My name is Eleanna Kotsikou. I come from Greece. I grew up in Athens but I come from Serifos and Pelion, two lovely places in Greece. I have lived in France, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK, but I’ve never traveled outside Europe. I love: design in all scales, diagrams, the sea, abandoned industrial spaces, dance and ice-creams.
I have studied architecture [A.U.TH., GR] and urbanism [ MSc, TUDelft] and I have worked in these fields working with well-known firms as well as a freelancer [ I still take on commissioned work, when sock creature making allows that]. The urge to create something of my own and the need to deal with smaller projects with more short-term results, where I could be directly involved with all phases of the creative process: idea-concept, design and construction, lead me to fund sockool. My favourite part of the process is when I create the face. Each sock creature then gets its personality: some are grumpy, some are cute, some are happy and some are just weird. They are all one of a kind and I love them all equally and hope you will too.
I have to say I am really lucky and grateful to have the support and help of my friends and family: whether this means they provide care and food, help me stuff the creatures for a big order, drive me to markets, help me get organised, keep me company while stitching, or just listen to my worries about how to grow my business.
Last but not least, let me say that I have a love for all stuff handmade and I am a fan of sharing knowledge and ideas and motivating others to get creative. Therefore I enjoy writing craft tutorials, which I will eventually share some with you here at my blog [ at least that is the plan]. I have also published a book about how to make polymer clay jewellery [ available only in Greek, sorry].
Nice to meet you!