Thursday, 29 July 2010

Α thrilling AIR at a Tower haunted with history!

Artist In Residence at a 1808 historical tower in SE Arcadia

6-16 Αugust 2010,Tsikaliotis Tower, Leonidio.
Workshops, exhibitions, art lectures by:

Angelika Jaekel, Cologne
Kallirroe Katsafana, Sparta
Euagelia Biza, Athens
Eugenia Papadopoulou, Athens
Lea Petrou, Athens

The exhibition is curated by participant Loukia Richards, Athens.

Six visual artists look for fresh inspiration in the treasures of the SE Pelopponesian tradition -- doric dialect, textile art, architecture, dance -- and the unique flora and fauna of the Parnon mountain.
The artists participate in the first Artist In Residence Program of the Municipality of Leonidio, an art project aiming at the promotion of the cultural and ecological heritage of the region.
The artists will work, hold Open Door Days, exhibit their work and give lectures on contemporary art at the Tsikaliotis Tower, an overwhelming 1808 defensive residence, in Leonidio.

For more information, you can visit the website or e-mail:

The event is sponsored by illy cafe
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Monday, 12 July 2010

Chilean crafts in the UK: Workshop Opportunity and Exhibition

Pop-up shop in Carnaby Street. Discover beautiful jewellery made with the micro technique of weaving with horsehair produced by Chilean designer-makers.

Monoco, Green disc ring

Rosalía Jorquera, green butterfly


ChileMakers is an organization that seeks to promote and commercialize contemporary and traditional Chilean crafts in markets that value fair trade, originality and sophistication in each design. ChileMakers was born in 2009 aiming to nurture and promote knowledge and commercial exchange between Chilean designer-makers and Europe, with a special focus in the UK.

19 – 31 July 2010 Open daily, 11am-7pm Pop-Up Shop at Carnaby Street.
Kingly Court, Carnaby, London, W1B 5PW

Designer-makers: Acllahuasi | DamaJuana | Daniela Gloger | Manuela Tromben | Monoco | Paula Leal | Rosalía Jorquera | Walka

ChileMakers are running some workshops in conjunction with the exhibition: Try your hand in our workshops and learn the basis of weaving with horsehair. Saturday 24 & 31 July, 11:00am-1:00pm, £10, all materials included. Book your place at (limited availability).

LATE TALK: Enjoy a fascinating conversation along with basketmaker Mary Butcher (artist in residence at V&A) about the origins of weaving with horsehair and how it relates to basketery. Thursday 22 July, 7-9pm. Book your place at (limited availability).

I am attending one of the workshops, am really looking forward to it.

Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent.

"The half-timbered house, built in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928, and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and the working Barn Theatre".

A beautiful house and garden. Inside you can view Ellen Terry's costumes, jewellery, personal objects, paintings and theatre designs. There are also some William Nicholson prints. For me it was great to see the jewellery objects, many worn on the stage with a larger than life presence. Also some Indian jewellery objects with metal and textiles. The location is beautiful and you can see why Terry decided she would live there as soon as she spied it.

By The Seaside...

Loukia Richards: Death Dolls - A Textile Study on Civil War‏

'Murdered civilian I, Red Cross Nurse Killed by a Sniper, Athens 1944', DOLL
Date: 2010
Width: 7.5 cm, lenght: 37.5 cm
Material: Cotton and acrylic threads, textile, wool, paint. Wood for the doll's bed.
Technique: Embroidery, sewing.

'Murdered civilian II, Girl with Red Beret, Athens 1944', DOLL
Date: 2010
Width: 10 cm, lenght: 27 cm
Material: Cotton and acrylic threads, textile, wool, paint. Wood, plastic and cotton for the doll's bed.
Technique: Embroidery, sewing.

"A few weeks ago I read the obituary of a Red Cross nurse who died long before I was born.She was murdered by a sniper during the communist uprising of December 1944 in Athens.The obituary praised her dedication, generosity, sacrifice.It was a solace to read that in times of inhumanity such qualities still persisted.

Following the street riots of December 2008 and the lynch justice of May 2009, horrible stories about the 'December Days of '44', stories told by our grandparents that were hard to believe, were reawaken as a deja vu in the Athenians' collective consciousness.

The series 'Murdered Civilians, Athens 1944' (2010) question the immortality of love versus ideologically motivated hate.Dolls were originally funereal objects, but also objects invested with love by those who carry them.Dolls are toys but also an effective means of socialization.

Depictions of the dead range from Cycladic figurines to the fin du siecle stylisized photographs; they testify that the phenomenon of death never stopped fascinating us"

Monday, 5 July 2010

Loukia Richards

'Venice Lion'. Joint necklace - textile, threads, silver (2008).
Inspired by a 17th century Greek Embroidery at the Textile Museum Collection in DC.