Friday, October 12, 2007

Playful Geometry

We sat down and chatted with designer Marina Gouromihou about her work, philosophies and the concept behind her creations.

Marina initially studied Interior Design in Greece. She was already involved in making jewelry and ceramics and continued her studies with an MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at the School of Jewellery, UCE, in Birmingham, UK.
After the completion of her course she returned to Greece where she established her company. She has participated in various exhibitions in Greece, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, England etc and has shown her work twice in Munich, Germany at the prestigious Innorgenta exibition.

Being a supporter of the Bauhaus movement and perception, the 3F’s (Form Follows Function), geometry and a mathematical but playful approach seem to govern her mind.
She has been involved with various projects, from Art jewellery (for exibition only) to whole collections based on specific materials (magnets, rubber, aluminium etc) even created pieces with political themes (by using petroleum in her pieces reffering to the black gold)

Whether she creates in silver or rubber she considers each material unique and precious in it’s own way and has done a lot of research as far as the painstaking techniques she utilises in her pieces.

Custom pieces are always welcome, as she enjoys creating one-off pieces never to be reproduced. In her words “…the process of original creation is what I love” and her aim is to be involved in original designs as much as possible. Collaborating with other designers is also of interest to her, as she has already created jewellery that function integrally with original paper clothing designed by Emma Mollet.

Her pieces are logical and minimal but always have a hidden meaning, an original or multifunctional use or an element of surprise in them.

When asked to mention a highlight in her career so far she said “the next project is what I am always most excited about!”, and her ideal client-customer is someone like-minded who can appreciate the unique sensibilities and serious playfulness of her work...

You can find Marina’s workshop at 30 Immitou str. Holargos, Athens.
Contact her at 210-6521476 or 6936-521476 and

Examples of her work can be found at :
Marianna Petridis Gallery, Kolonaki
Ygrey, Peiraius
Rodamos, Psihiko
Art Shop Benaki Museum, Peiraios str.
Bye me, Korinthos
Dia puros Margoni, thessaloniki
Laas, Holargos
Dimitra Boulgarh, Mukonos

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