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I am half-Japanese, half-Greek and grew up in London. As a marine biology student I came to Iraklio, Crete.
We were a huge group including Spanish, Italians and Irish and every weekend we would all bundle into two or three battered cars and make our way to the beaches of southern Crete. We would trek for up to 7 hours in the wild mountainous landscape until we reached some deserted beach where we would stay the weekend. I fell in love with this side of Greece.

Later I was a volunteer for the sea turtles in Zakynthos and then in charge of rehabilitation at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, Glyfada, living in a train wagon for 14 months and working with volunteers from all over the world. Apart from rehabilitating sea turtles we renovated the train wagons.
I realised that I was happiest when working with my hands.

I started to make papier mache and I thank Benaki Museum shop for accepting my "animals", giving me the courage to continue exploring and playing around with paper.

I learnt origami from my mother but I was very resistant to using it. I wanted to do something that was my own. Then I took part in a Paper Fashion exhibition "RRRIPP!!" organised by ATOPOS. I made paper dresses for Benaki's shop, not for the main exhibition, but it was very inspiring to be part of this event. On the closing days of the exhibition we made paper clothes for the visitors. I had great fun making paper neckties. Each child or adult chose their piece of paper with great thought and I loved seeing their look of satisfaction when they wore their necktie. After that I found ways of incorporating origami into lights lit up with LEDs, which are influenced by my memories in Japan.

In 2012 I started engraving lessons, started papermaking and in 2013 I took my first lessons in silkscreen printing. In 2014 I went for a summer course for stop motion animation in Monodendri, Epirus. Since 2014 I have held workshops and taken part in various collaborations.

Marietta Kallona
contact: yeti.toys@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects / workshops / exhibitions

Uchi - conception and curation of a collaborative, multi-faceted project, February 10th - 25th 2017
Fo Kia Nou 24/7 invites the community to help us transform from an exhibition space into a home in the month of February. With Marietta Kallona as our project coordinator, we will make this home as a collective effort in three parts - building, furnishing and housewarming. It will be a work in progress that we will all add layers to, so that it grows from an empty space into a home.

Uchi is the word for house or home in Japanese.
There are also other meanings:
1. Inside.
2. Us. Uchino means “our”. This refers to a tight knit group of people, like one's family, colleagues or circle of close friends
3. While. It gives an indication of time. For example, atsui uchi means while it's hot. Ima no uchi means while it's now (right now)

Origami workshop with Georgia Lagoudi / Marion Fischer: intervention at the space / Papermaking workshop with Marietta Kallona / Kimono sewing workshop with Marie Howarth / Stamping/printing workshop with Dimitris Koletsis / Marbling workshop wih Mary Cox / Storytelling with Anna Mastori / Noodle making with Marietta Kallona / Silkscreen printing workshop with Manolis Angelakis (Tind) and Marietta Kallona / Sushi workshop with Angela Dounas / Screenings of Tampopo film and Panagiotis Voulgaris videos / Housewarming party

Contributors: Manolis Angelakis (Tind) | Mary Cox | Marion Fischer | Marie Howarth | Georgia Kagia (Xixinikoko Stories) | Angela Dounas | Marietta Aya Kalfa | Marietta Kallona | Maiko-Eleni Kawakami | Dimitrios Koletsis | Georgia Lagoudi | Dean Manning | Anna Mastori | Artemis Ohta Katsampani | OUPS the puppet theater | Panagiotis Voulgaris

http://www.fokianou247.gr/past-uchi.html

After-school arts and crafts with children 5-10 years old, every Monday at the 4th state school in Pallini, November 2016 - May 2017

Fireworks / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Sunday January 29th | 17.00-19.00
Workshop for adults
As part of the celebrations for the Chinese New Year, join us to make a paper lantern. The lit lanterns will light up a magical night.
Design - implementation: Marietta Kallona & Myrna Escalante

The dance of the dragon / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Saturday January 28th 2017 | 17.00-19.00
Workshop for children, 4-8 years old
As part of the celebrations for the Chinese New Year, join us to make a dragon kite with shiny papers which we will colour together and see it come alive as it flies!
Design - implementation: Marietta Kallona & Myrna Escalante

Magical Garden / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
September 3rd 2016. An open origami workshop for children aged 4-12. Small birds, frogs, insects, flowers and other little creatures were created with colorful origami papers at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. Together with Myrna Escalante.

Back to Basics
/ Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
May 7th and June 11th 2016. Silkscreen printing workshop for adults at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. With Manolis Angelakis (Tind).

Support your local artists.
Exhibition, bazaar and live silkscreen printing at Romantso, December 15th-16th 2015 with Manolis Angelakis, Vassilis Georgiou, Costas Theocharis and Paris Koutsikos

Group exhibition at Diktio tis Siniparxis
. December 12th 2015 - January 15th 2016. http://www.toportal.gr/?i=toportal.el.politismos&id=9319

Children's workshop at Onassis Cultural Centre Athens
. October - December 2015. Making a book from start to finish, inspired by Aesop. With storytelling, illustration, typography, papermaking and silkscreen printing. For ten Saturdays, from November 7th - December 12th. With Manolis Angelakis, Vassilis Georgiou, Costas Theocharis, Kostis Sotirakos and Georgia Kagia.

Synergastirion
(20 December 2014 - 31 July 2015)
A modern studio for design, calligraphy, sign making, a printing workshop and showroom in one of the Gallery of Merchants' stores in Voulis street. On the second Saturday of each month, the Collaboratory invites the public to participate in learning workshops for handmade paper, illustration, engraving, typography, silkscreen printing and collaboration. https://www.facebook.com/synergastirio
With Manolis Angelakis (Tind) / Chris Angelakis (erato) / Vassilis Georgiou / Costas Theocharis (Typokomio) / Marietta Kallona (Yeti Toys) / Sergio Kotsovoulos (Please Insert Coin) / Paris Koutsikos (Parisko) / Olympia Lioni (ost2) / Christos Makridakis (Typokomio)

Glow in the dark!
at Diplareios School, May 22nd 2015
A silkscreen workshop for kids and adults from the TIND team. Using dyes that glow in the city night, we'll print on old city maps and posters.
Part of Strange Cities Athens / Onassis Cultural Centre Athens

Children's robot workshop at hello Future!
March 2015 at Onassis Cultural Centre Athens

Support for "The Future is Yet to be Printed"
(live screen printing workshop) with Tind, Chris Angelakis and Junkart at Onassis Cultural Centre Athens. Curated by: Double Decker (Melita Skamnaki, Wilhelm Finger)

Print it Yourself Seminars and Workshops
(silkscreen printing) March 2015. https://www.facebook.com/PIYSeminars
With Manolis Angelakis, Fuzz Ink, Iliana Galazoula, Marietta Kallona, Adela Konomi & Antonis Daktilidis

"Wind Within"
exhibition with Jana Tziveleki and Napoleon Tzanetos at Fo Kia Nou 24/7, Nov. 8th - Dec. 5th 2014

Papermaking workshop
at the 8th Animart Experiential art school, Monodendri, July 2014

"Embroidery Circle" @ Fo Kia Nou 24/7
, run by Blanka Amezkua, started June 2014

Engraving group exhibition
at the Ergastiria Texnis, Agia Paraskevi, June 2014

Support for "Polemical notices"
Typography and silkscreen workshop carried out by Tind and V. Georgiou. Traces of Commerce, May 2014

Papermaking workshop
with the Silk Bastards, March 2014

Origami / paper creations
with children 5-12yrs at their school at their xmas celebtrations, 2010-2013

Scenery for "Through the looking glass and what Mira found there"
, Martinos Gallery, Athens, December 2013

Engraving Group exhibition with the Ergastiria Texnis
, Agia Paraskevi at Technopolis Gazi, July 2013

"Zoo"
group exhibition, Martinos Gallery, April 2013

"All in Red"
group exhibition, Martinos Gallery, March 2012

"RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion"
by ATOPOS, 2-day closing celebration, Benaki Museum, April 2007

* press *
Paper creations - Idaniko Spiti, December 2011 by Dossy Iordanidou, photo: Takis Spiropoulos
A paper world - Kathimerini, Gynaika, February 2010 by Marina Douni, photo: Katerina Kotti
Neither real or plastic, a paper fir tree - Kathimerini OIKO 2008
"Decorations from the galleries" 6 Athenian artists inspired by the Christmas spirit - Kathimerini, December 2007 by Dossy Iordanidou, photo: Kanaris Tsiganos
Presents - Eleftherotipia, December 2006 (by Pari Spinou)


 

 

 

 

 

 


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