More and more, I am inspired to dress like my surroundings, rich in shades of blue and a tradition of craftmanship. Also, tassels. I didn’t know what I was missing until I saw them on these little guys. Photo by Sara Wallach.
Jeans, Cheap Monday. Shoes, J.Crew. Chambray shirt, vintage Brooks Brothers. Tee, American Vintage. Scarf from Angel’s, Paroîkia. Woven leather belt in navy, from Jet Black, Paroîkia. Homespun bread bag, made by Maria. Gold Bangle, Bailey’s Jewelry.
I’m always impressed by the way that my classmate, Sara, works in series when she photographs. So, I’m borrowing her idea and trying it out on one of Greece’s most iconic figures, the windmill. They dot the islands in various states of disrepair and are positively surreal, liked displaced migrants from another era, squatting on land that they no longer understand. Imagine parking your car next to one of these on your way to work each day. It seems so strange to me, the integration of ruins into modern life, but I suppose to a Greek, these 19th and 20th century mills aren’t really that old relative to everything else in the country. There are so many layers to life here. These photos are of mills in the town of Marpisa on Paros, and in the main harbor of Antiparos, our island neighbor.
Where to begin telling you about my classmate, Monique…
Let me start by explaining that Monique is a native Rhode Islander who came to the Aegean Center as a student in the 1970’s and never left. She and her family run a ceramics studio on the island (Studio YRIA), have an incredibly chic interior design shop in town, and recently restored a beautiful house in Paroîkia just around the corner from me. I popped by on Good Friday to photograph her home while Monique made Pascha cookies, a traditional Greek recipe she learned from her mother-in-law involving sesame, fennel and cardamom, which went wonderfully with a cup of Greek coffee! I absolutely love the space that she has created with all its subtle earth tones, ample light, and modern restraint that was softened here and there by something fuzzy/squashy and comfy, or punctuated by a well placed, delicate antique. She sees the potential for every aspect of life to be aesthetically considered, that even the most functional spaces, outfits and objects can be opportunities for careful thought and playful design. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about her on Hope State, but until then, be sure to visit her website, and if you are in the New York area, Yria’s line of octopus earthenware has just been picked up by Dean and Deluca’s, so keep your eyes out for them.