Design & Make your very own jewelry

Join me in the following, exciting classes where we will relax, have fun and unleash our creativity by designing and making jewelry using one of the most ancient techniques: the Lost Wax technique.

Where: A casual and relaxing home studio in Sammamish, 98075 WA

Class Size: Up to 5 people.

 

The following classes are available for November & December:

Design & Make your own Ring

When: Nov 9 2018, 17:00 – 20:00 (3 hours)

Cost: 130$

Materials: All the materials (waxes and tools) for the class will be provided. The cost of the class also includes one (1)  casted Sterling Silver ring (up to 0.5 dwt/pennyweight). If you wish to cast extra 3D wax models you can do that for an additional 25$ per piece up to 0.5 dwt/pennyweight. Wax models will be weighted with an electronic scale at the end of the class.

During the class, we will explore the work of different jewelry artists, you will be introduced on how to make a ring with a round or square band and then learn how to add texture and solder organic elements around the band. You will have enough time to explore the wax and experiment with it by creating different designs. At the end you can select your best design to be send to a US Casting House to be casted in Sterling Silver.

The jewelry will then be polished and finished by me (we will agree during the workshop on the finishing details) and then posted to you. If you want you can join the class on Dec 14th and  learn how to polish and finish your jewelry (see below for more info).

Prerequisites: None

 

Design & Make your own pair of earrings

When: Nov 16 2018, 17:00 – 20:00 (3 hours)

Cost: 130$

Materials: All the materials (waxes and tools) for the class will be provided. The cost of the class also includes a pair of casted Sterling Silver earrings (up to 0.6 dwt/pennyweight). If you wish to cast extra 3D wax models you can do that for an additional 30$ per pair of up to 0.6 dwt/pennyweight. Wax models will be weighted with an electronic scale at the end of the class.

Prerequisites: None

During the class, we will explore the work of different jewelry artists, you will be introduced on how to make earrings either with organic or geometric shape. You will also learn how to create texture, engrave or solder extra elements on your earrings.  You will have enough time to explore the wax and experiment with it by creating different designs. At the end you can select your best pair of earrings to be send to a US Casting House in order to be casted in Sterling Silver.

The jewelry will then be polished and finished by me (we will agree during the workshop on the finishing details) and then posted to you. If you want you can join the class on Dec 14th and  learn how to polish and finish your jewelry (see below for more info).

 

How to polish and finish your jewelry

When: Dec 14  2018, 17:00 – 19:30 (2.5 hours)

Cost: 70$

Materials: All the materials for polishing and finishing will be provided

Prerequisites: You will need to have taken one of the above classes and have casted jewelry to finish.

In this class we will polish the jewelry received from the Casting House and you will finish either by coloring them, oxidize them or attach gold foil.

If you are interested in any of the above classes, just send us an email athello@porpe-artifacts.com and we would love to answer any questions you may have and sign you up for the class of your choice! A 10% discount will be offered if you would like to attend two or more classes.

Meanwhile check the video below with all the beautiful jewelry that people created during previous classes without having a prior experience in designing and making jewelry.

 

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Mother, Mom, Mum, Mama…

 

“Who was the first mother?”  This is the question that my 3-year-old boy asked me in agony, on a Sunday evening. He was trying to find out how did everything started. In his baby mind he knew, that everyone, everything must have a mother, so who was her? I started looking for suitable stories and the first thing that came up was the Ancient Greek myth about “Gaia”. 

The myth reveals that “The first mother and the first ever Greek God was actually a Goddess, her name was Gaia or Mother Earth. She created herself out of primordial chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang. Mother Earth is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment.  She heals, nurtures, and supports all life in this planet and ultimately all life and health depend on her. In time Mother Earth heals all ills”.

After reading this, different questions popped into my mind: Is mother a title because you give birth? What about the women who act like mothers and sometimes even more? who raise adopted children? who support kids? who inspire kids or who just love kids? On top of all these, as a mother I always wonder if there is a right way to show love, achieve and maintain harmony?

One mother picks up her crying baby and rocks him back and forth; another turns away, leaving the baby to cry himself/herself out. In some cultures, they believe that harmony and balance is achieved by a scheduled routine, and by following the safety rules, while in other cultures this may differ.  In some countries it’s fine to leave your baby out in the cold to have a nap (if it is warm dressed), while in others if it is not sunny enough, kids won’t be allowed to go outside out of fear of catching a cold. Like a babel tower, our cultures similar to our languages are so unlike. As a mother, I couldn’t be able to answer if one way is better than the other, I think no one can.  What I do find right though, is the essence of what the ancient Greek myth reveals: a mother is more than a name or a title. A mother is a source of harmony, wholeness, balance, and healing. Life depends on her because she gives life and most important she gives unconditional love, in her own beautiful way. 

Mother is the precious person in our life who will give you her essence just because she loves you!

 

Dedicated to all the special persons who raise, support, inspire and love kids every day, unconditionally!

 

Vicky Zomenou

Porpe Artifacts

**This articles was also published in:

https://bluehilljewelry.com/blogs/blog/mothers-day-by-vicky-zomenou

Conveying cultural values…

Very often we will browse the internet reading about jewelry exhibitions  around the world. It is so nice to read about new artists and designers trying to push the medium they use into other levels. While we were doing that we found an article about an exhibition called “Hidden Curriculum” that takes place during the Munich Jewelry Week:

“…According to history, Jewelry serves as a primary means of conveying cultural values. Traditionally, jewels were seen as sacred and precious; however, from the beginning of the 20th century, jewelry has started to be objectified. Jewelry is a product of non-verbal communication as a result of all human social interactions.

The process, through which a piece of jewelry is created, is totally connected with the cultural and social background of each jewelry artist. From the selection of materials to the final product, it is needed that all different possibilities and perspectives of this act to be explored…”

It is true that jewelry is ..”a non-verbal communication..” and that is why we believe that jewelry is more than an accessory because they reveal something about you when you choose what kind of jewel you will wear.  If you select a handmade jewel try to see beyond the design, ask about the artist and his/her process  and maybe you will discover why you were drawn into it. A jewel conveys the cultural values, experiences and deeper needs of expression of the artist and if you feel connected to a piece of a handmade jewel then there is definitely a deeper connection that also reveals something about you, too.  

Porpe Artifacts

 

Read more about the Munich Jewelry Week here

 

 

 

Love can be.. Eros, Philia, Agape…

According to the Ancient Greek philosophers there are three different types of love:

 

Eros  is the type of love that constitutes a passionate intense desire for someone. In Plato’s writing eros is a common desire that seeks transcendental beauty.

 

Philia entails a fondness and appreciation of the other. Aristotle elaborates that the proper basis of philia is sharing dispositions, bear no grudges, mutual admiration and so on…

 

Agape refers to the paternal love of God for humans and humans for God but extended to include brotherly love of all humanity. Agape draws on elements from eros and philia in that it seeks a perfect kind of love.

 

Enjoy this day and everyday, whatever kind of love you are celebrating…

 

Jewel Your self this special day (inside and out!!)

 

 

On our way… to the Seattle Gift Show

In Porpe Artifacts we are happy and proud to be part of the artistic vibe and community of Seattle.  Our path of interacting with people through our jewelry led us to the Artisan Alley of the  Seattle Gift Show.

“We take pride of what we do! From design … to art you can wear” says Vicky the founder of Porpe Artifacts. “We love being part of a sustainable way of making and consuming. When you buy a well designed and thoughtful handmade jewel and you know the inspiration behind, the person who did it and how they did it, it so beautiful.”

We would love to show you our work!

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Porpe Artifacts  – Artisan Alley /  3851

Location:  Washington State Convention Center
Hours
SAT,  January 20 | 9 am – 5 pm
SUN, January 21 | 9 am – 5 pm
MON, January 22 | 9 am – 5 pm
TUES, January 23 | 9 am – 3 pm

 

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

cropped-21875738_674161592795153_2107455723_oKirkland Arts Center,

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! 

 

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 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Useful tips on how to find your ring size

measurement-tips

Print this PDF file in order to use the suggested ring measurement methods.

The secret test (for best results, make sure you confirm your size using both methods below!)

  • Use our printable sizer to measure your finger
  • Get a ring that you or your loved one currently wears. Make sure he/she wears this ring on the finger you are shopping for. To measure, print the printable sizer, and place the ring on top of each circle until you find a perfect match. Double check for accuracy.

You can also watch the following video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyGcCe83ul0