Το νήμα της ίασης – Eyes of Light
THE HEALING THREAD

Art workshop and collective installation with the participation of breast cancer survivors

The project "The thread of healing" was implemented in October 2022, in collaboration with the visual artist Grigoria Vryttia and TAF / The Art Foundation, and with the participation of almost 25 female breast cancer survivors. It included a series of workshops, a collective installation and an exhibition, and was organized within the wider context of World Breast Cancer Awareness Month events. 
 
Through open, four-day workshops at TAF, the participants created portraits-talismans of themselves, from threads, fabrics, and other materials, under the guidance of Grigoria Vryttia, sculptor, textile artist, and breast cancer survivor. At the end of the workshops, their works were joined by the artist, in a collective installation, which reflected their different stories in the light of their common experience throughout the disease. The purpose was to create a visual equivalent of this great community, to highlight the therapeutic value of engaging in art, and to spread a message of hope and solidarity to those experiencing similar challenges.
 
Participants: Angeliki M., Athanasia I., Aphrodite P., Vassiliki F., Vasso T., Georgia M., Iota L., Elena Al., Elena M., Eleni M., Amy N., Evangelia G., Zina S., Loukia P., Magda K., Rena T., Tania M., Fotini A., Fotini T., Hara N., and others!
 
Finally, the exhibition included works by: Grigoria Vryttia, Athanasia Ioannidou, and Eleni Koini, to whom we are deeply grateful.

Artist: Grigoria Vryttia

Grigoria Vryttia studied sculpture in the visual and applied arts department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Athens University, and at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, as a scholarship holder of the Micheli Foundation. Grigoria Vryttia studied sculpture in the Visual and Applied Arts Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Athens University, and at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, as a scholarship holder of the Micheli Foundation. Her art practice includes soft sculptures, experimentation with fabrics, other soft materials, and found objects, drawings, original books, and painting. She creates a fantasy universe with linear elements, pop atmoshpere, bright colors, and twists in content. She has presented her work in individual and group exhibitions worldwide. Now, several of her pieces are in private collections in Greece and abroad.