I love meeting creators, people who are passionate about their work, whose voice changes when they talk about the details. This is definitely the case with Aris Sotiriou from Neanikon.
I met him at an event the first day I step my foot in Athens last week, where he showed us how he uses his vintage press to make hand-printed paper goodies. In his web shop, you’ll find cards, notebooks and paper banners with a nostalgic aesthetic.
It is amazing how a simple illustration with three colors is printed, each color separately, to create an effortless result. There’s such attention to detail, to he cuts the edges, to the hand-crafted packaging (he makes the boxes on hand as well).
I ended up getting a card and a paper banner. I can’t bring myself to sending the card, so I framed it. When I was at my mother’s, I noticed what drew me to that card to begin with. It looks like a painting from a famous Greek painter, I grew up with. It made such a nice gift to my mother.
I don’t know if I’ll take the banner out of it’s pretty box either. Too pretty. For all stationary lovers, Neanikon is like heaven.
It was such a pleasure to meet Aris and talk about the craftsmanship behind his creations. Til next time…