The Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery (one of the Benaki Museum Buildings) in Athens was once the home of the 20th century Greek artist, Nikos Ghika. In addition to many of his own wonderful paintings, furnishings and other works of art, the gallery’s permanent exhibitions include a wide variety of items from Greek artistic output dating primarily to Ghika’s heyday – the interwar years until the late 1960s. These not only include painting and sculpture, but also folk art, theatrical stage sets and costumes, choreography, photography, architectural designs, satirical cartoons, literature and poetry, music, etc. It shows Ghika’s wide ranging interests and the work of many of his friends and contemporaries.
One item (among many!) caught my eye – a pattern for a counted stitch in a common Greek folk motif – the ship. Note the design is broken down into an order of blocked squares. I think the designs were created to teach traditional textile crafts.
The detail is one of four framed in the Gallery.
One day that ship pattern might translate into a tapestry of my own – once I bring order to the chaos of my tangled tapestry wools.
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