In a city, that is rightfully proud of its uniqueness, discovering creative people with morals and depth is a small burst of happiness...
For those who do not know her personally, Lydia Sarakinioti is "a creator of handmade jewelry" and owner of the "Ex Nihilo" since 2017.
Of course, this is a first approach, which, yes, can be enough, as her creations are truly unique and her store is a place that stands out for its aesthetics. But who chooses to stay in the first reading lines, when standing in front of a person, who creates with his hands thus expressing his personal course and worldview?
I arrive at the picturesque "Kotsonopoulou" alley, I loiter gazing at an infant playing with a dog breaking the silence of midday, then rush to Ex Nihilo, so as not to be late for my appointment with Lydia. A while after, I realize that I did everything wrong! It's like I started watching a movie in the middle. As if I lost the beginning of the thread. Then I go out again.
I give myself some time; I observe the corner shop, the doors, the windows, the pale yellow and gray walls, the curves of the vaults, the tranquility of the abstract mood. I focus on "Ex Nihilo" sign on the outside wall, with a red line piercing it, defining it, in the special metal construction that makes it stand out. In the wooden showcases, the jewels seem to speak to me, each one different, special, longed for; they call me before I meet them, to meet their creator.
Originated from Stemnitsa village, having father a jeweler, Lydia left her place of birth to study Technological Civil Engineering and worked on monuments and excavations. After spending time in Patras, Athens, Nafplio, when she wanted to think clearly about what was to come, she returned to Stemnitsa; where her inner quests grow roots from...
She studied at the famous of School of Jewelry, came in contact with nature, with the School, the "trouble" as she particularly says.
Jewelry communicating your desires
Three years ago, Lydia created the "Ex Nihilo" (from point zero), a name inspired by the theory of the philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis. The place constitutes itself a particular concept, which includes the workshop and production, the original materials, the designs, the patterns, the "hearth" of the counter, where she samples, and an element that I love very much: the showcases that open inwards, bringing you in personal contact with each piece of jewelry. From silver 9 25, in plain lines, with sharp and blunt intensity, in ancient forms, with joints, with volume, but also influences from her father, some of whose jewels are here, along with her own.
I bring before me the image of the woman who wears them: a dynamic woman, honest with others, but especially with herself, with temperament, not hiding anywhere, with full awareness of what she wants and how to get it... Is this the woman of Ex Nihilo, Lydia, whom I will meet again some years later? Maybe yes, maybe no. Lydia of the present is more than o.k. for me now, and these wonderful earrings with joints, that I wear and in a magical way make me feel grateful.
Did you know that?
If you are interested in making a particular or personalized jewel or gift, ex. for a wedding or christening, or if you have a plan in mind, Lydia is more than willing to discussing it.
At Ex Nihilo you will also find unique men's jewelry.
"Ex Nihilo" is not just a jewelry store or an exhibition, it is a real workshop! Watch the girls on the artwork, making and forming their unique jewelry on the spot!
All year round
Monday to Saturday 10:00-20:00. Sunday 10:00-18:00.
May to September: 11:00-23:00