OF late, her native Greece has been synonymous crisis, and civil unrest, but on our shores the London based jewelry designer Myrto Anastasopoulou is quietly creating a riot all of her own.
Designing under the name My.A, Jewellery, Anastasopoulou’s shape-led aesthetic is one of structured gracefulness with a nod to heavyweights of the world of sculpture, as opposed to fashion. Think elegantly fluid Brancusi or Moore-esq curves, loops and crescents. What makes the pieces so appealing is that each one is indeed like a miniature sculpture, scaled down and whittled into wrist, finger or neck shaped wearability.
“[The natural world] has its own self-contained harmony which doesn’t exist in the same way elsewhere,” she continues, gesturing to its ramshackle antithesis of cars, bikes and bricks visible from the pavement table.
Showcased on her stylish website gallery, piece after piece melts into each other with each click. The effect is somewhere between virtual art exhibit and leisurely window-shopping trip. The line features exquisitely crafted rings, pendants, earrings and, our favorite, cuff-like bracelets. Chunky without being unwieldy, unconventional yet totally timeless, Anastasopoulou’s are beautiful statement pieces which would look equally as good with a basic white T-shirt as dressed up for evening. Cast in stirling silver, many come in a selection of gold, black rhodium and platinum plating.
“My pieces spring from anything that inspires me, but primarily nature under the microscope” she says. “[The natural world] has its own self-contained harmony which doesn’t exist in the same way elsewhere,” she continues, gesturing to its ramshackle antithesis of cars, bikes and bricks visible from the pavement table. “It’s all curves within curves. There’s a kind of internal integrity that I try to maintain with the materials I use and the process of making the jewellery itself. When you carve in wax, as I do, you get to know it intimately and often the making of one piece creates an idea for another.”
Aria earringsWith a strong focus on handmade pieces and thoughtful craftsmanship, Anastasopoulou’s line started as a part-time hobby whilst working with children as an art psychotherapist in London. “While doing that, I had the need for my own expression, so I decided to delve into jewellery making. I took a class and totally fell in love with it,” she explains. Fast-forward two years and one immensely successful Athenian exhibition later and the designer has been inundated with interest and commissions to the extent that she expects to set up stockists here come September.
Split into different collections comprising several pieces, each is special in its own way, all bearing the names (some in code) of people who have helped her or proved particularly inspirational. The Maxime collection, named after her boyfriend, contains a fantastic, eponymously named bracelet of enmeshed droplet shaped cut-outs in a choice of three different metallic finishes. Appropriately, ‘Maxime’ also means ‘the greatest.’ For sure, it’s a grand piece, but it has a subtle sensibility, with each arc flowing into the next.
The lliodoron collection features stunning branch-like contours on two necklaces set with gemstone tips, and matching ‘angel’ rings in two complementary finishes per set. It’s hard to know, but nice to guess exactly what inspired them when viewed under a microscope. Lungs, leafs or wings, perhaps.
The Aria collection includes a pair of petal-like earrings, vertically fused together two by two like a clipping from the hanging gardens of Babylon, and another covetable cuff, this time resembling a metallic slice of shell. Pleasingly, each piece can be tailored to the individual’s requirements.
When asked if she wears her own pieces, she laughs, “I like to, but I should probably stop doing it because I end up taking them off and giving them to friends who admire them.” Thoughtful, ornamental and timeless. Who said fashion was a fickle creature?
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