In Porpe Artifacts,  a small business based in Sammamish, Washington, we design and make unique jewelry and artifacts for women and men who want to be unconventional, artistic, and passionate in an elegant way. Would you like artifacts to jewel yourself and look stunning everyday? Would you like pieces that make you feel special when you wear them – objects that reflect your original personality and your view of life?

This is exactly our passion, to design and make for you elegant artifacts of distinctive beauty, a kind of charm or symbol that will help you connect to your inner positive self, and tackle your every day with a smile! We strongly believe that jewelry is more than an accessory and we are creative restless minds when it comes to design, use of materials and combination of styles.

Vicky Zomenou for Porpe Artifacts

Meet the women behind Porpe Artifacts 

…is the founder of Porpe Artifacts.  She was born in Athens, Greece. In 1991 she moved to Brighton, UK to study Computer Science as she found the process of programming creative. After 4 years she returned to Greece where she worked in the corporate world for almost 20 years.  However, she always had an interest in arts, history, painting, sculpture and photography. In 2002 Vicky decided to explore her creativity and joined the painting classes of the local art center in Athens where she learned freehand drawing with pencils, charcoal and acrylic colors.  In her 4th year of painting she got interested in ancient Greek jewelry so she took  art jewelry making classes, to learn the techniques and the inspiration of the designs of her ancestors. She studied for  9 years until she moved with her family to the Pacific Northwest in 2015.

In 2014, Vicky decided to make a career change and dedicate her time to the two things she loves most: her family and art jewelry, she calls herself a corporate refugee. According to Vicky: “Everything starts from an image or an idea and then a dialogue begins, between the mind, the heart, the hands, the tools, the material, and the techniques. When the creative process is initiated slowing down and observing at each stage is critical. Usually, I combine different materials: brass, silver and gold with wood, cords, threads, silk, enamels, semiprecious stones, colors, and different metalsmith techniques.”

When she doesn’t seat on her bench designing or making jewels she is having fun with her beautiful family or hikes around the beautiful area of Sammamish & Issaquah. She really loves books on self improvement, meditation, art therapy, anything that lights the way to a better self!

 

19244290_639027752975204_750224743_nMina…

…is Vicky’s best friend and associate. Their love for art brought them together. They met during art jewelry classes in the local art center.  Mina was working as a graphic designer but she always had a love for art jewelry design-making and photography. She comes from a family of traditional metalsmith makers but tradition wasn’t enough to persuade her to follow the same path. It took her some years before she decided to do that.

For more than 12 years,  she was working and running her  own graphic design business while she was taking  art jewelry classes.

In Mina’s words: “I challenge myself in creating different versions of the same theme. When I  design I don’t prefer the perfect, flawless presentation of the object but the imperfection and the freedom of form.  I combine different materials: silver, gold, brass, silk, enamels, stones, wood, leather, cotton… “

 

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““Porpe” is the Greek word for buckle and has a long history through the centuries. Read more on the story of the wordporpe“, click here