VOULA KARAMPATZAKI

VOULA KARAMPATZAKI

A journey through the history of ancient Greece

A journey through the history of ancient Greece

Voula Karampatzaki is a unique case in the field of artistic jewelry creation. Each one of her creations revives the ancient Greek civilization in a unique way. Having a broad range of background studies including silversmithing, painting and weaving, the talented artist invites us through her works, to a journey to the history of ancient Greece. The art of the prehistoric period, of classical antiquity, of the Byzantine period as well as the modern Greek period have all influenced her creative identity.
Minoan Inspiration

Minoan Inspiration

Born at the region of Ierapetra in Crete, she often draws her inspiration from the wealth of the Minoan heritage especially in the area of jewelry craftsmanship. The earrings that she designed inspired by the Minoan art were exhibited in 2016 at the National Archeological Museum as part of its 150 years anniversary, while her recent collection entitled ‘Krataia’ is devoted to the Goddesses, Nymphs, Princesses and Priestesses of Crete. She studies the ancient texts for hours. Homer’s hymn to the Goddess Aphrodite is for her a point of reference. When the Goddess of Love got blinded by the beauty of a man, she made the Graces anoint her with the immortal oil and she wore golden earrings and bracelets. “At the end, even a goddess has the need of jewelry”, she states.
‘Holy’ creations

‘Holy’ creations

Her elaborate creations have featured in theatre plays, international exhibitions, and art galleries. She has won numerous awards and has warm supporters. The artist decided to devote 2017 to the contemporary issue: Europe. Her creation ‘Renaissancing Europe’ was exhibited at the Jewelry Museum - Ilias Lalaounis within the framework of the exhibition ‘New Territories’ while her work ‘The Crown of Renaissancing Europe’ is now part of the Museum’s permanent collection. In parallel, the paper creation ‘Paper Dress and Mask’ with the Greek flags entitled ‘YPARXO’ (2017) now belongs to the permanent collection of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, while another one of her creations has been included in the permanent collection of the Heraklion Museum of Visual Arts. In 2017 she participated in the art exhibition ‘Dionysiaka’ which was organized for the first time at the archaeological site of the ancient theatre of Philippi, for the celebration of the 60 years since the launch of the Filippi Festival, with her work the ‘Sacred Circle’, while she also teaches ancient jewelry techniques at the Contemporary Jewels Institute ‘Krama’.
The ancient Greek invasion in contemporary design

The ancient Greek invasion in contemporary design

The artist explains the current ancient Greek ‘invasion’ in contemporary design, in an interview for the magazine ‘K’ of Kathimerini newspaper for the article entitled ‘The explosion of Grecian Chic’.

«This is not the first time that the ancient element inspires Greek and international artists. After the crisis we see this prominent trend, not only in fashion, but in art as a whole, even in gastronomy. Maybe this is another source of the power that we need so much.».

Voula Karampatzaki

Website: www.voulakarampatzaki.com/

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