Founder of Anamma, Instructor
Born in 1983 in Athens/Greece, Anastasia Kandaraki is a jewelry artist, instructor, founder of Anamma Studio and co-founder & external collaborator of Athens Jewelry Week (AJW).
She holds a Master on Fine Arts in Contemporary Jewelry and Body Ornament from Alchimia Jewelry School in Florence, where she was mentored by the Dutch artist Lucy Sarneel. She has completed a three-year study on Designing and Manufacturing Jewelry in Alchimia Jewelry School in Florence, where, during the third year of her studies, she was mentored by the German artist Manfred Bischoff. She has attended a one-year course on Silversmithing and Jewelry Design in Mokume school in Athens. She also holds a bachelor’s degree on Marketing from the A.T.E.I. of Thessaloniki.
Ever since 2008, she has been attending several conceptual workshops delivered by renowned artists and instructors in the field of contemporary jewelry, such as Peter Bauhuis, Ruudt Peters, Robert Smit, Christoph Zellweger, Jorge Manilla, Evert Nijland, Benjamin Lignel, Marta Mattsson and Iris Bodemer.
Her work has formed part of exhibitions in various countries in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Australia.
In 2011, she founded Anamma studio, the first academy of contemporary jewelry in Greece, with the objective to introduce and provide a basic understanding of contemporary art jewelry.
Besides her role as director and instructor at Anamma Studio, she is also the co-founder and a partner of Athens Jewelry Week (AJW) since 2016, the first institution in Greece aspiring to present to the wider public the specifics, diversity and artistic dimension of contemporary jewelry.
Currently, she lives and works in Athens, where she creates, teaches and organizes contemporary jewelry seminars and exhibitions.
In 2000 she graduated from the Department of Business Administration of Athens University of Economic & Business.
During 2000-2001 she studied JEWELRY DESIGN at “LE ARTI ORAFE” Jewelry School in Florence and graduated first in her class.
Since 1994, during her studies in Athens was occupied in the family business “KANDARAKIS” at the sales and marketing department.
After her studies in Florence was occupied also as the business’s designer. During 2003-2012, she also teaches JEWELRY DESIGN (Technical design & rendering) at the “MOKUME” jewelry school, in Athens.
During 2006-2012 starts a collaboration with “ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM”, offering jewelry design
In 2006, starts to present her own jewelry creations to the public.
She has also participated in two international designing contests.
In 2002, at the “SIGNITY-HOMMAGE 2003”, One of her designs produced by PORTA RASELLI Spa was exhibited in June 2003 at the VICENZAORO fair.
In 2007 participated at the “LE ARTI ORAFE-GANZAM PROJECT” designing a collection o 15 pieces made of Gold 18k, blue topaz and brilliant cut diamond. In 2012, she and her sister Anastasia Kandaraki take charge of the family business, “KANDARAKIS gold & silver workshop”.. Olga starts the jewelry design seminars in ANAMMA. She creates also 4 new jewelry collections made of silver and bronze: “NEW YAER THEME”, “EASTER”, “OMIKRON”, “SYMBOLS”
Dimitris Nikolaidis was born in Athens, in 1960.
He graduated from high school in 1980.
He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts, from 1983 to1988.
His occupation with the design and construction of jewelry starts in 1987.
He was taught techniques of processing metals by the painter and jewelry maker Giota Kaliakmani and the silver-goldsmith Cristophoros Prineas.
In 1995 he attended a Gemology Seminar, by the Greek Gemological Association.
He has been a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts in Greece.
He has participated in group and individual exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
1988 Group Jewelry Exhibition in “ZM” Gallery, Salonika, Greece.
1994 Group Jewelry Exhibition in “FANOURAKIS” Gallery, Athens, Greece.
1996 Individual Jewelry Exhibition in “DIASPRO” Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus.
1997 Participation in the Exhibition “6.000 Years of Greek Jewelry” organized by the Ministry of Culture, “VILLA BIANCA”, Salonika, Greece.
1998 Group Jewelry Exhibition in the “ANEMOS” Gallery, Kifissia, Athens, Greece.
2005 Participation in the Exhibition “Silver Art-European Heritage and Modern Design” Byzantine Museum of Ioannina, Greece.
2006 Participation in the Exhibition “Elaias Enkomion (In Praise of the Olive)”, under the auspices of the Academy of Athens, in the building of the United Nations, New York.
2011 Individual Jewelry Exhibition “Inspired by Kterismata” in the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.
In 1990 he was awarded the second prize in the Panhellenic Competition of Artistic Jewelry, organized by the House of “KESSARIS”.
Since 1995, he has been teaching design and construction of jewelry in training workshops for adults.
for more than 4 years in the workshops of L. Athinotakis and D. Chaniotis .From 1986 he
established his workshop and worked as designer –jewelry maker ( goldsmith ) .During !982-
1986 he has studied gemology and gem carving with Mr Lambrinidis and in Idar Oberstein (
Rupenthal ).In 1988 for more than a month .he has an apprenticeship in Portsmouth College of
Art and Design with Jeanne Wedge Hartley .In 1990 with M. Tsaktanis they establish ONAR AE (
Jewelry company )and he works as the company designer until 2006 .Ιn 2000 he establishes the
Chalkis jewelry school in Chalkis School of Art . In the last 15 years he has participated in more
than 30 exhibitions in Greece and other countries .He is a member of the Greek Chamber Of
Fine Arts and Klimt02 in Spain .He also has participated in seminars with Lucia Massei ,Peter
Bauhuis ,Jorge Manilla and Sharon Cransen .Since 2017 he collaborates with the ALCHIMIA
school of contemporary jewelry in Florence .Since 2006 he is a member of a group of
archaeologists studying and researching prehistoric and ancient metal technologies and gem
carving .He collaborates with National Archaeological museum of Athens ,Museum Benaki and
the Museum of Cycladic art .His work is in Benaki museum and Cycladic museum stores.