stamatis had made a simple vinyl print on a bracelet with a yellow meander, then I said “if you can make this why don’t you try to print photo on leather?” I think creativity and the need for experimentation were in the air that period. The use of leather, photography, graphic design and some techniques from religious art were the starting point for our creation.
*What is your creative procedure? Do you enjoy the process as much as the idea?
I enjoy the process in anything I do. I’m one of those who think “travel” is the point and not only the “destination”! Speaking about creation I think the idea is totally completed only through the process.
*Have you thought of doing this as a full-time job? Do you think it will work?
Migma was always something else for us. We could make more money from bracelets, we had some suggestions to work for more commercial things but migma was from the start a way of our creative expression. We didn’t want this to change. We made a collaboration with a greek fashion company but only using our own artworks. We also keep our day jobs (I am in the field of fashion doing designs and film process for screen printing and “Cent Stamatis” is making religious paintings (αγιογραφίες) in his own workshop).
*Do you think people are starting to support indie designers? Do you see a difference in their attitude?
Yes I think people support indie designers. People who loved our work -especially 3 years that we were attending Synch festival with a kiosk- are the reason why we continue doing Migma bracelets. They all embraced us. And I also think there is support between us. As a creative team we like to support other designers like indie record labels or alternative creative ideas. We have made some designs for Plasteline records and the fashion designer Venetia Ioakim –these are “migma special edition” bracelets. Also at the next M.Market we’ll have along with us, two friends-Vasilis and Amalia-doing their own great jewelries.
*What do you think about the M.E.E.T market and the other fairs starting to pop out?
Meet Market is the “one and only” alternative market & non-profit organization in Athens. In other words it is the paradise of indie design and the main place for us to sale. We love to be a part of this colorful family! Speaking about new fairs we are very happy to present next weekend at the Meet Market the new migma special edition bracelets designed from THE1015LAB (that’s you my lady and I hope more good things will follow)! See u soon, take care 😉
December 16, 2009
Yes it’s his shirt and if he finds out he is not gonna be happy! 🙂 But the skirt is 100% 1015lab because apart from the sewing I also did the tie-dying! The result was not exactly what I expected.. it was better! I was going for a 90’s old t-shirt effect and what i got is a 00’s vampire blood spatters effect, win – win!
December 14, 2009
December 11, 2009
Christmas on the way and so are the bazaars and the holiday markets! This year there must be more than ever! Just a quickie to let you know that added to all the other events this weekend (bianca already mentioned some) there is also a handmade bazaar in High Fidelity with shoes and knits and many more! I am biased because my b. is djing there every thursday but believe me, this bar is really cute and cosy, so if you are out and about near exarheia, why don’t you pay a visit?
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December 10, 2009
My friend Lia and me were classmates when we were both studying in AKTO. While I changed path (well not 180 degrees, but still..) she remained a devoted graphic designer and a fierce party animal (he he sorry Li, I had to mention this!) Some years ago she and Stamatis formed migma, a creative team with main purpose to communicate graphics through handmade leather bracelets. New post with interview and more info coming soon! Now this one is about our tiny collaboration which resulted into these 2 bracelets made by yours truly! Yei! Thank you migma!
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December 7, 2009
Kings of Leon is one of my favorite bands, I also happen to like plaid shirts and leather. Could I combine those two? Sure thing because today I heard that they are collaborating with Surface 2 Air for a mini collection! Leather jackets, denim, accessories and of course plaid shirts are included. Problem is it will never reach Greece.
December 6, 2009
One finished, one not so finished! The knit should supposedly be ready by last April, but seems to me I will make the final knot no sooner than the next April..
December 5, 2009
Korean fabric designer, St Martins graduate she is creating the most intriguing fabrics I ‘ve ever seen! Looks like a soft and protective cocoon doesn’t it? With this misty weather, all I want to do is wrap myself around it and wait till it’s over! (May is not so far away..)