Kalliopi Andrikopoulou is a jewelry artist and a teacher. She was a cofounder in 2007 and today is the director of SYN APEIRON, a platform for expression, creation and education concerning contemporary jewelry.
She was born in Athens, Greece in 1981.
Kalliopi considers as her lifelong goal, to find ways to enrich the teaching methods of the art of jewelry by applying innovative, holistic and collaborative approaches. She has a rich teaching experience and believes in the principles of self-education, self-motivation and team spirit. Her aspirations have found an embodiment with the creation of the venue SYN APEIRON. This social and educational experiment attempts to approach the art of jewelry with respect and honesty. It implements working conditions based on dignity, solidarity and equality. Furthermore, it approaches education as a liberating process, without competition, authority and assessment
She began her studies in the Theatre Studies Department of the University of Athens, to then pass on to the Law School of the same university. She graduated in 2005.
Through the Erasmus academic exchange program, she attended a semester at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (2004-2005). There Kalliopi came into contact with European standards of jewelry and attended a jewelry workshop.
With the completion of her studies in law and after having obtained a license as a lawyer, Kalliopi decided upon a career change and begun her studies in jewelry design, at the private institute for goldsmiths called Mokume, in Athens. She got her degree with honors in 2007. In the same time she was a trainee at a goldsmiths’ workshop. A short course in Alchimia School of Jewelry in Florence, reinforced her educational vision.
Kalliopi represented Greece at the 13th Biennale of Young Artists (Applied Arts-Jewelry) in Bari, Italy in 2008, and has participated in many group exhibitions in Athens. She has curated 6 group exhibitions at SYN APEIRON from 2010 to 2015.
2005-2007: MOKUME, Private Institution for Jewelry making and design, Athens Greece
2000-2005: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Degree in Law
2004-2005: Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (Erasmus exchange program)
1999-2000: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Theatrical Studies
2015: “Absence and Substance”, 5day seminar with Jorge Manilla (jewelry artist)
2015: “Profession: Artist”, 5day seminar with Loukia Richards (visual artist)
2013: “Pigments on metals”, 4day seminar at ALCHIMIA Jewelry School with Lucia Massei
2005: “Jewelry technics”, 6month seminar at the community workshop in Mainz, Germany
2007 to present: Independent Jeweler, cofounder and director of SYN APEIRON, a venue created on the basis of dignity, solidarity and equality
2005-2007: Trainee at a goldsmith workshop, Athens, Greece
2001-2003: Assistant as young lawyer at a law firm based in Pireus, Greece
2000: Assistant at Kristen Navigation Shipping company, Athens Greece
2008 to present: instructor at SYN APEIRON Jewelry Seminars, a social and educational experiment attempting to approach the art of jewelry with respect and honesty. Furthermore, it approaches education as a liberating process, free of competition, authorities and assessments
2016: (24/02-01/03) Munich Jewelry Week, group exhibition Myths 2016-TEST DRIVE
2016: Confabulate, Group Exhibition in Athens Greece
2008-2010: Numerous Jewelry Fairs, Athens Greece
2008: 13th Biennale for Young Artists, Bari Italy
2010-2015: Co-curator of the annual group exhibitions of SYN APEIRON Jewelry seminars