We had the good fortune of connecting with Elpiniki Georgiou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elpiniki, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
As an artist my main goal is to grow and explore as many aspects of myself as possible. I like experimenting with several mediums and develop them to the point I am satisfied with. Now I’m mostly focused on embroidery, which helped me a lot during lockdown and it kept me busy as there were no film productions happening at the time. It started as a hobby but seeing it develop into a small business, really delighted me. Now, as a Makeup & Special FX Artist in the film industry I would say that I have a goal which needs time and opportunities in order to be achieved. I would really love to be part of as many films as possible, and work with people that will help me develop as an artist and boost my passion even more. I want to gain experience next to outstanding makeup artists and get to really know what it takes to be a part of a big production. I would firstly prefer making all this happen abroad, in different countries, such as the United Kingdom where I currently live, and gain experience from crew that is dealing with productions which require Special FX makeup. Then I would love returning to Cyprus and deliver my experience on this field and hopefully make an impact.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I would love to talk more about my art and how I grew as an artist through the years. Art was in my life since the age of 6 and I always knew that this was the path I would follow in the future. I never thought of anything else, I just knew. I studied Fine Art in the UK which was a bit challenging, because it was the time I realised that it is not a hobby anymore, it’s getting real. I’ve taken several Art exams in school which challenged me a lot at that time, but the realisation came at the university, where I only interacted with fellow artists, both students and tutors. Four years of university though, were a huge inspiration and challenge for myself and they really helped me learn my artist-self even better. I still get inspired by my fellow students as I got the chance to meet exceptional artists.
My brand now, ‘Nímbart’, is mostly embroidery, which was a very recent exploration of myself, and I’m glad I developed that aspect, because it is both challenging and exciting at the same time! I mostly embroider on garments but I would love to develop that even more and maybe create “paintings” with thread. However, I always have painting and sculpture in my life as they are my long-lasting passion. This is because they are also directly connected to the making of prosthetics for a special fx makeup in a film.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
An incredible artist worth introducing is Nona Michael, a talent who keeps experimenting with different mediums. She started by painting on leather and then she developed into painting on glass and mirrors, making the paintings interactive. I just love how much attention to detail she puts into her delicate paintings! Her artwork, is as unique and inspirational as Nona herself.