About



Bio: Anna Bonarou graduated in architecture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and she got a Master of Arts in Education from the Open University. She is currently a PhD student in the department of Social Anthropology at the university of the Aegean. Her research interests intersect the fields of Anthropology, Art, Material Culture and Crafts.  

She was a faculty member in interior design at Akto College (By Middlesex University) for 10 years and at the Technological Educational Institute of Serres (Department of Interior Architecture) for 2 years. She currently teaches art and design related courses at the public Institutions of professional Education of Greece. She has authored/co-authored six books and has written numerous articles, in Ktirio magazine, one of the most prominent architecture magazines in Greece. As an artist explores various techniques of making and modifying textiles, such as hand-stitching, fabric painting, applique, patchwork, knotting etc. 


Short Statement: I am strongly inspired by art movements and artists that historically struggled to bridge the gab between fine and applied arts, such as the Arts & Crafts movements and Pattern & Decoration movement. I am also inspired by creative activities, traditionally undertaken by women, such as embroidery, weaving, patchwork, fabric dyeing, etc. The vague aim of my work, is to explore the concept of trace and the imprint of materials and time over other materials and surfaces. As base material, I opt for textiles, since it can be manipulated in many ways. It can be wrapped, torn into smaller pieces, get wet, embroidered, sewed and pieced into larger pieces, frayed, worn, stored in a closet or travel in a suitcase, etc.

Group Exhibitions
  • 2017 Group Exhibition in "Astiki Scholi", Katerini.
  • 2016 Intimate Treasures, Textile Arts Factory, Thessaloniki
  • 2015 a bag conceals // a bag reveals, Textile Arts Factory, Thessaloniki. 
  • 2015 Rem Brand Name Project, gallely Lola Nikolaou, Thessaloniki.
  • 2015  International textile Art Biennal, Kunststichting Perspektief Vzw, Haacht, Belgium. 
  • 2014  Rem Brand Name Project, gallery Technohoros, Athens.
  • 2013  Summer Object, Object, Thessaloniki. 
  • 2010  Pictor,exploring the familiar, 10th fine arts festival, Action field Kodra,Thessaloniki. 
  • 2009  CeramicaMultiplex- International Festival of postmodern Ceramics, Croatia.  
  • 2009  Touch - International Art Festival, Municipal gallery of Agios Nikolas, Crete.
  • 2009  Urban (R)evolution - Festival Miden, Kalamata. 

Curation
  • 2016 Shooting Jewelry, Akto Campus Patio, Thessaloniki, 
  • 2013 & 2012 FeedHope- International Fine Arts Competition, City of Kordelio- Evosmos, Melissari Mills, Thessaloniki.

Published Work in books and catalogues
  • Intimate Treasures, Textile Arts Factoty, 2015. 
  • A bag conceals // a bag reveals, Textile Arts Factory, 2015.
  • 10th visual art festival, Action Field Kodra, Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Kalamaria, 2010.
  • Ceramica Multiplex, 3rd Festival of Postmodern Cermamics, 2009
Books
  • Furniture Arrangement in Residential spaces, 2013, Create Space- Independent publishing platform.
  • Apo leuko charti (By a sheet of white paper), 2012, Patakis publications. 
  • Architectural drawing with CAD, 2009, ION publications.