HANDCRAFTED UNCOMMON JEWELS
OF BEAUTY AND POWER

BY

SOPHIA GEORGIOPOULOU
IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA

WELCOME TO KOSMIMATA

I am Sophia Georgiopoulou of Kosmimata and I design and hand fabricate uncommon jewels in high karat gold, silver and other inspiring materials.


 

KOSMIMATA SHOP

My pieces are sold through my online shop or by appointment at my Seattle studio. Please visit the Diary for weekly updates!

DIARY: A SENSE OF BEAUTY

This  Diary is where I share my thoughts about jewelry making, news from my bench and my pieces, as they evolve from ideas into metal.


my garden studio

I create my pieces in my garden studio in a leafy suburb in Seattle, Washington. 
The studio is the small garden cottage the previous owners used as a potting shed.
The moment I saw it, I knew it would be ideal for me.
 I work surrounded by huge rhododendrons, three tall elms, azaleas, hydrangeas and fragrant rose bushes.

My work days are brightened by the visits of a plushy and well-fed squirrel
I have named Gigantor and his shy mate.
A pair of beautiful Steller's jays nest in the elms and
three naughty chipmunks are constantly at the bird feeders hanging from the trees.
Sometimes at night, when I hammer on metal or file silver,
a curious raccoon comes and stands at the glass doors looking inside.

This is my haven, away from the hectic bustle of life outside.
The colors, the smells and the sounds of nature make it a perfect retreat.
Here I meditate, think, draw and translate into metal what I find beautiful in the world.

 

LIFE IN AND OUT OF THE STUDIO


FROM INSPIRATION TO KOSMIMATA

I tried to think of words to explain how my pieces come into being but I was not very successful.
So I gathered images that show directly and powerfully the worlds my jewelry comes from and lives in.
A piece might start as a drawing on paper or chiseled directly onto gold or silver sheet and then pierced or domed.
As it progresses, it might change direction and instead of a necklace become a pair of earrings.
Gemstones speak for themselves as they gather the metal around them,
giving meaning to form..

I am always exploring the rounded, three-dimensional hollow form that
has motion and is self-sufficient. My work constantly calls upon similar shapes
made by the ancient goldsmiths of the East, tracing a link to the long line of makers that came before me.

My pieces are meant to be worn, enjoyed, touched and handed down to the generations to come.
They are talismans that articulate through their primal forms the unchanging connections
between us and the marvelous world around us.

ARTIFACT AND JEWEL

It is next to impossible to exactly follow the path that inspiration takes
when it translates a fleeting image, sound or smell into something tangible, 
formed of metal and stone.
Below are six examples of jewels I have created, collaged with the art work that inspired them.


 

Client Comments on Kosmimata

 

Welcome to this Diary of my uncommon jewels
that invest their keepers with timeless beauty.
Recorded here are my thoughts about jewelry making,
news from my bench and my pieces, as they evolve from ideas into metal.


online shop

Visit my Online Shop to see all available work.
This shop is the only venue through which I sell my work
other than by appointment at my Seattle studio. 


From July 8th, 2015 to October 10th, 2015 I participated in the #The100DayProject. 
As my chosen task, I decided to return to drawing with discipline and determination.
For the better part of four decades, drawing and painting
had been a part of my daily life.
In the last few years though, especially after our move from Athens, Greece,
to Seattle, Washington, drawing had taken a second place to jewelry making.
And so I created one drawing every day, used paper,
chalk, parchment, pencil, ink and watercolor,
learned to delight in drawing again and explored anew
the hidden beauty of the world.

There is a infinite closeness
between idea, drawing and realization of the form in metal.

Please visit the One 100 Drawings Collection
in the footer below
and see the way perception works
through the hands of the individual artist.