Greece (2009-2012)

In 2009, I became a citizen of Greece (specifically the Ionian Island of Kythera). For six months however, I lived on Corfu (Κέρκυρα) where my grandmother on my maternal side originated from. Having been born in Australia and lived most of my years in Brisbane - all i knew about being Greek at the time was through my grandmother, Marika Comninus (Molin).

With no knowledge of greek or family in Corfu, I moved to the island on the west coast of Greece, found a flat and job in Corfu town. I lived and worked for the summer season taking one day a week to explore every inch of her island to grow an understanding of my grandmother and myself.

Once I left Greece in October 2009, I moved back to London for a short term before getting a job as a tour guide on the Cycladic islands in Greece. I spent a further three summers living on various islands around Greece taking many travellers around Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Ios, Delphi, Arachova, Meteora and of course, Athens. 

Although I didn't have much tools or a jewellery studio with me at this time - I still gathered many textures from the coastline of various islands. I went diving on Corfu, Ios and Zakynthos at every opportunity. I snorkelled in Paros and from this time, I rediscovered a love of sea urchins. In Greece, we eat urchins. Crack them open fresh from the ocean, squeeze some lemon and scrape out the orange goodness with some bread. I have continued to collect urchins here in Tasmania as they wash up after a storm on the many beaches around the island.

My time in Greece reconfirmed my love of island life. A love of the ocean and being surrounded by a coastline. Ever since returning to Australia in 2013, I have continued to focus on the fragments washed up along shorelines of Tasmania.