Have been quite busy in the studio and started the new year mixing colors. The weather has been quite bad and for a few days we even had what is called ‘απαγορευτικό” which means that boats are prohibited to travel and we are cut off from the mainland.
That’s the worst kind of weather for us on the islands, but because of it I have developed a new kind of admiration and love for shutters. Well…in particular the shutters on the windows of my house. I was trying to take photos outside without getting blown away or soaked to the skin and I jest you not at one point the rain was flying sideways ….ultimately some rain will always sneak in under a door …. but the trusty shutters stop the pelting rain from flooding the house altogether !
I gave up on the photos when huge forks of lightning starting flying sideways across the sea!!
Here is what I have been working on lately and must get finished as I have other projects to start. Inside the studio is warm and magic no matter what weather….no excuse for procrastination!!!
Καλή Χρονιά! Ευτυχισμένο το 2013!!! Ότι καλύτερο να σας φέρει και να έχετε πάντα υγεία και αγάπη.
Happy New Year!! Wishing you all the best for 2013 with health and happiness always!! XOXOXO
The Greek Holiday Season extends from Xmas eve to January 6th, the Day of Epiphany. If you want to know how Greeks celebrate Christmas, why they traditionally decorate a boat instead of a Christmas tree, and just what are these special holiday treats? Click here http://greece.greekreporter.com/
To learn more recipes giving the taste of Christmas and New Year click http://www.visitgreece.gr
The bag is almost finished and I want to share. It was specially made for my daughter’s Urbanears Headphones.
Here the bag has been sewn and placed next to my lovely coffee mug so you can see the size
Some D-rings just need to be attached
The finished Psyche headphones bag
I’m almost finished test prints for a series of butterfly prints called Ψυχή, or Psyche in English. Psyche was a Greek Goddess depicted in ancient mosaics with butterfly wings and often in the company of her husband Eros. The Greek word Ψυχή, or Psyche as it is known, is a word with a lot of weight. It means the human mind or soul or spirit.
According to Wikipedia “The basic meaning of the Greek word ψυχή (psūchê) was “life”. Derived meanings included “spirit”, “ghost”, and ultimately “self”, “conscious personality”
“In psychology, the psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious, and unconscious. Psychology is the scientific or objective study of the psyche. The word has a long history of use in psychology and philosophy, dating back to ancient times, and has been one of the fundamental concepts for understanding human nature from a scientific point of view. The English word soul is sometimes used synonymously, especially in older texts”
In Greek mythology, Ψυχή or Psyche was a young girl so beautiful that she caused Aphrodite’s wroth and envy. She sent her son Eros (cupid) , the god of love, to do his worst with one of his arrows to make her fall in love with the most base, worthless person as punishment. However, things didn’t work out the way she planned because Eros fell in love with Psyche and carried her away to his secret palace where he would visit her at night. He never revealed his true identity and asked Psyche never to look upon his face. Urged on by her sisters she took a quick peep at him one night while he was asleep ….. and betrayed him.
I won’t tell you the rest of the story because there are much better places than here to read it but this is just one of many Greek myths that make fascinating reading. A good place to start is THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY-EXPLORING MYTHOLOGY IN CLASSICAL LITERATURE AND ART I will add more good sites as I find them.
Ψυχή according to el.wiktionary.org can also mean – generosity, kindness, bravery and courage. All that meaning in a tiny little winged insect.
So, here is my screen print of Psyche as a butterfly…it’s long and narrow because it is for the sides and bottom of a circular bag for headphones.
Still testing color combinations
Screen printed butterfly using red and grey water based ink on un- bleached cotton.
This butterfly design was actually a request from my daughter who wanted a butterfly carry bag for her lovely mauve earphones by Urbanears
The bag will be shaped for the earphones when they are curled up and sleeping like this…
So that’s why the test prints are mauve. The silk screen inks are water based and eco-friendly, I wouldn’t use them otherwise.
Tomorrow I’ll do more colorways.