Paper Jewelry by Nikoletta Andreadi Studio AN
A wonderful part of our job here at the studio is to get to know creative people worldwide who are paper lovers like us and who create stunning pieces out of this humble material.
Nikoletta Andreadi, graduate of a graphic arts and interior decoration school, runs her Studio AN in Athens, Greece and she was so kind to talk to us about her passion.
Nikoletta Andreadi: “Since I was a little girl, I loved handicraft. As I was growing up I started experimenting with different materials and I made various pieces of jewelry. (…) I had never thought about creating jewelry out of paper until one day while I was cooking, I took a piece of baking paper in my hands and started playing with it. I ended up holding paper beads in my hands. These beads became a necklace and I thus started the exploration of paper, handmade paper, paper twines etc.”
Nikoletta Andreadi: “With the handmade twines I now make, necklaces, baskets and various artifacts and objects. The world of paper is magical to me with infinite possibilities. The colours, its different textures and its processing is every time a wonderful journey for me.”
And of course there are always funny anecdotes with customers when your material of choice is paper:
“A lady bought a necklace but she couldn’t believe that it was made out of paper. After a long time I saw her at the entrance of my studio standing there laughing, and then she explained to me why: “I took the necklace home and despite your assurances I continued to believe that it is not made out of paper. So, I rinsed it with water but nothing happened to it. I thought it is not paper. I showed it to a friend and she agreed with me. We then tried to burn the edge of a twine with a lighter and it started burning”. She took the necklace out of her bag and showed to me the burnt edge of the twine. We both started laughing. “It’s beautiful and durable. I will not try to burn it again”.”
Visit Nikoletta’s studio in the heart of Athens (10 Panepistimiou Ave.) and find her pieces online and at the Benaki Museum.