Anna Vlahos

Call it personal bias but I’ve always loved jewellery with a rough hand-hewn look rather than machine-made exactness. There’s something intrinsically human about meandering lines, imperfect forms and surface flaws that I relate to. Where machine jewellery is about uniformity and industrial scale production I hear the maker’s story in a handmade piece. That brings me to the work of Anna Vlahos whose distinctive aesthetic tells the story of place; Australia where she grew up and Greece where she now lives.

MIRACULASS 2015
MIRACULASS, 2015

Before moving to Greece, Vlahos obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at the School of Visual Arts, Cowan University in Perth, Australia majoring in printmaking (1999-2001) with Honours there (2002). In 2004 she obtained a Certificate IV in Jewellery Design and Production from Central TAFE in Fremantle (2004).

Regarding her work and it’s unique style she says…

Ancient artisans broke down the natural world around them into patterns and motifs. The jewellery and art objects they created come out of the ground as though they grow down there.  Living in Athens, these become my replacement for the natural world I left behind in Australia. I take these simple pattern elements, borrowing from vase and amphora and rhyton .and replicate them infinitely. Using these pattern puzzle pieces, I can build a nature of my own, drawing on the flora of my memories and my home, but built using the visual language of those artisans’. (via klimt02.net)

I might’ve been daydreaming during social studies class and missed the lecture on amphoras and rhytons so I had to look them up… antiquity people made vessels, usually out of clay, to transport things like olive oil and wine.These were often painted and that strange pointy base meant they could be stood upright in soft soil or sand or held in wooden racks on ships for transporting. A rhyton was also a container. It was a horn shaped cup that held wine and it often had animal forms and motifs on it. It would’ve been used everyday and in special ceremonies

 

 

Growing up in Australia Vlahos would’ve been familiar with trees like this…

 

 

Now, tell me if you see those influences in this maker’s beautiful work…

 

 

Ophir, 2012. Sterling silver, copper, paint 6x2cm
Ophir, 2012. Sterling silver, copper, paint
Amphor black, 2016. Sterling silver 10 x 7 x 5.5 cm
Vessel: Amphor Black, 2016. Sterling silver, 10x7x5.5cm
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From exhibition : Mutation
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Basic rings, dark
Brooch: Miracualss, 2015. Sterling silver, 24kt gold 12x5x3.5cm
Brooch: Miraculass, 2015. Sterling silver, 24kt gold 12x5x3.5cm

You can find out more about this Anna Vlahos here or on Instagram here.

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