AegeanEssences

authentic tastes of the Greek isles

Mytilene, Greece 641 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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AegeanEssences

authentic tastes of the Greek isles

Mytilene, Greece | 641 Sales

Sandra Triantafyllou

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Sandra Triantafyllou

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    Announcement    Greetings! We've been on a hiatus, living off-grid on a wild seashore in a little stone hut (for the experience). Formerly known as Aeolia, we're back on Etsy but with a new shop. If you're interested in something from our archives (sold items), please don't hesitate to inquire. We might be able to conjure it up again. You can visit us at our new shop too: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OhTheWaterCo

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    Last updated on Nov 5, 2019

    Greetings! We've been on a hiatus, living off-grid on a wild seashore in a little stone hut (for the experience). Formerly known as Aeolia, we're back on Etsy but with a new shop. If you're interested in something from our archives (sold items), please don't hesitate to inquire. We might be able to conjure it up again. You can visit us at our new shop too: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OhTheWaterCo

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    About AegeanEssences

    Sales 641
    On Etsy since 2011

    With Love from Greece to You

    We're an Alaskan/Greek couple living a simple life in a small village on the Greek island of Lesvos. We grow most of our own food and produce organic rain-fed olive oil in our high mountain permaculture farm.*

    Creativity 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.

    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 make our creations from materials we gather, grow, forage, 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.

    *We lost most of our olive trees to a wildfire on August 30, 2015 but there's a silver lining. Our olive grove is now a gigantic wild herb garden. :)

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    Shop members

    • Sandra

      Owner, Wildcrafter, Distiller

    • Giannis

      Owner, Shipper, Wildcrafter

    • Nora

      Muse, Wellness Coordinator

    • Suzanna

      Loyal Follower

    Production partners

    • Society6

      United States

      Our original designs are printed and assembled in the USA and shipped directly from our production partner.

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