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I am working with seaweed and sea-grass for the last two and a half years. As I come from a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, I was very excited to discover all these different species in the Pacific coast. Driven by my passion spending hours at the beaches and collecting them, having them in my studio and living with them – smelling and feeling the sea in my environment- became my link with my island.
One of my fascinations is knotting the thinnest seaweed/sea-grass and crocheting it, making nets. I am impressed with its vulnerability but also with its unexpected strength. During my time at your residency, I want to investigate and experiment combining this natural element with textiles, fabric and more “wearable” components. I want to spend time crocheting / weaving both yarn and fibers with seaweed strings. Some pertinent ideas up to now are to weave scarves, belts and other dressing accessories – combining different qualities while also adding found elements from the beach. Another direction that I wish to focus on is to combine seaweed with silver and make jewellery, specifically necklaces, bracelets and earrings. As I am inspired with its gracefulness, I am convinced that the combination of these fine lines will have very elegant results.
Until now, I have combined seaweed and sea-grass with found elements from the beaches of the West Coast and from the streets, with refuse, with wires and magnets. I have made interactive installations activating the wires transmitting radio signals and white noise. My approach has been concentrated into making “fine art”. With the ability to spend a month at your place, and with the monetary support, I would like to give myself the opportunity to delve deeper into new professional approaches making clothing accessories and jewellery, widening the audiences of my art, while being able to make it more sellable.