6 Greek fashion brands which pay homage to the street style culture

Here on Escape Karma we are excited every time we spot Greek Fashion Brands which have to display remarkable work!Today we introduce you six of them,renowned for their street style cultural dimension while we meet on their collections unisex clothes and among their fans are all the cool boys and girls of the country.Let’s meet them!

Hard.Clo, The Progressive Brand

Hard.clo is a George Mesimeris visual project,as a young Athens-based fashion stylist he had the ability to feel the beat of his own city and the emotional intelligence to see through the multicultural population we meet in the centre of Athens.His brand is not only about fashion but it has a humanitarian and cultural approach,as it supports the inalienable right of someone’s unique identity,cultural background and freedom of using his own language,respecting by this way the immigrants and refugees who came in Greece the past few years.Its signature is the English words written in Cyrillic alphabet.Their moto is be a storyteller ,we couldn’t agree more!

You can shop Hard.Clo here and follow them on Instagram.

HVNT clo ,The original Street Culture Brand

Hvnt clo is a brand also based in Athens Greece and more specific in the area of Galatsi.The past few years they have been sharing their authentic and street culture aesthetic by providing and manufacturing high quality products.They draw inspiration by the daily life of independent and unique people also from art,music and fashion.Their signature design style is minimalistic and timeless.Recently they collaborated with Karavan,a female fashion brand and the outcome is a mixture of the simplicity HVNT demonstrates with the colourful patterns Karavan has been releasing so far.

You can shop HVNT clo and their collaboration with Karavan here and follow them on Instagram.

For Karavan X HVNT viist here also and follow them on Instagram.

Vathos Apparel,The Ethical Brand

Vathos Apparel is another Greek Fashion Brand based also in Athens but their philosophy is eco-friendly and they focus on sustainability by being responsible towards the society.Their collections spans from womenswear and accessories to unisex apparel.Their main goal is to reduce the ecological footprint and raise awareness on the environmental impact of fashion by choosing carefully environmental friendly materials and has as a priority the responsibility towards humanity and the ecosystem.Their lines are simple but the quality remains indisputable.

You can shop Vathos Appareal here and follow them on Instagram.

Hackney,The Dreamers from the North brand

We switching location and from Athens we transfer ourselves to the North and more specifically to Thessaloniki,Greece.Hackney is a Greek Fashion brand based in Thessaloniki established by two young friends and as they manifest their collections are products of their wildest dreams.Their apparel are oriented towards male and female alternative young people.On their collection we are able to spot references to Japan and manga culture as well to tattoo art too.

You can shop Hackney clothing here and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Ruckers,The athletic and street brand

Ruckers Athletic Street Dept is another excellent sample of Greek uprising fashion brands.If you are a basketball fan you have already made the link between the name of the brand and the famous Rucker court in Harlem.The street culture and people who strive and never give up inspire them also.Their mission is to design products which correspond to great quality and performance.

You can shop through their Facebook shop here and follow them on Instagram.

OHET,The handmade streetwear brand

Last but not least we introduce you the OHET brand which have been providing Athenian handmade apparel.As the previous ones it addressed to boys and girls who are willing to make the difference,their collection spans from cool and minimal T-shirts,to crewnecks and hoodies in a nice arrangement of colours and also to bucket hats.You will be able to spot their reference on tattoo art on some of their products too.Their authenticity is distinct through their collection.

You can shop OHET clothes here and follow them on Instagram.

We support people who are innovative,who has a cultural background and who are willing tobreak the rules in order to make their own.Our applause to all the brands we mentioned above!If you own any items of them,don’t hesitate and send us your photos!We will upload on our Instagram account and we will tag you!

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Dairy-free chocolate cream mini tarts,Hara Korakaki share with us one of her favourite recipes

Are you craving something sweet and full of chocolate but at the same time you follow vegan or sugar-free diet?Hara Korakaki have the solution for you.Dairy-free (vegan 100%) and sugar-free chocolate cream mini tarts.As she stated this is one of her favourite recipes.

chocolates and raspberries
Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

Recipe

(serves 4)

For the base

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil

For the filling:

  • 90gr dark chocolate 
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 7 pitted medjool dates 
cocoa powder with powdered sugar in glass jars
Photo by Jess Bailey Designs on Pexels.com

Place the ingredients for the base in a high-speed blender and mix until well combined. Mixture will be sandy. Separate the mixture into four tart pans (reserve some for topping) and form the base by pressing firmly onto the bottom using your fingers. Refrigerate and continue with the filling. Add dates and milk in a high-speed blender and blend until a smooth mixture is formed. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave and add in the blender. Mix for a few more seconds. Fill each cooled tart with the chocolate cream and top with the remaining base mixture and extra melted dark chocolate (if you want). Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

Photo Hara Korakaki

Another delicious and guilty-free recipe from Hara Korakaki!Now it’s your turn to try it!

Follow Hara’s Foodblog here.

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Lana Del Rey unveiled music video for “Chemtrails over the country club”,a song of her upcoming album with the same name

snapshot from Lana Del Rey’s videoclip

On January 11th Lana Del Rey shared online her new video clip for “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”,after the delay related to Covid-19,and gave her fans a glimpse on her upcoming 7th in a row music album.The album will finally be released on March 19.On Sunday Land also revealed the cover of the album and the track list on Instagram.

The cover of the upcoming album from Lana Del Rey’s Instagram

The aesthetic of the cover is a mixture of 50’s style with a sense of Gatsby 20’s era.

The Tracklist of the album

1.White Dress
2. Chemtrails Over the Country Club
3. Tulsa Jesus Freak
4. Let Me Love You Like a Woman
5. Wild at Heart
6. Dark But Just a Game
7. Not All Who Wander Are Lost
8. Yosemite
9. Breaking Up Slowly
10. Dance Till We Die
11. For Free (Joni Mitchell Cover)

In her new clip Lana Del Rey offers her particular aesthetic,as we have also seen on her previous cover albums and videos,the America feeling of the past decades and her love for vintage cars.In “Chemtrails over the Country Club” she drives a cherry red vintage Mercedes convertible so carefree,although she wears a crystal mesh face mask which Del Rey was criticized for wearing around fans(after the ballyhoo she stated that there was a protective plastic layer behind the mask).

In the video clip her best friends from real life also participating,Lana meets them and they have fun in the swimming pool and around the Country club wearing their pearls.But suddenly while she is driving a tornado like the one in Wizard of Oz film strikes and the scenery starting turning wild.

scene from the Wizard of Oz movie 1939

Lana and her friends turn into werewolves,while they lavish their wild instincts and a darker side of themselves.The scenery has also changed,they are in the middle of the night,not on the country club but in a forest,while the moon is full and they howling to it.The reference is clear,Lana and most of her best friends belong to the sign of Cancer(same as mine) and Cancer’s planet ruler is the moon.In the lyrics she sings “Baby, what’s your sign?
My moon’s in Leo, my Cancer is sun”.

I am not going to discuss the ballyhoo after the release and Lana statements about her circle of friends.She has been criticized once again,but if you have studied her thoroughly,watch her steps,read her lyrics and poems and have a clear image of her aesthetic and personality as I do you don’t need to be confused with the controversies on her video clip neither from the comments she made.Anyway Lana is for those who really “get her” and hopefully I am one of those.Let’s stick to her enchanting aesthetics,her beautiful lyrics and her delightful song.

Lyrics from Brooklyn babe song,Lana Del Rey

Well, I don’t care what they think
Drag racing my little red sports car
I’m not unhinged or unhappy, I’m just wild

I’m on the run with you, my sweet love
There’s nothing wrong contemplating God
Under the chemtrails over the country club
We’re in our jewels in the swimming pool
Me and my sister just playing it cool
Under the chemtrails over the country club

Lyrics from “Chemtrails over the Country Club”

The album was set to release in 2020 but due to pandemic related matters it was delayed.In October Lana dropped another track from the upcoming Album “Let me Love you Like a Woman” .

In September also she dropped her first book of poems,Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass available here.

Late night TV, I want you on me

Like when we were kids under chemtrails and country clubs

It’s never too late, baby, so don’t give up

It’s never too late, baby, so don’t give up

You’re in the wind, I’m in the water

Nobody’s son, nobody’s daughter

Watching the chemtrails over the country club

Those were the latest news on Lana Del Rey’s music,until the release of the full album.She has been on my periscope from her first years and I really love and “tune in” to her aesthetic of America of the past decades with the contemporary essence,and her lyristic approach romantic and at the same time slang and a mixture of rap culture.Soon I will publish an article on some of my favourite lyrics,quotes and poems of her.Stay tuned!

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

A special photoshooting edition for NOMAS,Moscow Issue

I would like to thank Lina Stefanou for sending me as a gift the Moscow issue of Nomas Magazine with my order of Nomas 13,as their first reader from the region of Kilkis,Greece.Me and my collaborator and photographer,Panos Kadigkos,conceived the idea and the concept of an honorary photoshooting.I had to surpass one of my biggest fears,that of a fire, but we managed to accomplish it.

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

Photo Panos Kadigkos

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

And some photos from the Backstage

You can shop the issue here.

Hope that you will find interesting our approach !

Photographer:Panos Kadigkos

Model:Eleni Kadigkou

Art direction Panos Kadikgos and Eleni Kadigkou.

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

How do you define time?An ode to Nomas Magazine,13th issue about time

Are you aware of the definition of the word nomad?Nomas magazine redefines the meaning in an artistic,alternative and lyricist approach.For 12 consecutive issues the magazine dedicated it’s covers and its content to cities around the world,it offered us its unique perception of hidden gems through photography,art and writing all well combined into a cultural mix to make us feel the need to travel and have a more deeper look on the places we visit.

Nomas Issue No11 on the left,Issue No10 the anniversary one on the right

But Issue no 13,a number not accidental at all,was published under totally different conditions due to the pandemic,the restrictions on travelling and the confinement and isolation at home.What also changed in Nomas latest issue is the title and the content,their theme is Time and its association with art.The latest issue offers a deep dive into the contemporary art world with artworks related to time,existing ones or projects the magazine asked the artists to create.

Some of our favourites here on E.K.

From left to right 1.Ariana Papademetropoulos (courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery) 2.Maria Hassabi,Dusseldorf 2018(courtesy The Breeder, Athens) 3.Wolfgang Tillmans,Zero Gravity IV,2001 4.Pantelis Chandris,Fossils (commissioned for NOMAS magazine) 5.Mike Kelley,Brown Star 1991(Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts/Osdeete,Greece; photo Nie Tenwiggenhor) 6.Alexis Vassilikos,Fountain 2019,courtesy of Can Christina Androulidaki Gallery)

But beside the contribution of the Greek and international artists,among them the legends Maurizio Cattelan and Jeff Koons,this journey across the contemporary art accomplished thank to the participation of the DESTE Foundation of Dakis Joannou and the artistic director of the New Museum in New York Massimiliano Gioni.In its pages you will discover new lands and you will visit new places but this time the journey is imaginary through Art,texts and interesting interviews among the highlights is the interview of my personal favourite Greek conductor with an international career Teodor Currentzis.

Here our artistic approach on the NOMAS 13.The photographer,Panos Kadigkos captured the images and also assisted me on the art direction.

“Listen, speech is old age’s wisdom And time fiery sculptor of men And the sun hanging over as a beast of hope And you, closer to it ,tighten some love Having a bitter taste of tempest on the lips.”

Marina of the Rocks,Odysseas Elytis

Photo,Panos Kadigkos

To think of time—of all that retrospection!

To think of to-day, and the ages continued henceforward!

To think of time , Walt Whitman
Photo,Panos Kadigkos

Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future,

And time future contained in time past.

If all time is eternally present

All time is unredeemable.

What might have been is an abstraction

Remaining a perpetual possibility

Only in a world of speculation.

What might have been and what has been

Point to one end, which is always present.

T.S. Eliot

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

Pink Floyd ,Time

Photo,Panos Kadigkos

Backstage photo ,Eleni Kadigkou

Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam

And admit that the waters around you have grown

And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth saving

Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times, they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan,The times they are A-changin’

Within you,your years are growing; within me, my years are prowling.Time is resolute,we do not hear it toll; it grows and roams within us,it appears,a bottomless well,ln our gaze, at the corner of your burnt-chestnut eyes a filamentthe course of a diminutive river,a shooting star streaking toward your lips.Time adds its threads to your hair, but in my heart your honeysuckle fragrance is living fire. It is beautiful,as we have done, to grow old living life to the full. Each day was transparent stone, each night for us an inky rose,so this wrinkle on your face, or mine, is a stone, a flower,the memory of the lightning’s flash. My eyes have burned out in your beauty, but you are my eyes.I perhaps exhausted your breasts beneath my kisses, but the world knows your secret splendor in my happiness. Love, what does it matter that time, the very time that raised two flames, two waving heads of wheat, my body and your gentleness, tomorrow will hold them safe or mill the grain, and with those same unseen fingers erase the identities that separate us,giving us the final victory of being one beneath the ground. Pablo Neruda,Ode to Time

Backstage Photo, Panos Kadigkos while shooting

In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come. It does come. But it comes only to those who are patient, who are there as if eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly silent and vast. I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything!Rainer Maria Rilke,Letters to a young poet

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

In addition because of the fact that I happened to be their first reader of the region Kilkis (currently due to the pandemic I’m staying here until I get back to Athens) they sent me as a gift the Moscow issue.In order to thank them we did a special photoshooting,which would be revealed soon.

You can learn more about Nomas Magazine here shop the issue here and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to read the article.We live in an era where we consume tons of images and with each one feels like time disintegrated,let’s select carefully what to keep and what to discard.

Last one a song by a Greek artist ,Good job Nicky

Steal a lil’ time from me

Make a lil’ time for me

We don’t really ask for much

Grains in the hourglass

Keep dropping down

Keep dropping down

8th January,Good Job Nicky

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Beetroot juice, how to boost your workout in natural way and other benefits

Holidays are over and if you have overdone it with food and alcohol we are here to share some detox tips for you .Our plan includes the beetroot juice for today,a juice that according to scientific studies aids athletes to improve their athletic performance,but its benefits are multiple.

red and black round ornament
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 Beetroot juice has become one of the most popular ergogenic supplements for athletes.Let’s take a look what makes the beet such an athletic nutritional powerhouse.

Beets are a rich source of potent antioxidants, such as vitamin C, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids, along with nitrate.Nitrate is a chemical naturally occurring in certain foods and is converted into nitric oxide when consumed.

Studies indicate vegetables high in nitrate promote improved health and athletic performance.

Drinking beet juice raises nitric oxide levels in your body.Research shows nitric oxide can increase blood flow, improve lung function,and strengthen muscle and contraction.This combination has stimulated athletes to supplement with beet juice for improved cardiorespiratory endurance and performance.The importance of cardiorespiratory fitness for athletes and active adults is essential.This component of physical fitness refers to the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen to working muscles during prolonged exercise.

Nitric oxide (NO) from beet juice helps this process. It is shown to increase cardiorespiratory performance and improve muscle function.

athlete bike black and white cycle
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According to a small 2012 studyTrusted Source,drinking beet juice increases plasma nitrate levels and boosts physical performance.

During the study, trained cyclists who drank 2 cups of beet juice daily improved their 10-kilometer time trial by approximately 12 seconds. At the same time, they also reduced their maximum oxygen output.

The dose given to them did not exceed ½ litter of beetroot juice and the time of taking it should be 3 hours before the beginning of the exercise.As it is known the nitrate reaches the highest levels in the plasma 2-3 hours after taking it and remains in high levels for about 6-9 hours.

Other Benefits

  • Helps Lower Blood Pressure
  • May slow the progression of dementia
  • Good source of potassium
  • Good source of other minerals
  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Supports liver
  • May Reduce Cholesterol

By adding beetroots in your diet and especially if you consume them raw you can take full advantage of the multiple benefits they offer.The bloody-red vegetable is full of antioxidants and you can combine it with other veggies or fruits.

Recipe

(serves 1)

  • 3 normal size beetroots
  • 2 carrots (optional)
  • 1 green apple (optional)
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

Run the ingredients through a juicer, alternatively blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth. Strain and drink immediately.

Note

Keep in mind that if your purpose is to improve your exercise stamina you should drink it 2-3 hours before you begin .

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

As from my experience,since I don’t drink it very often I haven’t ascertain if it boosts my workout but for sure helps decrease the abdominal bulking.

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

For more information you can check some of the sources that I came across to help me complete the article Verywellfit.com and healthline.com

If you have any question,suggestion,or if you are willing to try the beetroot juice let me know!

Photos of the article: Panagiotis Kadigkos

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

What does it mean to Be a woman today ? A video directed and written by Ainsley Hutchence ans produced by sticks and stones agency .

On November 8th the Sticks and Stones agency released a video titled we are woman , written and directed by the curator of the magazine Ainsley Hutchence . My very first thought it was to share it with you because we are woman and we should empower and support each other , we deserve respect and equality .

Here I quote Ainsley Hutchence’s words on the video she created :”This woman army is made up of my incredible boss friends here in QLD, Australia and not paid models.More diversity would of course been wonderful.This video is speaking from my own experiences.Being a woman these days means we can take all different paths and definitely does not need to include having babies.This is a simply reminder that women bring life into the world.Woman who chose not to or cannot have babies deserve the same respect!EQUALITY!”

Sticks and Stones agency on Instagram

Video also available on Youtube

We are women. We are women. We are not birds. We are not chicks. We are not pigs or cows or dogs or any kind of farm animal. We are not bitches or nags or psycho, or hysterical. We are not bimbos or slags or tramps or sluts or tarts or whores or cougars. We are sisters & we daughters. We grow up in a world that teaches us that being nice & polite is more important than having a voice & a point of view.

We learn to listen more than to speak, to compromise & agree more than to argue. We learn that we add value to this world through the way that we look .And are expected to live by the impossible beauty handbook. One that relentlessly reminds us for the rest of our lives, our value in this world is measured by our looks, not our drive. One day we notice blood in our underwear, and for the next 40 years we will learn how to surrender, to the cramps, sore breasts, fatigue, headaches, bleeding, Joint & muscle pain, anxiety, acne outbreaks. abdominal bloating, food cravings, constipation & diarrhoea, at the same time. Can someone please explain how you can be constipated & have diarrhoea at the same time?

Sensitivity to light, hot flushes, irritability, anxiety, changes in sleep. Yet we turn up to work as if nothing. We attract the wrong attention. We are taught rape prevention instead of consent “don’t get raped”. We police girls’ behaviour so that they don’t get harmed, and blame girls for “leading boys on”, its just your natural charm. “Boys will be boys” we say. We are exhausted. I mean, the fact that we even have to protest this shit!!! “No” does not mean “convince me”. These boots, this outfit does not mean I’m asking for it. We are scared. We move in packs because it’s safer. We make weapons with our keys as we walk to the car at night & check the back seat. We are harassed when we go to the club, the bar, the gym, to work, the fish & chip store, anywhere at night, the beach, the pool, online, walk past a fucking construction site.

One day we stop bleeding. We become mothers. We give up all the food & drinks we love & grow a new organ. In fact, our whole body changes like a fucking transformer. We give birth & experience pain & love which before now was unheard of. We are amazing employees, but we don’t get paid the same. We don’t get promoted because we might give birth again. We tire of navigating the patriarchy & cut our losses.

We start our own businesses, so we can be the bosses. People are shocked when we reach the top, but that’s not because we are less capable. It’s because we live in a world that was set up for men, where men can succeed & lead & women should support them. So yeah, when we make it we deserve a fucking parade. Look at all the shit we dealt with along the way. We are goddman mother fucking superheroes. And since the power is not given to us, We’re gonna take.

Hope that you find it interesting and important as me . We are here to share what inspire us and soon we will discuss and present more articles about social issues.Anticipating for you to react and send me your feedback and your thoughts on the video.

You can check the magazine website Sticks and Stones Agency and follow then on Instagram here and the curator Ainsley Hutchence .

Till next time

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

“The color of phenomenon” , how Greek artist George Stamatakis ‘traveled’ the underwater landscape of Ionian sea to Japan and its association with an environmental issue

‘The Color of Phenomenon’ an exhibition of visual artist-painter George Stamatakis,held at the Sumida Hokusai Museum of Japan form 18th of December until the 26th of it.Since we weren’t able to visit it physically let’s dive into George Stamatakis’ artworld.Before I introduce him to you I would like to thank him for the original photos , the texts and all the details he provided me with.He has been a long time on my periscope,because of his association with Japan,a country that I adore for its culture from ukiyo-e art and manga to its architecture and ikebana (art of flower arrangement) till the tea ceremony,the futuristic vision and of course the Japanese cuisine.

George Stamatakis, Photo by Zoe Manta

George Stamatakis was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1979 and he graduated from the Painting department of Athens School of Fine Arts at D’ Panos Charalambous Lab in 2019, on his art studies including International Exchange program at Tokyo University of the Arts on Shinji Ohmaki sculpture Lab in 2018 and 2019 with Scholarship by Jasso Organization.Stamatakis also has a degree of Economics (Marketing) from the University of West Attica and a degree in Journalism and Media.The stark landscapes of his Mediterranean homeland are a recurring image in his work.His portfolio includes solo and group exhibitions in Greece such as his participation at ‘Documenta 14’ and his second solo show presented by the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center in the Art-Thessaloniki art fair in 2018(I visited it but I didn’t know him back then) but also worldwide from London to Paris and from US to his “second” homeland Japan,one to mention is his solo show at K Gallery,Ginza,Tokyo. You can learn more about him here .Let’s have a closer look to ‘The Color of Phenomenon’ .

“Blue, blue, electric blue

That’s the colour of my room

Where I will live

Blue, blue”

David Bowie,Sound and Vision
Photo by Yozo Takada
David Bowie,Sound and Vision (Spotify)


According to recent scientific research,the sea will turn darker blue due to the effects of global warming.They estimate that this change will happen the next 100 years.Based on this scientific profechy,George Stamatakis who took the impressive number of 6000 photos of the underwater landscape of the Ionian sea,ended up to 62 who found the most suitable for his art installation.Then the images transferred to silk at a printing workshop in Alexandropoli,(Soufli renowned for its finest silk production) and dyed with indigo(blue colour) from Tokushima,which was airlifted from Japan.The exhibition was scheduled for June 2020 in the context of Olympic Games in Tokyo but postponed due to the pandemic and finally re-scheduled for December were displayed from 18th until 26th as part of the Tokyo Tokyo Festival.

"Oh God you spend so much blue so that we cannot see you", Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Prize in Literature (1979
Photo by George Stamatakis

George during the process

The event was organized by UPN, Ltd., and the project was awarded a grant by the Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture. It is endorsed by the Greek Embassy in Japan and is a cooperative netowork project of The Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project in Sumida Ward, where the traditional indigo dyeing workshop from the Edo period still exists.

In conversation with the artist’s work, short performances by Yukari Sakata (director), Takako Abe (actor), Yasuo Yamato and Kyojun Tanaka (musicians) were also presented.

Photo by Yozo Takada

“Now there’s a blue, blue, strange colour blue

Let me dream of me and you”

Madrugada, Strange Colour Blue
Photo by Yozo Takada

George ,who obtained a stay visa with deregulation in October,found his self back to Japan in order to complete and announce the new installation “The Color of Phenomenon”.Beside the artistic dimension of the project and the fact that the astonishing and captivating blue colour of the underwater of the Ionian sea travelled to Japan in a such unique way, I would like to point the importance of the environmental issue it conveys.As Stamatakis stated “At first I present the work with a romantic predisposition, but in reality this conceals a very cruel comment.”

“In the deepest ocean

The bottom of the sea

Your eyes

They turn me

Why should I stay here?

Why should I stay?

I’d be crazy not to follow

Follow where you lead”

Radiohead, Weird Fishes

Underwater photos by George Stamatakis , installation photos by Yozo Takada

“You have a taste of tempest on your lips—But where did you wander

All day long in the hard reverie of stone and sea?

An eagle-bearing wind stripped the hills

Stripped your longing to the bone”

MARINA OF THE ROCKS, Odysseus Elytis
Photo Yozo Takada

George’s installation has the power and the ability to transmit you that feeling of carefree Greek summer,the calmness and the movement of the blue sea, the light of our country,the hidden underwater world and bring you the poet of the Aegean sea(though) Odysseus Elytis and his blue and sea inspired poems to mind but at the same time it arises huge environmental issues our world is facing, such as the global warming and the seawater pollution.

Along with the exhibition ,in the same space, a video documentary (Director: Zoe Manta) of the production process was presented, as well as a text by Denys Zacharopoulos.

George Stamatakis during the process documented by Zoe Manta

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read and look at George’s artworks .My sincere appreciation to George Stamatakis ,with whom I share the same love for Japanese aesthetics, and thankful for trusting me to present him.

For more check George Stamatakis here and follow him on Instagram here .

Arigato ありがと!

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Healthy mushroom soup by Hara Korakaki . First Recipe from our detox weekly plan after holidays .

Happy New Year to everyone! How was your Holidays?I hope that you had a great time even though the conditions are not the appropriate.But what is better rather than gathering for Christmas dinner with family or New Years Eve with close friends?However do you feel like you overate and deviated from your diet plan?Here on Escape Karma we will publish detox recipes for the whole week.

detox text on round blue plate
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The first recipe comes from our contributor editor Hara Korakaki . I am so glad for your feedback about her posts , it seems that you love them . Today Hara has a healthy mushroom soup for us , let’s share !

Quick and healthy mushroom soup 🍄


Recipe (serves 1):

  • 150gr mushrooms
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • onion powder
  • salt and pepper 
brown and white mushrooms in brown woven basket
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Start by chopping mushrooms and spring onion and then place them in a non-stick pan on medium heat. After about 5 minutes or until they are cooked, add the flour. While stirring add milk, water and spices. Let it shimmer for about 20 minutes and serve warm. I served mine with cheese on grilled bread 🧀

Photo Hara Korakaki

Hara Korakaki founder of Hara’s Food Blog

We suggest to give it a try , we swear by Hara’s recipes . I am of the lucky ones who have the chance to enjoy her cooking and pastry skills ! We will reveal the detox plan tips and recipes daily ! Stay tuned !

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Whispering Angel is the ultimate rose wine to go festive all year round , a photo story for the diamond of the Esclans Valley

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

Whispering Angel has reputedly become the world’s greatest rose , a wine that its consumption especially during summertime is impressive , still though a festive wine for all year round . Its story begun in 2006 when Sacha Lichine ,following his acquisition of Château d’Esclans , created the most legendary rose wine of nowadays. That meant to be the “Rosé Renaissance”. Sacha introduced new and innovative winemaking techniques to Provence which revolutionized the styles of rosés being produced from this region.

Château d’Esclans lies in the center of the Department of the Var, where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced. It is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast .

Chateau D’Esclans covered with snow

Chateau’s emblematic wine is the “star” rose of the world The Whispering Angel . Its colour is the typical Provencal , salmon rose . As you bring it close to your nose sensuous and delicate aromas emerge , from fresh citrus fruits such as pink grapefruit , to bouquet of flowers and jasmine petals ,to some herbal allusions (Levander , the characteristic herb of the Provence region ) and fresh red fruits . In the mouth you can taste the strawberries and a complex layer of a combination of fruits , such as fresh red berries and citrus , it is so refreshing and delicate , an harmonious combine rose dry wine . Grapes are grown in some of the most choice land in the surrounding region of La Motte en Provence, consisting primarily of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle (Vermintino ), Syrah and Tibouren. Harvested between sunrise and noon with optical grape sorting. Let’s share an ode to the world’s legendary rose wine Whispering Angel !

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos
Dropkick Murphy’s ‘Rose Tatoo’

“In a rose tattoo

In a rose tattoo

I’ve got your name written here

In a rose tattoo “

Dropkick Murphy’s ‘Rose Tatoo’

In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them… If you visit us, you might see the

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“But you are more than love,
the fiery kiss,
the heat of fire,
more than the wine of life;
you are
the community of man,
translucency,
chorus of discipline,
abundance of flowers.
I like on the table,
when we’re speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.”

Ode to Wine , Pablo Neruda

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos
“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Charles Baudelaire

For me it’s a tradition to drink Whispering Angel on my birthday the past few years , it is on 23rd of June and it is the most suitable option for summer nights . But lately I have been enjoying it all year round . Why not try it for New Year’s Eve ?

Eleni Kadigkou

Some Backstage from the shooting

For more information you can visit Chateau’s website here and follow them on Instagram here

In Greece the Whispering Angel imported and distributed by Trinity wines , visit here and follow them on Instagram

You can order the wine online here .

Thank you for taking the time to read ! Let’s raise our glasses full of our favourite rose wine and wish for a bright New Year . Let’s hope that 2021 is going to be a year that gathering with friends and celebrate with them accompanied with fine wines won’t be a fictional scenario .

Happy New Year to all ! My very best wishes for you and your beloved ones !

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos

Eleni Kadigkou Xx