Wearable Greek Art: Expressionist Paintings Become Silk Scarfs

Aikaterini Athanasiadou-Poutetsi's expressionist paintings provided the prints for these high quality silk scarfs made in Greece.


It all began with a daughter looking for a special gift for her mother. Given that her mother was an artist, what could be more beautiful or unique than her own artwork printed on a silk scarf?

The gift excited the recipient, Aikaterini Athanasiadou-Poutetsi, a painter known for her abstract, expressionist paintings and vibrant use of color. For journalist Christina Poutetsi – the daughter in this story – the gift marked the beginning of a new creative endeavor. If paint is the message and silk the canvas, can art become fashion?

The answer is certainly “yes” and the Art & Fashion Project proves it.

After much thought and countless trials, Christina has designed five square scarves (90×90) with the abstract works by her mother. Made with 100 percent silk twill with a handmade finish, the scarves were constructed by a silk artisan in the northern Greek region of Soufli, who propagates the silk-making traditions of the area while responding to the latest demands of digital technology.

“It all began in 2017. It was an experiment, an exercise in creativity during a year that was particularly difficult for me. I wanted this venture to be based and carried out in Greece, showcasing and supporting both local modern art and craftsmanship” explains Christina. “I wanted to strike a balance between a fashion accessory and a work of art. I hope I managed that.”

The scarves of her Art & Fashion Project series are available at selected outlets: I-D Concept Stores; the gift shop of the Benaki Museum on Kreizotou Street and the Belverdere Hotel in Mykonos.

This article was first published by ekathimerini.gr


Read More

Clothing

Six Greek Resort Wear Designers to Watch for 2019

While many designers change their output to match the seasons,...


GREEK DESIGNERS

The Feminine & Bold Jewelry of Christina Soubli

Known for creating jewelry with an ancient filigree technique, Soubli's...