Mr Ahmet’s Sandal Workshop – Kos, Greece

“I did not go to school. This is my school!”. A leather shoemaker for 61 years, Ahmet spends 6 days a week at his workshop in Kolokotroni Street, in the island of Kos, Greece. With an atmosphere rich in tanning chemicals, the workshop is layered with rolls of leather, canvas, shoe boxes and tools. Ahmet […]

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Andreas and Jaana of Amaryllis – Kos, Greece

Andreas met his wife Jaana in 1989, while she was in Kos for a week holiday from Finland. Andreas had moved to Kos from Tripoli in 1982 and was originally working as a waiter in hotels, until he bought Amaryllis (named after the flower) in 1987. In 1991, Jaana moved to Kos permanently and has […]

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Mokume-gane jewellery with Lydia in Kos, Greece

Lydia Ioannidou makes and sells jewellery in her little shop: Lydia Design on Filita Street in the old town of Kos. Lydia initially studied structural engineering in the city of Larissa, but a love of creating with her hands led her to studying a Japanese metal working technique; Mokume-gane in Thessaloniki. Mokume-gane produces mixed-metal laminate […]

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Coffee with Michael from Lab Art Cafe – Kos, Greece

“In Greece, when we say let’s meet for coffee, we don’t just mean to drink a coffee and go. We mean to sit around, discuss, talk for hours. And have a coffee as well”. This cultural insight, from a friend Irini, articulates the role of coffee and cafe culture in Greece, and its central position […]

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Toast Special – Socratis and Stamatia in Kos, Greece

“At the beginning of every pay month, one of my colleagues brings us toast from here to the office. It is a special tradition to celebrate the work of the previous month”. Dimitra introduced me to the small, inconspicuous snack bar catering to her office’s monthly celebration. The snack bar is located underneath Agia Paraskevi Church […]

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