aeolia

with love from Greece to you

Loutrá, Greece · 509 Sales

aeolia

with love from Greece to you

Loutrá, Greece 509 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(140)

Announcement   Our inspiration is the wild beauty of the Greek isle of Lesvos. Like everything here, our work is saturated with the brilliant light and vibrant colors of the northeastern Aegean, a region known since ancient times as Αιολία (Aeolia).

We wander on foot with our little dog Nora, observing, exploring, foraging, and capturing the goodness of nature. Our studio is brimming with it too. Come and roam along with us, you never know what treasures you'll find.

Be sure to check out our new line of Greek kitchenware, bath products, and farm goods. We're pretty fond of our growing collection and are honored to share. Greece is a wellspring of traditional knowledge and the source of many delightful things. We think you will love them too.

Our original designs can be printed on all sorts of great products including pillow cases, wall clocks, totes, apparel, stretched canvases, phone cases, tablet covers, laptop skins, and more. If you would like to see a particular image on another item, just give us shout and we'll set up a listing so you can check it out. There's no obligation (you'll be helping us update our shop).

If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions, requests, or anything else you would like to bring to our attention, please don't hesitate to drop us a line. We're always glad to hear from you. :)

https://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=6812924&ref=owner_contact_leftnav

You can also follow us at Facebook where we post new listings, works in progress, random thoughts, special offers and shop updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/aeolia/331747216852065

Are you Interested in discovering more unique items from Greek artists? Add "egst" to your search to find listings from the Etsy Greek Street Team. We're proud to be members too!

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Last updated on Mar 25, 2016

Our inspiration is the wild beauty of the Greek isle of Lesvos. Like everything here, our work is saturated with the brilliant light and vibrant colors of the northeastern Aegean, a region known since ancient times as Αιολία (Aeolia).

We wander on foot with our little dog Nora, observing, exploring, foraging, and capturing the goodness of nature. Our studio is brimming with it too. Come and roam along with us, you never know what treasures you'll find.

Be sure to check out our new line of Greek kitchenware, bath products, and farm goods. We're pretty fond of our growing collection and are honored to share. Greece is a wellspring of traditional knowledge and the source of many delightful things. We think you will love them too.

Our original designs can be printed on all sorts of great products including pillow cases, wall clocks, totes, apparel, stretched canvases, phone cases, tablet covers, laptop skins, and more. If you would like to see a particular image on another item, just give us shout and we'll set up a listing so you can check it out. There's no obligation (you'll be helping us update our shop).

If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions, requests, or anything else you would like to bring to our attention, please don't hesitate to drop us a line. We're always glad to hear from you. :)

https://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=6812924&ref=owner_contact_leftnav

You can also follow us at Facebook where we post new listings, works in progress, random thoughts, special offers and shop updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/aeolia/331747216852065

Are you Interested in discovering more unique items from Greek artists? Add "egst" to your search to find listings from the Etsy Greek Street Team. We're proud to be members too!

Sandra Triantafyllou

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With Love from Greece to You

We live a simple life in a small village on the Greek island of Lesvos. We are farmers, growing most of our own food and producing organic rain-fed olive oil in our high mountain permaculture farm.*

Art is a natural part of our lives. We spend most days outdoors, in the mountains, by the sea, in the olive grove or in the gardens. Everywhere we look there are creative processes generating beautiful work. We can't help but be inspired to do the same.

Aeolia (Αιολία, pronounced eh-oh-LEE-ah) is an ancient name for our region, the northwestern Anatolian coastline and its islands. It is also the name of a mythical floating isle in Homer's Odyssey where lived Aeolos, the Keeper of the Four Winds.

The isle of Lesvos, only five miles from the coast of Asia Minor, is teeming with an astonishing variety of plants and animals. All year round, the Lesvian mountains are redolent with the smells of wild herbs, edible greens and wildflowers. So rich is the island's wild diversity that the disciplines of biology and botany were born here in the inquisitive minds of the philosopher Aristotle and his friend Theophrastos.

This nourishing, magical island has a strong tradition of art and poetry. In ancient Greek mythology, Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet who had the ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music. After his death (and dismemberment), legend says that the head of Orpheus was swept ashore on Lesvos, still singing, along with his lyre, and that the birds here sing more sweetly than anywhere else. (There are a lot of them too).

Here too roamed Sappho, the 7th century BC lyric poet who was celebrated in the ancient world as the tenth muse. Her style of poetry - written in first-person, deeply emotional and full of passion - was completely unprecedented. A few fragments of her surviving poetry hint at her erotic love for women and so our island gave its name to that persuasion.

Lesvos is abounding with natural treasures and we love to collect them, ponder them, live with them, and create with them. The area is rich in castaways and one can easily find things like old clay roof tiles or some discarded hand-carved wooden shutters. Her endless beaches are strewn with wave-softened pottery shards, a huge variety of seashells, quirky driftwood, and bright sea glass. Wherever we roam, I always have my camera in pocket to capture whatever's too big to carry (the sea, olive trees, livestock, etc.)

We especially enjoy experimenting, inventing, crossing boundaries and using unusual combinations of materials. Our favorites are seasculpted stones, shells, driftwood, beeswax, natural fibers, metals, local clays and mineral pigments. We follow them into uncharted waters and let them lead us where they will. Lately we're honored to be upcycling life-vests worn by folks uprooted from war-torn countries who made the Aegean crossing to our island and beyond.

It's a challenge to locate commercial supplies here (especially on an olive farmer's budget) so we make our creations from materials we gather, grow, find, or recycle. This is a way of life for us and we are always on the lookout for something interesting. Making do with what we've got fills our days with discovery and constantly renews our creativity. Our shop was born because we love sharing our little everyday adventures and the magic of our island.

In 2015, we began collaborating with our friend and master craftsman Apostolos Matthaiakis on the isle of Crete. Thanks to our appreciative customers, his traditional folk art and Greek housewares are being enjoyed all around the world.

I enjoy special requests and scouting around for unique and wonderful treasures. If there's anything that you want, if there's anything I can do, just call on me and I'll send it along with love from Greece to you.

Warm wishes,

Sandra

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*We lost our olive grove to a wildfire on August 30, 2015 and are looking for new digs

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Shop members
  • Sandra

    Owner, Photographer, Creator

  • Giannis

    Maker, Art Director

  • Nora

    Muse, Wellness Coordinator

  • Aristotelis

    Branch Manager

  • Apostolos

    Master Craftsman, Collaborator

Shop policies

Last updated on March 15, 2016

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Shipping
We gladly combine shipping costs whenever possible and automatically refund the difference for shipping overages. Combined shipping is not available for our Greek Village Salad Sets due to constraints of the Hellenic Postal Service.

Photographic prints, pillow covers, totes, and clocks will be mailed within 3-8 business days. Shipping usually takes an additional 4-8 days within the USA and 1-3 weeks for international destinations.

Items that ship from Greece are sent via priority international which has fixed rates based on weight and a delivery time of 8-21 business days, if there are no delays in customs. This shipping option does not include a tracking number. It Is important to note that delays in customs can increase the time needed for your item to arrive.

International orders may be subject to additional customs charges and taxes. The purchase price does not reflect these charges as they are applied at the time of arrival by the customs office that receives them. For more information on import taxes, please contact your local customs office directly. All customs charges and taxes are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Refunds and Exchanges
Should any problems arise with the delivery of your order or the condition of the item upon arrival, just let us know and we'll do whatever we can to make sure you are satisfied. We want you to be happy with your purchase and we are here to help!

Photographic prints and photographic products (clocks, totes, and pillow covers) are custom-made in partnership with an outside company. These are refundable if you are not 100% satisfied. In that case, the item may be returned for an exchange or a refund, depending on your preference. The replacement or refund will be issued upon receipt of the returned item.
Additional policies and FAQs
All of our artwork is photographed in natural light to capture the colors as accurately as possible. However, due to differences in computer monitor settings, the true color of the item may vary slightly from the photos in the listing.

Our images of pillows, clocks, rugs, and tote bag are examples of how the finished product will look. (These items don't exist until they are custom ordered.) We design them using our original photographs and they are printed, fabricated, and shipped from the United States by a company with whom we work closely.

If you're looking for something special that we might be able to find or create for you, or if you have any questions at all, just ask. We'd love to hear from you!