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SOPHIA PAPAKOSTA
A trip to a Cycladic island, was the reason to find herself in front of threads, needles and gems searching for techniques that would make these materials take the shape and form of jewellery.
Born in a small village of Karpathos, Othos. She studied History and Archaeology at the UoA and nowadays lives and works as a philologist in Piraeus. Everything started from a mere coincidence ...
Born in a small village of Karpathos, Othos. She studied History and Archaeology at the UoA and nowadays lives and works as a philologist in Piraeus. Everything started from a mere coincidence without which she would still be designing ordinary and only for private use creations as she has a habit of wearing clothes and accessories made for herself, the way she wants. This coincidence, a trip to a Cycladic island, was the reason to find herself in front of threads, needles and gems searching for techniques that would make these materials take the shape and form of jewellery. This is how she created her first design, a handmade elegant necklace. Her designs mainly pop out of unconscious references to insular folk culture but are also influenced by other cultures. This might be the reason why her designs resemble ancient statues of Korai and Caryatids, women figures, or even appear to imitate Greek and Byzantine jewellery. Her inspiration originates from her homeland, Karpathos; colours, shapes, images, flavours, music and dance. Her strong bond with Karpathos is expressed through her designs and affects her decisions in life. It could also be the reason that she became a dancer at the Theatre of Dora Stratou. She has never attended any jewellery schools or seminars; her designs are solely driven by imagination and the love to develop her own techniques. Sofia’s creations can be found in the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Greek Folk Art and in selected stores and art galleries in Greece. In 2017 she participated in the exhibition “Beware of Greeks” in the European Parliament Building in Brussels and, also, in the “A Jewel Made in Greece” exhibition at the Museum of Art & Design (MAD) in NY. She has also participated at “A Jewel Made in Greece” exhibition (Zappeion Megaron, 2017) where she won the 1st prize for the Material Worlds category.
Her designs mainly pop out of unconscious references to insular folk culture but are also influenced by other cultures. This might be the reason why her designs resemble ancient statues of Korai and Caryatids, women figures, or even appear to imitate Greek and Byzantine jewellery.
Born in a small village of Karpathos, Othos. She studied History and Archaeology at the UoA and nowadays lives and works as a philologist in Piraeus. Everything started from a mere coincidence without which she would still be designing ordinary and only for private use creations as she has a habit of wearing clothes and accessories made for herself, the way she wants. This coincidence, a trip to a Cycladic island, was the reason to find herself in front of threads, needles and gems searching for techniques that would make these materials take the shape and form of jewellery. This is how she created her first design, a handmade elegant necklace. Her designs mainly pop out of unconscious references to insular folk culture but are also influenced by other cultures. This might be the reason why her designs resemble ancient statues of Korai and Caryatids, women figures, or even appear to imitate Greek and Byzantine jewellery. Her inspiration originates from her homeland, Karpathos; colours, shapes, images, flavours, music and dance. Her strong bond with Karpathos is expressed through her designs and affects her decisions in life. It could also be the reason that she became a dancer at the Theatre of Dora Stratou. She has never attended any jewellery schools or seminars; her designs are solely driven by imagination and the love to develop her own techniques. Sofia’s creations can be found in the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Greek Folk Art and in selected stores and art galleries in Greece. In 2017 she participated in the exhibition “Beware of Greeks” in the European Parliament Building in Brussels and, also, in the “A Jewel Made in Greece” exhibition at the Museum of Art & Design (MAD) in NY. She has also participated at “A Jewel Made in Greece” exhibition (Zappeion Megaron, 2017) where she won the 1st prize for the Material Worlds category.

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