“INSPIRA is the name of our new project – it contains the word inspiration and refers to the endless spiral – symbol of creation, which is also our logo”.
We Are Inspired by…
…the Aegean sea and the civilizations that thrived around it: the Cycladic, the Minoan, the Mycenaean, the ancient Greek, the Byzantine, as well as the contemporary popular Greek one, to create “art you can wear”.
What Moves Us…
…are the small details hidden in artifacts exhibited in museums, the frescoes and mosaics in palaces and temples – the ones that show how people who lived on the Aegean islands through thousands of years pictured the world.
We Isolate These Details…
…and give them a “new life”. A detail from a Minoan ring buried for centuries in Knossos might become a silk print on a t-shirt! A part from a wall-painting of Thera might decorate a bag!
Our products are t-shirts, scarves, pareo, bags and handmade jewels, made by Greek craftsmen.
THE TRAVELLING GODDESS Pattern inspired by the “ring of Minos”. Knossos (1500-1400 BC)
The Great Goddess crosses the sea on a seahorse – vessel. She carries the bullhorns – symbol of the Minoan power.
The seahorse is one of the most ancient creatures of the sea that compels admiration for its unique looks, grace and flexibility.
In order to breed seahorses dance together for hours, then males carry the eggs for several days to finally give birth to thousands.
When you enjoy whatever you do and carry it out with love and devotion, the best comes out of it.
SACRED DANCE Pattern inspired by the “ring of Minos”. Knossos (1500-1400 BC)
A man is calling the Goddess to reveal. He‘s climbing on a tree with easy, graceful movements. He’s standing between earth and the sky, his heart’s turned upwards. In one hand he’s holding something like a ceremonial pot or maybe a fruit…
This man in ecstasy seems to know how to communicate with Nature. The Goddess responds by descending as a tiny flying figure from the sky.
The Nature’s abundance is available to all, as soon as we open and surrender to its eternal cycle.
NAUTILUS Pattern inspired by ritual vessel. Phaistos (1500-1450 BC)
The nautilus is one of the sea creatures the Minoans chose to decorate their artifacts.
Nautiluses are shelled cephalopods that first appeared, 500 million years ago during the Cambrian Explosion and are described as “living fossils” because they have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years.
Nowadays, they only survive in the Indian and Pacific Ocean, but obviously they have also lived in the Mediterranean.
Their name originates from the Greek word “ναυτίλος”, meaning “sailor”.
For us, this mysterious traveler stands for the unchangeable observer of the continual change of everything.
OCTOPUS Pattern inspired by amphora. Crete (1500 BC).
Octopuses are one of the most favorite decorative patterns of Minoan pottery.
Obviously, their beauty and grace inspired the artists of that time.
But as people back then were so close to nature, they might intuitively know the extraordinary properties of these amazing animals.
Octopuses have three hearts, keen eyesight and a developed nervous system that enhance their intelligence.
They have memory, use tools and even have their own language – consisting of shifts of color and texture on their skins.
They also seem to have emotional intelligence.
For us, the octopus stands for nature’s supreme intelligence manifesting itself in each and every creature.
“Joy in looking and comprehending is Nature’s most beautiful gift”. Albert Einstein