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Anassa hosts multi-dimensional handicraft project ‘Craftland’

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Craftland, a project relating to Cypriot handicraft and its future prospects, has taken shape at Anassa hotel on the initiative of Thanos Hotels & Resorts and the Cyprus Handicraft Service.

The multi-dimensional project, developed and curated by Christos Kyriakides, aims to boost handcrafting by exploring how to preserve the difficult, time-consuming craftwork tradition, in the digital age.

The Craftland exhibition opened on June 24 with the participation of more than 30 local designers and artists, who displayed creations crafted using traditional processes, such as embroidering, weaving, leatherwork, metal, gold, and silversmithing, basketry, woodworking, glasswork and pottery.

Visitors enjoyed live performances by sound artists Maria Spivak and Androulla Kafa, and also took part in creative workshops, to make their own creations under the guidance of experienced artisans.

Project curator Kyriakides said he was happy the project had been showcased with such harmony at the hotel’s premises, and noted that “the prospects of Cypriot handicraft can be inexhaustible”.

“Therefore, I am thinking of setting up, in the future, a path of discovery made up of refined but dynamic applications of traditional handicraft in contemporary art,” he added.

For his part, Trade, Industry, and Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary, Marios Panayides, said “it is an excellent exhibition, which essentially fuses the old with the new, and provides an opportunity to promote the work of Cypriot handicraft that is not only tradition, but also the future.”

Panayides also praised Kyriakides’ talent and the masterful way with which he had presented the artwork.

The Craftland exhibition and Cypriot handicraft shop on the premises of the Anassa hotel will be open to the public until October 7, 2022.

Artists taking part in the exhibition are: Elysia Athanatos, Valentinos Charalambous, Vasos Demetriou, Alexandra Hadjikyriakou, Elina Ioannou, Soteris Kallis, Katerina Kana, Fanos Kyriakou, Ioanna Louka, Malvina Middleton, Melina Soukouroglou, Nicos Taliadoros, Leontios Toumbouris, and Marina Xenofontos

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