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Dazzling Holidays…

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, is our favorite season! A celebration of love & rebirth, a time where we promise ourselves what we will change for next year.  An opportunity to wear our best outfit, our one of a kind jewel and our smile and look beautiful inside and out!   What is the best outfit and one of a kind jewel ? Well, it is the one that makes you feel comfortable, unique, beautiful….

Porpe’s only advise is to always select your personal things with care, buy less of better quality and make sure that what you buy fit your unique style!

If you are looking for jewelry, you will be able to find Porpe’s collection in

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620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033

December 6

 

 

Art East Gallery  the vault

-> THE VAULT, you can find some of our designs, priced at $50, $100, $150!!

-> More of our designs are also in the permanent collections of the Gallery!!!

 

 

 

 

cropped-21875738_674161592795153_2107455723_oOnLine on our etsy shop

We are always adding new designs but if you have something in mind or you like one of our jewels that is out of stock contacts us, we may be able to get it in time for you!

 

If you live in the area of Seattle, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah we would be happy to meet you in person, so you can see and try on any of our jewels that are available on-line! Just contact us!

Browse all our collections here! 

 

Jewel Yourself…

“Jewel Yourself”, started when we watched a short video from different women talking about being.. Being kinder to others, Being lost in the moment, Being at peace with the world and with our self, Being kinder to yourself… In our everyday lives we are busy with living instead of being. You know how our minds work, one moment you read something inspiring and you think ” Yes, I should do that”… and the next moment your are lost on your daily activities.

There are lots of ready mantras that we could use but we needed something that will be personal, will work as a sign, and will be easy associated to an object. So, the word “Jewel” came to us. Obviously because we love jewels so much and, because we love the meaning of the word “jewel” which according to the dictionary it is also “a person resembling a jewel in preciousness, brilliance, etc…” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/jewel). Then the word “yourself” just paired.

For us the phrase “Jewel Yourself” goes beyond the beautification of the body and includes the beautification of the soul. That is how this little phrase captured our minds and hearts and became our everyday moto: to “Jewel Ourselves”.

We hope that through our “Jewel Yourself” series of articles, videos, books and photos that inspired us,  you will be inspired, too, and “Jewel Yourself” every single day.

 

With love

from Mina & Vicky

 

 

11th Sammamish Arts Fair

 

How could Porpe miss this year’s fair in Sammamish ? Last year we had a great time, we talked to a lot of people, we made some friends and we promised to be back. Our new designs will be there for you try them on …

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So if you and your family want to spend some quality art time come around.

Have a look at the program..

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About the Sammamish Arts Fair

The Sammamish Arts Fair is an annual Arts Fair, which is now in its 11th year. It has grown in reputation to be one of the most anticipated arts events on the Eastside, and it will feature some of the best jury selected local artists in our area. When Forbes recently ranked Sammamish as the number one friendliest town in America, they made mention of our annual arts fair.

Come and visit with the artists, see their work and learn about their creative process. Inside the City Hall building, the highest quality and variety of fine art will be available for purchase, and will include original works of art such as; paintings, jewelry, mixed media, encaustic art, glass arts, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, photography and textile art.  Along with the visual arts, will be musical arts, performance arts and children’s activities for the whole family.  Look for things to see, hear and do in the city hall, the library and the plaza between the two buildings.  Check out the program for more info.

The Arts Fair is a community-wide cultural art experience, which is produced in partnership with the participating Artists and the Sammamish Arts Commission. The artists and community volunteers completely create and run the Arts Fair.

Sponsorship is grateful received from the City of Sammamish, the Sammamish Arts Commission and 4Culture.

Admission is free.

Click here to find out more…

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KAST 2017 – May 13-14

KAST 2017 May 13-14 | 10am-6pm

Porpe Artifacts is excited to participate in this year’s KAST, organized by The Kirkland Art  Center. Artists open their studios around the area of Kirkland, to share with you their process of making and their art. We will be hosted by Anna’s Art Lab at 524 1st Ave South, 98033 Kirkland, Washington!

Visit us and browse our craft and art jewelry dedicated to Moms and get to know what are the different processes for designing and making jewels!

 

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About KAST

KAST began in 2004 when a small band of artists decided it was time Kirkland had its own artist studio tour. The artists open their studios once a year on Mother’s Day weekend to give the public a rare opportunity to see artists create in their studios. Kirkland Arts Center took on the management of the tour in 2008 as part of new programming initiatives designed to support the arts within the community. KAST 2017 is the 14th annual tour.

Browse the map and discover something new!

Learn more about KAC and KAST

 

See you there!

 

Travelling to Greece?… check the jewelry exhibitions!

Jewels are a very important element of the Greek culture from the ancient years to nowadays. If you find your way to this beautiful Mediterranean country, save some time to explore the history of Ancient Greek jewelry and the interesting art jewelry exhibitions in Athens and in the island of Mykonos.

Art Jewelry Exhibitions 2017

  • Athens Jewelry Week 2017 May 18- May 21

ATHENS JEWELRY WEEK 2016 is open to Greek jewelry designers/makers, individual artists or art groups, schools and galleries that consider jewelry as an art form and that through their action are trying to push the boundaries, expand and enrich the field of Contemporary Jewelry. All events scheduled (actions, performances, seminars, lectures) will open to the public between 29/6 and 3/7. Depending on their content/purpose, they may last from one day up to one month.

Click here for more info

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  • “The glamorous exhibition “Vanity” in Mykonos celebrates over 5000 years in jewelry”

A new exhibition in Mykonos will examine the illustrious Greek jewelry tradition, relating the ancient craft to its evolution into modern-day design.

Vanity, Stories of Jewellery in the Cyclades, presented by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, brings together 230 pieces of jewelry dating from the Neolithic era to the 1970s, all originating from the Cycladic islands.

Read more about the exhibition in lonely planet and in National Jewelry.

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Art Jewelry Museums to visit

  • Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, click here
  • National Archaeological Museum, click here

 

A Jewel.. made in Greece,  a short video click here 

 

 

 

Let’s go East

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We are happy to present our spring and summer collection in artEAST  gallery, 1730 10th Ave NW Issaquah, until October 2017.

Some of our designs will be shown and sold exclusively in artEast!

#Flower Tattoo

#Hercules Knot

#Acorns returning back to Earth

#Confusion

 

 

SMG Biennial 2017

We are excited to participate in the SMG Biennale at the Washington State Convention Center, South Galleria 2nd floor, 705 Pike St, Seattle, from 4/5/2017 – 6/27/2017.

The Opening Reception is on 4/9, and begins at 3 with a tour of the exhibition led by Peggy Foy, SMG’s President.

The Seattle Metals Guild  is a non-profit organization made up of people with varying interests and involvement in traditional and contemporary jewelry and metal arts.

Find out more on SMG here

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Photo Shooting January 2017

 

2017 is here! Looking back I see all the changes that 2016 brought to my friends and family. Sometimes, changes were perceived and characterized good and others  bad. Whatever of what has happened, we choose to see the glass half full and do our best  for 2017!

Every year, we  will design jewelry inspired from the new year to come! So I though, what is the best way for Porpe to start 2017?  Photo Shooting the number “7 collection”! A tribute to 2017…

Our 1st photo shooting took place in Bellevue Square and we lived one last time the “glamour” of Christmas!

Find our collections here

Contact us for more details: porpe-artifacts@outlook.com

 

Behind the scenes…

It is always fun when a jewel is ready and needs to be photographed. My models have always been very good friends of mine,  beautiful women  with simple style, great elegance and a great smile. This is, actually,  how they face life with style, elegance and a great smile!

Through the photos we try to show that a jewel is an important addition to our outfit and style. It can transform your whole appearance!   You don’t need a lot of jewelry, you need a few jewelry with a great design that will much your unique style.

During our sessions our goal is not only to have great photos but also to have fun. laugh, and  create a nice atmosphere. We hope that this energy is captured and is shown in our pictures, too.

Our three last photo meetings took place in a lovely coffee place in Redmond called 5 Stones Coffee Company (http://5stonescoffeeco.com/), a small coffee place that travels us to the central Europe!

I won’t say anything else the following photos speak for themselves!

 

 

Spiral comes from the Ancient Greek word “σπειρα”

 

“The spiral is one of the oldest symbols encountered in many civilizations across the globe.  Especially for ancient Greeks, in whose language the very word came into being («σπειρα»), the vertical winding representation was above all a symbol of the life force.

As such it can be found everywhere in Nature, from ancient shellfish, to galaxies formation.. It is believed that the spiral pattern, subconsciously helps our mind to accept the twists and turns and in essence the very evolution of Life itself. “

Panos Avramidis