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When we landed at Schiphol I was already over excited about our 5 day trip to Holland but nothing could prepare me for the moment I set my foot on Amsterdam. It was love at first sight. At first, I was almost shocked by the beauty of this city: the buildings, the parks, the streets, the bikes, the people, everything looked so different from Athens. I was about to discover another universe!
 
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I was more than excited to receive Anke's email asking me to do an interview  for their Circus Blog! Not only because I'd have the chance to talk about EyeCandies, but also because I discovered their "Circus Fashion Bookazine", a fresh project  implemented by the contribution of various bloggers from around the world!

Soon, we'll host a Giveaway for the Circus Fashion Bookazine here in EyeCandies - so you better stay tuned ;)

To read my full interview, click here. Hope you'll enjoy :)
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Hope you all had happy, warm, festive and creative holidays with your family and friends! Let's all wish that the new year brings us all inspiration.

We had family dinners to attend, setting up the tree was a feast and we enjoyed the company of our close friends who visited us. The weather was ideal for cocooning, movies, music and cozy talks!

Santa must have thought I was a good 'girl' this year and brought me my first touch screen mobile (you'd probably laugh if you saw my previous phone haha) and an X BOX 360 (yeah I know I'm over 30 but I can't help myself)! :P
Although I had limited time for shopping, I managed a quick treat for myself with a gorgeous Hiroshige Calendar by Taschen.
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And when I was not working on the blog or stuck in front of the TV trying to make it to the next round of Blur (race game) on X-Box, I enjoyed eating these beauty mini doughnuts - courtesy of our friends! :)

Trust me, they tasted as good as they look!

At this point I want to thank all the creatives that have hosted their creations for a Giveaway on EyeCandies Blog! Except from the Giveaway Section you can now also check them out in the Links Section!
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And of course I can't restrain myself from reminding you to check out the Art, Craft and Photo 2010 Roundups I have prepared! Lists of our Interviews, Theme, Fashion and Deco sections are also on the way so keep an eye ;)
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We made it! EyeCandies Blog is celebrating it's first year online and I can't describe how happy and proud I am! I'd like to thank all my readers for their support and feedback! It's been a long yet exciting journey, filled with color, talent and inspiration! I'd like to thank my fashion editor Magdalena aka GLAM EYE for her fascinating findings in the world of fashion and Dimitra Tzanos for her interesting themed posts!

44 creatives have trusted EyeCandies for organizing their Giveaways! 136 artists, 134 crafters and 135 photographers have been featured in our sections! And trust me, they are all one by one selected! 46 interviews have been hosted and many many more designers are exposed through our themed - fashion and deco posts!

We will keep on searching, discovering and exposing talented people from all around the world and we hope you'll enjoy this inspiring voyage with us!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EYECANDIES BLOG!!!

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The brand new artAZ site has launched and is full of surprises! Access to fresh content is made easier with new navigation tools (art tags, news tags), artists profiles are improved, the news section is more dynamic and a new blog is also integrated! Check it out!
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La.trap shop-gallery
, a beautiful space with gorgeous creations from alternative designers is celebrating it's official opening on Wednesday, 24/11 at 19:30!

[56 Trivonianou Str., Mets, Athens, GR]

on the decks: amateurboyz
on the table: cheese and whine
all around: art and handmade goods
psarokokalo+evrydiki

For more info check out their Facebook Page

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artAZ always organizes fresh art events and The Invasion group exhib is no exception! I really enjoyed the shots from preparing & setting up the space and of course not enough can be said about the awesome participants. Below you'll find the Press Release with all the details plus a small description of the artists. Thumbs up Alexandra and artAZ!
artAZ and THE BOX Gallery present

THE INVASION

Quick Info
Exhibition title: The Invasion
Artists: Esek_one, Pure Evil, Sox, The Krah, Yellowish
Curated by: Alexandra Kollaros
Produced by: artAZ & Box Gallery
Opening: Thursday, October 7 2010, 19:30
Duration: October 7  – November 6 2010
Visiting hours: Monday – Friday, 10:30-15:00 & 17:30-20:30. Saturday, 10:30-15:00
THE BOX Gallery: 6 Apellou St., Navarinou Sq., Thessaloniki, Greece, 2313 050315

Five artists are invading Thessaloniki, in order to celebrate the opening of THE BOX Gallery and introduce the audience to the artistic parallel universe of Street Art, through “The Invasion” exhibition. The exhibition reveals the main codes of the special artistic genre.

Within the frame of the invasion, the artists create images - mental and psychological landscapes – inhabited by symbols and metaphors. Through their works they comment on the stimuli they receive from the urban landscape and at the same time, leave their mark in the city. Via their artistic interventions they are reclaiming the lost space that, by default, belongs to them. Offering a behind the scenes glance to the downright fascinating artistic idiom, the exhibition takes us down subversive paths and unpredictable alleys, full of visual statements that communicate their message to everyone, as they dismiss the unnecessarily pretentious approaches of the mainstream and employ a universal vocabulary instead.

The exhibition is curated by Alexandra Kollaros and produced by artAZ, in association with THE BOX Gallery.

The exhibition will also mark the release of «3 TITS» by The Krah – a limited edition of (50) screen prints, inaugurating the launch of AP by artAZ – a series of collector’s, editioned artworks.

THE ARTISTS

Esek_one keeps wandering through benign nightmares. His mutant, monstrous figures confuse the viewer, simultaneously causing horror and sympathy, combining cynicism with romanticism, in a surreal, almost lyrical mix. Esek_one’s images hit directly on the viewer’s subconscious, awakening desires, fears and feelings that are already rooted in his heart.

Pure Evil, while staying with his posh cousins in the English countryside when he was 10 years old, took a double-barreled shotgun out into the fields, and during a DEERHUNTER game, fired at, and consequently killed, a rabbit. Upon verifying its death he realized that the game was over and things were serious: He had shot and killed a living creature. Despite the family’s great praise (and the rabbits transformation to a pie) the artist felt sick and ashamed. Since then he has felt the fear of retribution and has visions of the dead rabbit coming back to haunt him. The bunny is PURE EVIL. By painting and drawing him he is keeping his memory alive. New interpretations of the Pure Evil Bunny will have their world premiere at the exhibition. 

Although Sox never bothers to watch TV he is obsessed with it. The artist is mesmerized by the enormous effect this primal symbol of technology has on today’s culture and society. Sox’s world has a screen as its starting point but essentially revolves around the human existence. Guided by a sarcastic demeanor and the need to locate elements of romance and creativity in the emotionally sterile contemporary era, he pulverizes urban decay and defines his own perception of reality, by mixing color, images and feelings in his imaginary blender.

The Krah is always exploring his world: a psychedelic mix of bio-organic forms, multilayered hi-techstructures, mutoid figures lurking on the edges of consciousness, high color and energy – a fantastic and ambiguous field where everything is possible. Abstract tentacle bits, graphic design elements, patterns that remind of hieroglyphics of ancient civilisations, masterful detail - they all emerge from an imagination that is working overtime and is fascinated by urban chaos and disorder.

Yellowish’s black & white universe is characterized by extreme surrealism and exhaustive detail. His precise, freakish lines harbor a hidden origin in geometry and they almost always develop organically, as a reaction to the various stimuli he perceives. His automated visual script transports us to an imaginary timespace, which might be mistaken as dreamy but is instead inhabited by myriads of unexpected exotic creatures and abundant suggestions of nightmares.

artAZ
artAZ (www.artaz.gr) is an art platform for the promotion of contemporary art.
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Event takes place in Athens, Greece

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Press Release:

Fashion Under Construction Festivalwelcomes you for the very first time this October, Sunday 31, from 14:00 until midnight at Six D.o.g.s. (Avramiotou 6 – 8 Monastiraki, Athens, Greece).

25 alternative fashion Greek designers & artists will be presenting their brand new collections for autumn – winter 2010-11.

Come join us and discover unconventional clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags, biological cosmetics and decorative objects which will make you and your space special as well.

As a special treat to all our quests a free Fashion Finger Food deli buffet has been arranged.

For more information:
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www.sixdogs.gr
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Press Release:

Pillbox
makes a dynamic start this autumn with Pillbox Bazaar Vol. III
Find us on 16th & 17th of October at Art House, to see the latest trends in clothes & accessories created from the most talented people of the city and new ideas from more than 30 creators & artists & to listen to fresh music sounds.

On Saturday and Sunday we will be there from 15:00 until midnight ... with Handmade Jewellery, Purses from Recycled Material, Books, Leather Accessories, Silver Creations, Paintings, Accessories made from Old Objects, Vinyl Disks that convert into Jewellery, Purses made from Magazines, Sweet Home-Baked Jewellery, Vintage Sunglasses worn with style, Plexiglass Jewellery, Multi-coloured Creations, Sculpture, Remixed T-shirts and many more Inspired Creations.

Fashion Workshops from moda!rt will be there also! So, bring your clothes to totally change them and decorate them with style.

Also, Pimp My Style comes along with live eccentric haidos on Saturday. On Sunday, Pimp My Style will perform live hairdos to the bold ones, who will have only one harido wish. What will be yours?

Don't miss Pillbox Bazaar Vol. III (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Free entrance

Information: 6948071243 & 2310263080

Find us on facebook: Pillbox

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