Τρίτη, 4 Ιουνίου 2019


cocooning is a miracle you can see evolving in the remote edges of the hosting box

 the choice of the place

 the choreographic or ritual movement of the silk thread coming out of this wonderful little creature

looking forward to see the whole community to be established I'm enjoying every minute of the astonishing procedure


sharing the day to day with the silk people

the first thing you need when you share your everyday life with the silk people is to have a mulberry tree nearby.

the silk people are big eaters of mulberry tree

 and they grow up every day in an amazing way!

looking at this video you realize their voracious appetite and desire of life

the Bombyx Moris are a very pacific society, never fighting, never quarreling with each other.
tenderness is the image of their being together
and this is their message 

Δευτέρα, 27 Μαΐου 2019

Children of a Silk God

Looking at the mulberry tree in my garden, I was said it was the moment to search the silk worms. I had planned for this spring to have the experience of elevating some silk worms to follow their complete evolution.


I found what I was searching for at the Agricultural University of Athens, at the Sericulture section.

I learned from the people of the laboratory everything I had to know about the amazing society of the silk worms.

 The laboratory keeps an old equipment in an authentic environment,

museum pieces telling their silk stories 

 cocoons beautifully arranged in a natural palm tree bed

all kind of different cocoons

and also some adult moths.

The old machines are silently there to show you how the silk was formed from thread to yarn.

After exploring the amazing Sericulture section and its wonderful people I had as a present some of the miracle worms

 these hungry adorable creatures, the bombyx mori!

I have learned how to take care of them especially to feed them with mulberry leaves. 
I have enjoyed their peaceful community,
and day after day I have seen them changing in order to accomplish their
special mission Nature has charged them to live.

Δευτέρα, 15 Απριλίου 2019

threads of patience: εργαστήρι υφαντικής

... με κάθετο αργαλειό και φυτικές βαφές.

Το εργαστήρι έγινε στο 1ο Εσπερινό  Γυμνάσιο Αγίου Δημητρίου με τους μαθητές που δήλωσαν συμμετοχή,

καθώς και με τους μαθητές του σχολείου ελληνικών για μετανάστες, που οργανώνει η Ομάδα Εθελοντών Δήμου Αγίου Δημητρίου. 

 Ήταν μια όμορφη και πλούσια εμπειρία για όλους εμάς που βρεθήκαμε εκεί!


Ο Γιώργος Πετσικόπουλος μίλησε για τις φυτικές βαφές ενώ η Κλεοπάτρα Τσαλή και η Ειρήνη Γκόνου έδειξαν τα βασικά της ύφανσης.

Η πρόταση του εργαστηρίου έγινε κατα την διάρκεια της εκδήλωσης του Συμβουλίου Ένταξης Μεταναστών στον Άγιο Δημήτριο. 

Θα ακολουθήσει έκθεση με θέμα " Χημεία και Τέχνη " στο Δημαρχείο Αγίου Δημητρίου.

Τετάρτη, 2 Ιανουαρίου 2019

η αρχαιολογία του υφάσματος ΙΙΙ

Στην τρίτη συνάντηση του σεμιναρίου η αρχαιολογία του υφάσματος 
 απολαύσαμε με την σειρά που τις ακούσαμε πρώτα την Σοφία Βακιρτζή, 
διδάκτορα προιστορικής αρχαιολογίας στο πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης,
στην ομιλία της με θέμα: Τεχνίτρες της κλωστής στο προιστορικό Αιγαίο: η αρχαιολογία ενος "επαγγέλματος"

και στην συνέχεια την Στέλλα Σπαντιδάκη, πρόεδρο του AR TEX - Κέντρου Έρευνας και Συντήρησης Αρχαιολογικού Υφάσματος,  στην ομιλία της με τίτλο: Ιστός και ιστία: τα υφάσματα στην κλασική Αθήνα

Η αρχαιολογία του υφάσματος έλαβε χώρα στο Εθνικό ίδρυμα Ερευνών,
και ήταν πρωτοβουλία του Τομέα Ελληνικής και Ρωμαικής Αρχαιότητας 
 Επιστημονική υπεύθυνη η Άννα Μιχαηλίδου
Όμότιμη Διευθύντρια Ερευνών / ΕΙΕ

tamata at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris

Κυριακή, 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

tamata, the tinny pending wishes-a workshop in australia

Tamata are small representations of human figures, animals, objects on tinny metal sheets, used as thanking, votive offerings following the greek popular tradition from its early days.
The word tamata means promises, it comes from the ancient greek word anathimata which means vows.
They can be made of any thin metal sheet- the most expensive are those made of silver sheets- and they were hanged in the sacred place where the vow was made. These secular “votive offerings” which were found also in many other ancient civilizations remain active in this day and age to express a wish or to offer thanks for its fulfillment.

 Inspired by these special representations we will create our own tamata, activating them in a contemporay artistic environment. In parallel, we will prepare their specific background support with naturally dyied fabric or paper, elaborating a composition in which they are integrated.

Irini Gonou is a visual artist born in Athens. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts and from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, where she lived for eleven years. She has shown her artwork in thirty solo exhibitions in Greece, France, Belgium, Germany, UK, USA and Norway. Her artwork is included in several museum collections, municipal galleries, private museums and foundations.

 Interested also in the anthropology of art, her visual explorations embrace a broad span of mediterranean cultures. During the last few years she turned her interest to the healing and protective powers of the written word.  She has conducted numerous workshops in Athens, as well as in Cyprus, France, New York (at Columbia University) and in Begen, Norway.
Irini lives and works in Athens.

 The workshop Tamata, will be held in Ballarat and in Toowoomba at winter 2019 in Australia.
Organised by Fiber Arts Australia