Ancient world of Cyclades inspires jewelry designer

Antiquity seems to be a never-ending source of inspiration. «Idols,» an exhibition of jewelry created by accessories designer Elena Syraka and currently on display at the Museum of Cycladic Art, takes a look at the ancient world of the Cyclades Islands and how it translates into the world of contemporary design. For the designer, known for her bohemian chic flair, the Old World is about the simplicity of shape, given a modern spin. Using gold, silver and leather, Syraka also worked with specially treated feathers, precious and semiprecious stones. Born and raised in Athens, Syraka has nurtured a great passion for design since childhood, creating matching jewelry for her clothes when she was a young girl. A graduate of the Veloudakis School of Fashion in Athens, she went on to earn a degree in textiles from Euromode Textila in Thessaloniki, along with a diploma in fashion and jewelry from prominent ESMOD in Paris. While the designer began her career as a stylist, she soon decided to focus exclusively on creating her own pieces. At the Museum of Cycladic Art, «Idols» is sponsored by Volvo C30 and ends tomorrow. Museum of Cycladic Art, 4 Neofytou Douka, Kolonaki, tel 210.722.8321-3. Opening hours: today, 10-4 p.m., tomorrow 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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