Merianou Vasiliki lives the last 10 years in Lugano, Switzerland, born 1979 in Athens and grew up in Corfu. She completed her studies in Management Health and Welfare Units by working for several years in this subject. But her great love for paper in any form and the need to create with her hands has prompted her to design and create unique paper jewelry and pieces of decoration.
The texture and smell of the paper is a source of inspiration and creativity for her, she experiments on it and creates or discovers various techniques that often impress her without worrying about whether or not they exist, what keeps being self-taught is the feeling of satisfaction and the joy that gives her a sheet of paper. In the last year she decided to take a professional career by taking part in various small exhibitions.
She calls paper art, passionate about the unique properties of paper and creates jewels of 100% natural paper (Lokta paper jewelry). She puts recycling into her art by transforming the magazines into unique jewelry (project from recycled magazines). Books new, black and white, colorful, full of information and feelings are trapped in every unique jewelry and the secret life of jewelry is created, combines all kinds of paper and processes them and creates unique decorative paper pieces. For each piece it creates, it takes time to make it unique not only from the material that consists of the meticulous work, but because inside it there is a passion for its art.
Q: You are a self-taught artist, how hard was for you as a beginner?
A: It is quite difficult I can tell, because you can have the passion for creation and the inspiration but in general you don’t have the basic key that is no other than the technique, so you encounter enough difficulties until you accomplish your work. (Of course, you are prouder)
Q: You completed your studies in Management Health and Welfare Units, what attracted you to be a handmade artist?
A: I completed my studies of health and I worked in this but within me I was never 100% given this job. But the handmade was the one that surrounded me I always felt great, joy and enthusiasm when I was putting my stroke to something ready I did something, whatever it was.
Q: Tell us about Switzerland, is art more recognizable than in Cyprus?
A: Each of the two countries has similar influences in terms of art. Either because of its history or its geographical location. Without having lived in Cyprus and having personal experience, I believe that art is equally recognizable from both countries, perhaps with some minor variants
Q: Why you chose paper art?
A: The paper has always been important to me in any form of this so simple thing that a piece of paper you can give it to shape always intrigued me. One-day walking in the old town of Lugano I found a shop that sold only handmade paper I stayed in the hours, it was enough. That’s how they started all.
Q: What inspires you the most?
A: I would say that its texture, its smell and its color are the basis, all the rest are stimuli and pictures of everyday life that push me to create
Q: What are your future ambitions?
A: I would like to continue to enrich my knowledge in relation to paper, continue to participate in great Art First exhibitions presenting my art, anticipating love and the response of the world.