Why did you choose this craft?
It was a matter of need. Creating and expressing myself gives me a sense of completeness. Like being in a state where things are harmoniously coming together, and most importantly matching the inside with the outside.
How is your work linked to Greece?
The traditions of early 20th century Greece inspired my grandmothers to start dressmaking, they passed on their expertise and love of fabric to me. Living in Greece is like living in a big museum, the past is involved in the present. As a raw material, I often use silk from Soufli – it is such high quality.
Georgia Gremouti©Akis Goumas
What specific techniques you are familiar with?
The process of converting a flat surface into a 3D one, using a variety of techniques. In my years of study, I started with shibori techniques, then origami techniques – paperfolding, fabric pleating, etc. – and then I have worked with pleating techniques through 3D drawing programmes.
How would you describe what you do?
By shaping I hide and I reveal. I like to think that I am helping to give voice to what has not yet been expressed. Diving into the inner world – researching and studying – and then emerging through expression and creation.