Each HERSE artwork is an original vivid synthesis of elements drawn from masterpieces belonging to diverse artistic movements over the centuries. The artwork is imprinted using as a canvas garments of high quality luxurious fabrics. Every design is produced in pre-specified limited numbers. Each item is accompanied by a Unique Authenticity Code Number, so any HERSE client automatically becomes an art collector. Herse means Dew. In Greek mythology Herse is the daughter of Selena (Moon) and Zeus. According to Ovid, God Hermes fell in love with her and married her.
HERSE Aphros Classic Long | Inspired by Greek poet Sappho’s Hymn to Aphrodite.
The philosophy of ΗERSE is to deliver wearable art; making visual art a part of everyday life of as many people around the globe. To realize this original idea HERSE refers to the use of established artworks from different periods and cultures, in an innovative way that combines three unique elements: the recycling through optical transfer of old classic manieres of art in meta-modern contemporary mode, the building of a bridge between art and fashion, aiming to enrich the high aesthetic of the latter with artistic content and value and finally, the design of distinguished, elegant everyday items and their commercialization in limited editions, attributing to them the character of collectibles, which, apart from enhancing owner’s pride, retain their value over time.
HERSE Inside a Muse I Classic Long | Inspired by Greek Mythology; the myth of Narcissus.
The designer Ersi Liakouri studied BA in Graphic Design at the University of Wales. After 8 years of experience in Advertising, she decided to follow her passion, a combination of Art, Graphic Design and Fashion. With HERSE she wants to add a new dimension to art making it an element of everyday life. She is inspired by all the art movements. In her works she captures all human elements of life in order to lead to the stimulation of positive emotions.
HERSE Transendental Oddity Classic | Inspired by Greek mythology. Lōtophagoi.
In Greek mythology Herse is the daughter of Selena (Moon) and Zeus, the King of Olympian Gods. Her name means dew and God Hermes fell in love with her and married her. According to the famous Roman poet Ovid, she was daughter of Aglavros, (the deity of the Lucent Aurora) and Cecrops, the wise primal King of Athens, who invented marriage. Ovid writes in his magnum opus, the Metamorphoses, that when God Hephaestus was avoided erotically by Goddess Athena, she directed his desire to the ground, thus impregnating Gaia (Earth). The child was born intertwined with a serpent, symbolizing both the beginning of life on solid earth, out of water, and its origin, the womb of mother Earth. The Goddesses of Wisdom Athena wanted to make the infant immortal and to raise it, so she placed the newborn child in a willow basket and entrusted it to Herse and her sisters.
HERSE Inside a Muse II Classic | Inspired by Greek Mythology; the myth of Narcissus.
Athena forbid them to look in the basket, in order to protect the mystery of the infant’s nature. Still, one of the sisters disobeyed, and peeked in the basket. At that time, God Hermes was in love with Herse and went to ask her to marry him. Her sister agreed with him to deliver to Herse the divine message, in exchange for gold. Athena though, annoyed because the mystery had been bespoken by Herse’s sister, ordered the Goddess Eris (Envy) to deprave her. The sister overwhelmed with jealousy blocked the door to Herse’s room, refusing to move away. Hermes, angry at her for breaching their agreement, transformed her into a black marble statue and proceeded with his wedding with Herse. The ancient Athenians used to dedicate shrines to Herse and worship her around the Acropolis.