Friday, 29 May 2015

Crafts Circus Bazaar

I met Anna Tzoutzou of Sort Stories two years ago when I took part in a couple of bazaars with my sea glass felted stones!
I liked her the moment I met her. An open, smiling, courageous, talented girl and young mother!
Although I didn't take part in more bazaars we kept contact and connected on fb.
Recently she organized a big event The Crafts Circus Bazaar which took place last Sunday at
Block 33. I had to go to see what she had managed to do. I loved it!
Although the place is a bit away from the city centre I managed to go.
There were lots of things happening.
Lots of handcrafters selling their lovely goods.
Events for children
and fun events for grown ups like this aerial silks acrobat!
I bought this lovely bag from my dear Fani of Skeftomai kai Ravo.

 I also had a chat with some interesting artists whose crafts I loved.
Da Faux Creations with her amazing miniatures and felt ornaments.

 Girasole with her gorgeous silver jewelry.
Here  is her etsy shop 
Iliana's creations with her lovely fabric brooches and boxes.
Handmade pinatas with her original pinatas.
and Woodstories with her lovely wooden ornaments and supplies.

It was a great event. Hope Anna will be organizing more of those and I would love to take aprt one day too!
And here is my lovely cherry bag!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Happy birthday boy!

It is a difficult time of year!
It's the end of the school year and we always have too many things to do.
I have even more at the time as we are planning some changes here. More to be announced in future!
For the time being I would like to wish my boy who is becoming 20 today all the best ! May you always be healthy and happy and lucky in your life my love!
The previous week had...
...visits from unexpected guests...
...festivities and my speech at school for the memorial day of the Greek/Pontic Genocide on May 19th...
... a haircut and new colour after many many years....
and after...bytheway I love it!
...a recording at a friend's house of our voices for a Black Theatre performance of his pupils...
I loved his London decoration...
and the views from his balcony...

...a shadow puppetry performance for a friend's school...

...watching the Eurovision Song Contest and trying to count receipts for my tax papers...
...eating nice mango ice cream...
...blooming flowers...
...taking selfies of people and dogs taking selfies...
...finding a great beautifully painted old building at the city centre...
...going to the Crafts Circus bazaar (I will talk about in the next blogpost)...
...and lots and lots of beautiful sunsets....

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Stendhal Syndrome

It means feeling happy when seeing art. You can read more about it here.
It happened to me.
Last Sunday morning hubby and I went to visit the M Flea Market, an event organized twice a year by the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.
They sell lots of vintage clothes, decorative items and books in very reasonable prices.

 I loved going there.

We had a look around.

I managed to buy a couple of books I really wanted (I found a shadow puppetry book for hubby too of course!) and a couple of beautiful decorative items.
The glass thing is a lemon reamer by Canadian artist Annie Michaud. An orange porcelain bowl with a silver rim and a terracota tile handpainted and with a secret message at the back! Really loved those items!

Then I thought of visiting one of the temporary exhibitions in the museum as there was no entrance fee on that day.
First we looked at the permanent exhibition which we have seen many a time!
A Spatharis shadow puppet figure is there too!
And my favourite Theophilos.

And lots more Contemporary Art pieces.

There were huge installations too!

And some strange ones!

Afterwards we moved to the temporary exhibition which is dedicated to pioneer Greek painters of the 20th century and the paintings belong to Th. Karapanagiotis Collection. This is the first public presentation of this important collection. The exhibition is curated by Professor of History of Art at the University of Thessaloniki, Antonis Kotidis who says that the artists represent two trends that prevailed in the Greek perception of contemporary art, Modernism and 'Tradition'.
(Info taken from the museum site)
In the exhibition you can see paintings by Nikolaos Lytras (1883-1927)

Nikolaos Othoneos (1877-1949)
 Michalis Economou (1888-1933)

Spiros Papaloukas (1892-1957).

Theophrastus Triantaphyllides (1881-1955),

Konstantinos Parthenis (1878-1967),

Constantine Maleas (1879-1928),

The exhibition will be on till the end of May 2015.
Leaving the exhibition we passed through a corridor and I adored the curtains ....
...which proved to be an artistic installation too!
I love art! In another life I would have studied arts!