Maria Eftychi-Degrade Line Necklace

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(Excerpt) Interview with Maria Eftychi : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Maria Eftychi : I always had this idea about a color degrade line that sits around your neck and when i started working with paper I realized it was a great material to experiment with this notion. The thin thickness of the material allows the gradual merge between different colors. The Degrade Line is the combination of two different collections of Design m.e the FOLD and the DEGRADE. The DEGRADE was obviously related to this gradual color merge while the FOLD is a series of jewels related to the geometrical structure and the action of folding pieces of paper to craft the final pieces. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Maria Eftychi : The main focus was to succeed a smooth geometrical merge and to found a suitable finishing that would suit this specific design. The coral ball in the finishing part, brings back a touch of red and a similar sense of volume as the rest of the piece. The golden plated silver clasp remained classical keeping its practicality in the usage. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Maria Eftychi : I would like to create an extended collection based on 'Degrade Lines' with different color merges and promote it through all the opportunities that the A' Design Awards offer. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Maria Eftychi : As I said the 'Degrade Line' Necklace is a combination of two existing collections which took 6 months to come to life fully. After that the specific design concept was a natural outcome and it took a week for the design and crafting, and one more week testing the best finishing part for it. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Maria Eftychi : It was a combination in fact. The initial first piece was from a client who was asking me for an order. That specific order was from the FOLD series but it was not possible to remake because it was made from a very specific recycled paper. She then told me that she trusted me to make something similar with tones of blue. I took the initiative to pursuit the 'degrade line' inspiration and i created a similar piece to the awarded one but in tones of dark and blue, turquoise etc. The finishing piece inspired me to create more and one of them was the awarded piece. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Maria Eftychi : Currently I am designing and crafting the jewels myself, but i would like to systematize more my production process for the future development. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Maria Eftychi : I got intrigued to design and craft something out of all this paper waste i experience everyday. Design m.e was born like this. The particular design evolved through experimentation of folding and merging different paper pieces. The extremely thin thickness of paper for me was very challenging because it is where the fragility but also all the charm and flexibility comes from. The way you can mix the colors reminds me the way a paint brush is mixing colors, with a very high resolution. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Maria Eftychi on Degrade Line Necklace at ]

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