This is the story of an artist, who is seriously in love with her home country, Greece, its rich tradition & folklore and… its fishing boats! I was honestly amazed by this young girl’s deeds and positive outlook on life, who found herself disembarking the 2:00 AM sea-jet on Schoinoussa, wearing bright fuchsia pants and looking out of place, only to win the hearts and respect of the local community within a few months! Christianna Economou (@chrieco29) in collaboration with “Agoni Grammi Gonimi”, a platform that designs and implements educational and social programs in remote areas of Greece, is reviving & documenting local traditions and crafts in the Small Cyclades. Her creations, fishing boats named “Fearless Boats / Καράβια Που Δεν Φοβήθηκαν”, are becoming symbols of local customs re-invention and serve to remind us that we should always appreciate and reflect on a country’s history and past… and that the best journeys in life are made on “Fearless Boats”…
Invited by Sophie Ravier, the woman behind The Yoga Mama Club, I travelled to Sifnos to do a yoga weekend retreat for the closing of the summer season. I thought I was going there just to chill a bit from my continuous state of anxiety and get my muscles fired up again with the help of my bestie Zoe Karamani, who is an amazing Ashtanga teacher. But this was only part of the experience… The Yoga Mama Club is about rebooting and feeling inspired; it is really about Sophie Ravier’s energy & good intentions that aim to bring people together and offer a mini, rejuvenating, soul-soothing break.
Sisters Niki and Zoe Moskofoglou are the incredibly talented, contemporary marble designers and sculptors of on•entropy. I’ve known them for many years and I have witnessed their creativity develop and constanlty peak, leading them to represent Greece in the first ever London’s Design Biennale, themed “Utopia by Design”.
I’m so proud to write about K-Studio, an architecture firm based in Athens, Greece, not only because it was established by UCL graduates, Dimitris and Konstantinos Karampatakis, whom I have known since childhood, but more importantly because it has created some astonishing, well-known projects, both locally and internationally. To me, their work over the years is a testament that the Greek talent has no limits. And that creative experimentation and fresh thinking can lead to exciting architectural experiences on every scale and in all aspects of life.
This is what I know about Aliki… She is kind and well rounded; an explorer and a world traveller. She is a hard worker and a serious doer; a loyal friend with a perfect dosage of craziness and brilliant mind. So brilliant and educated in fact, that she captivates me whenever I hear her speak. I honestly forget that she is three years younger than me and I shut up and listen to what she has to say (Yes, that can happen too…!). This is also pretty obvious if you look at our pics, taken during a private tour she gave me at the Museum of Cycladic Art, where she is currently working.
Scrolling instagram one day, my jaw dropped when I came across this Amorgos summer house, designed by Athanasiadis Architects. Luckily, Alexandros Athanasiadis is a friend of mine, so I called him up and grilled him about this project.
This summer, August began with the Exhibition Launch Party of John Armleder in Mykonos, initiated and presented by Christos Economou, in collaboration with Nicolai Frahm. I loved the brazilian drum parade that signaled the opening and walked passed John Armleder’s work, giving it somehow a third dimension.
I have been a great admirer of Vicky Vlachonis, an Osteopath, pain expert and author of The Body Doesn’t Lie, for many years, ever since I read one of her first wellness contributing articles on Goop! She shares her holistic healing treatments and methods all around the world with some of the world’s most notable personalities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie, Katy Perry, Chris Martin and Elton John.
A few days ago, I had one of my most unforgettable nights…! I went to the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, an enchanting place like no other, that beams with energy and thousands of years of history. I was lucky enough to sit right in the first row (huge gasp!), so close to the stage and watch the best theater play I have seen so far!
Olga Migliaressi-Phoca is a greek contemporary visual artist, with a very international point of view. She is also my friend and, hands down, the coolest girl I know!
Katerina Kaloudi is an incredibly elegant woman, a very very talented photographer and a gracious spirit. My first encounter with her was when I was a teen and participated in one of her photography projects for the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.
I met Philippe Pastor while visiting his The Sky is watching the Earth exhibition, in St. Tropez, six years ago. An internationally acclaimed artist, whose work has been acknowledged through his participation in two Benniale of Venice,