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ONE ARTIST A WEEK at Oedipus Hill! Sept 2017 – Sept 2018

FaveLAB, a laboratory for contemporary art in Athens, hosts a series of related activities (shows, lectures, workshops, artist dinners etc.) to promote the concept of living, working, sharing, networking and reshaping urban development and creative synergies for established and emerging artists.

 

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For the period September 2017 – September 2018, we offer great living and working space in down town Athens with Acropolis view/ curated artist residencies, insight in modern Greek history, society and politics/ networking, organizing of a show/event/presentation/ creative synergies with major Greek and foreign institutions/ Press and PR services.

Prices start at 140,00 euro/week. Residencies vary from 1 week to 3 months. FaveLAB is located in Kolonos, one of the most ancient neighborhoods of Athens, home of Plato’s Academy and mythical location of Sophocles’ “Oedipus in Kolonos”.

For more information, please contact: loukiarichards@gmx.de

Artists who wish to candidate for a grant are also welcome to apply.

Maria Zilakou Designs + TreLiz: “Crafters, the harder you work, the luckier you get!”

Maria Zilakou Designs and her natural dyed fibers partner Lise Condis, alias TreLiz, were Supporters of our show project “Myths 2016” at Sieraad Amsterdam. It is not the first time the creative duo supports a Myths project, but this time visitors could take with them the beautiful post card we designed after their concept.

Thank You, Maria and Lise for your great support to Myths!

Maria Zilakou, a philologist and a former owner of a Foreign Language School in her native city Piraeus, gave Myths the following interview. The experienced crafter had to learn how to confront the sometimes tough reality of producing standard goods and innovative concepts for the very demanding international market. But she made it! Also her partner Lise of TreLiz has a success story to tell: She works as an independent producer of unique fiber collections she creates for international wholesale customers and global retail. Lise states: Color is my power! No more words are needed to describe the heavenly explosions of joy when you see her fibers!

Maria and Lise are role models for the crafters’ scene, for they followed their dream of turning their hobby into a creative business. They offer their clientele the high standards of fibers, colors and pattern sophistication that they were looking for before they decided that if they cannot find them, they have to make them!

Read the “juicy” interview on knitting, tradition, business plan and “marketing experts”. The latter should take, so Maria, a crash course in crafts in order to understand that this is a whole new world for them to explore before they exploit it”.

 

1.What does knitting mean to you?

When I first took up knitting at the age of 12, it was in order to create original scarves, hats and other knits that only I would wear; they were unique in the sense that I got to choose the color, the yarn and the style; they didn’t come from a big store, nor were they massively produced. This was very important to the teenager that I was, in the sense that it was a kind of ID and yes, it still is just as important. What is extraordinary about knitting is that it’s a craft deeply-rooted in tradition (knit and purl have remained the fundamentals of the knitting process for hundreds of years) which offers countless opportunities to create original patterns – I find this very intriguing. As my knitting experience is growing through the years and I get to practice more intricate techniques and create freeform patterns, (I’ll use the cliché and say that) it’s my way to express thoughts and emotions that other creators can relate to; in other words, it’s a way to reach out to them. It’s also a way to wind down in times of stress. Finally, it’s a way for me to “belong” somewhere: there are millions of knitters around the world, so that makes me part of a huge community!!!

2. Where do you get your inspiration from?

That depends. There are times I just feel the urge to find use for some wonderful skein of yarn (I buy yarn compulsively, as most knitters do, so I am overwhelmingly attracted by the color and quality of the fiber). More often it’s the other way round: I choose the yarn in order to create a motif, usually inspired by the Greek traditional patterns used in embroidery and weaving. The knitting tradition in Greece doesn’t stand out as much as, say, crochet does, but socks, leg and hand warmers were the knitted parts of many a traditional Greek costume. However, there are so many amazing embroidery motifs waiting to find a new life through knitting! That’s what intrigues me: turning color work motifs into lace and openwork, which is my way to revisit tradition.

3. What makes TreLiz yarns stand out?

It is immensely important for me to work with the best yarn I can have. TreLiz, besides offering a wide range of fiber qualities to choose from -100% merino wool, cashmere, baby camel, silk blends, to name but a few- has a very distinctive approach to color, which “speaks” to my heart. It is vibrant, original, full of life – in short it is unique!

4. What would you say to someone new to knitting?

First, I would welcome them to this wonderful, creative journey. I would urge them to feel free to knit as many “awkward” scarves as they want before they go up a level or even “dive” into deep waters as soon as they feel like doing that. I do not believe in the “knitting police” who look out for mistakes and flaws in the work of others. I believe in three maxims: the joy you get from creating something out of a string of yarn, the knowledge that comes through learning from your mistakes and, last, but by no means the least, the emotions, ultimately your personality, that you put in this piece of knit. Of course, I would also urge them to go further and take classes and participate in workshops! Improvisation gives so much better results when it is based on knowledge…

5. What do you think about the Crafts market?

It seems that market strategists have developed a new-found love for crafts these days… and crafters (at least many of them) think they will get rich if they quit their day job and turn their hobby into a job. I think these marketing experts should take a crash course in crafts in order to understand that this is a whole new world for them to explore before they exploit it. Crafters should also take a look around them and remember that nothing worth having comes easily and this applies particularly to crafts. You must be willing to study a lot, make a business plan and stick to it, create an authentic brand with a consistent presence and, certainly put long hours of hard work into creating a finished item that reflects your personality. It is self-evident that you cannot get rich overnight – you should be happy if you are easily recognizable after the first 3 years. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to discourage anybody from taking a step into the crafts market; if you feel strongly about it, go ahead and take the plunge. But do not quit the day job that pays your bills until you have a really well-established business! And always remember: the harder you work, the luckier you get!

LINKS:

http://treliz.eu/

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/maria-zilakou

http://www.myths2016.tk

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Color is Power!Fiber is my Weapon!

EN/GR Greek-Swiss TréLiz (alias Lise Condis) is a pioneer of fiber hand dyeing and high quality organic crafting.

Her rebellious tweets make my day! FoLLoW her @TreLizz!

And visit her website: http://treliz.eu/

if you are ready to revise your prejudice against “the nice-but-boring-to death-hobby” of knitting, felting, crocheting.

Lise is an example of how fibers can turn your life into a Truth or Dare challenge!

Trelizz was a SUPPORTER of Myths 2015 at Sieraad Amsterdam. We thank her for her contribution in the success of our project!

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Δημοσιεύουμε τη συνέντευξη της  TréLiz – κατά τον κόσμο Lise Condis – που ως SUPPORTER των Μύθων στη Σιεράαντ του Αμστερνταμ, όχι μόνο πίστεψε στην επιτυχία μας, αλλά συνέβαλε με τον οβολό της καθοριστικά σε αυτή. Την ευχαριστούμε θερμώς!

Πιστεύουμε δε ότι η συνέντευξη της θα είναι χρήσιμη σε όλους τους νέους και λιγότερους νέους αναγνώστες που έχουν βαρεθεί την απραξία και το αναμάσημα της φαταλιστικής μιζέριας και θέλουν να πάρουν την ζωή στα χέρια τους, πράττοντας.

Ακολουθήστε το παράδειγμα της Λίζ: Βρείτε τι αγαπάτε που δεν υπάρχει στην αγορά και βάλτε το πάθος σας εκει, για να κάνετε με τη δουλειά σας ευτυχισμένους και πιο πλούσιους τους εαυτούς σας και τους πελάτες σας.

Οσοι γνωρίζουν όσα διδάσκουμε τα εργαστήρια και τις ομάδες μας για την τεράστια σημασία των υλικών στις δουλειές που θέλουμε να παρουσιάσουμε σε πελάτες του εξωτερικού, δεν θα εκπλαγούν. Για τους υπόλοιπους που αγνοούν τόσο τη σχετική συζήτηση όσο και τις τεράστιες εμπορικές δυνατότητες των διαφορετικών καταναλωτικών/ποιοτικών προτιμήσεων των ξένων πελατών, ευχόμαστε η συνέντευξη της Λίζ Κόντις να τους δώσει τοSnapShot 2016-01-04 um 15.37.08 έναυσμα να ενημερωθούν.

Ιδού οι ερωτήσεις μας και τι μας απάντησε η Λιζ:

– Πώς σου ήρθε η ιδέα να ασχοληθείς με τις ίνες, τα μαλλιά και τα κουβάρια;

Είμαι ανθρωπος που έχει πολύ ενεργεια και ήθελα να βρω κατι να με απασχολεί τον χειμώνα όταν βρίσκομαι στο σπίτι… Ετσι άρχισα να πλέκω! Συνήθως αγόραζα νήματα απο το εξωτερικό, γιατί στην Ελλάδα δεν έβρισκα πολλά νήματα που να μου αρέσουν – ειτε ποιοτικά είτε χρωματικά. Δεν ήθελα καθόλου ακρυλικό, και επειδη βαριέμαι πολύ εύκολα μου αρέσει το νήμα να έχει χρωματικές εναλλαγές. Μια μέρα διαβασα ενα αρθρο στο διαδικτυο που αναφεροταν στην επεξεργασια του νήματος και πιο συγκεκριμένα στη βαφή του.
Παντα ζωγραφιζα, φλερταρα με την Καλών Τεχνών, αλλά είχα αποφασίσει πως η ζωγραφική θα ήταν ένα χόμπυ… Αλλά το να βάψω νημα και να πειραματιστώ  ήταν μία πρόκληση που δεν μπορούσα να αρνηθω.

– Τι πλεονεκτήματα έχει για τον κατασκευαστή μία τόσο μεγάλη εξειδίκευση όσο η δική σου;

Το πλέξιμο είναι πολύ περισσότερο απ’ό,τι μια χειροτεχνία, είναι πολιτισμική κληρονομιά.  Το πιο σημαντικό ειναι η ποιότητα του νήματος: να ειναι μαλακό, ζεστό, ευχάριστο να το δουλέψεις, αλλά και να το φορέσεις. Πολλες φορες βλέπω πλεκτά, που εχουν δημιουργηθει με κόπο και μεράκι και όταν τα ακουμπας είναι σαν να χαιδευεις κάκτο… Είτε είναι κουβερτα, είτε είναι ζακέτα, είτε είναι φελτ κολιέ, αν η ποιότητα δεν είναι καλή τότε δεν θα φορεθεί, δεν θα εκτιμhθεί.  Δευτερον, το χρώμα είναι μαγεία για εμενα. Οταν το νήμα ειναι βαμμένο στο χέρι , το καθε κουβάρι ειναι μοναδικό και ας ειναι ο ιδιος χρωματισμός. Σε συνδυασμό με την εξαίσια ποιότητα των νημάτων, το αποτελεσμα του πλεκτου ειναι ιδιαίτερο,με χαρακτήρα, μοναδικό… Ζωντανό!

– Εχεις περισσότερους πελάτες στην Ελλάδα ή στο εξωτερικό; Τί σου λένε για την ποιότητα των νηματων σου;

Εχω λιγότερους πελάτες στην Ελλάδα, αν και τελευταία αυτό σιγά-σιγά αλλάζει όσο με γνωρίζει περισσότερος κόσμος.
Στο εξωτερικό τα νήματα που ειναι βαμμένα στο χέρι είναι περιζήτητα, τα προτιμάνε για την ποιότητα τους, και  κάνουν περισσότερες συναλλαγές μέσω διαδικτύου οπότε δεν είναι κάτι καινούργιο για αυτούς. Με μαγεύει όταν βλέπω τα νήματα μου να ταξιδεύουν στις 4 άκρες του κόσμου. Μεγαλύτερη ικανοποίηση είναι τα θετικα σχόλια και οι φωτογραφιες που μου στελνουν με τις δημιουργίες τους.

– Πώς βλέπεις να εξελίσσεται η δουλειά σου στο μέλλον;

Με βλέπω να ταξιδευω ανά τον κόσμο με τα νήματα μου, να πειραματίζομαι με καινούργιες τεχνικες- πολύ χρώμα και νήμα.