Love Stories in Greek Mythology and Pandora’s Box are the themes that inspired HERSE for this season’s silk scarves collections. 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 silk scarf 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.
Classic silk scarf from the limited collection Love Stories in Greek Mythology. The design is inspired by the myth of Hermes and Herse. In Greek mythology, Herse is the daughter of Selena (Moon) and Zeus, the King of Olympian Gods, her name means dew. According to the myth, her love for God Hermes overrides all the obstacles posed from Goddess Athena, giving place to a merry ending; Herse and Hermes’ love bonds to eternity.
HERSE Apollo & Daphne I Classic silk scarf from the limited collection Love Stories in Greek Mythology. The design is inspired by the myth of Apollo and Daphne. Greek Mythology states that Apollo had been mocking the God of Love, Eros. In retaliation, Eros fired two arrows: a gold arrow that struck Apollo and made him fall in love with Daphne, and a lead arrow that made Daphne hate Apollo.
Under the spell of the arrow, Apollo continued to follow Daphne, but she continued to reject him. Apollo told Daphne that he would love her forever. Daphne turned to the river god, Peneus, and pleaded for him to free her from Apollo. In response, Peneus use metamorphosis to turn Daphne into a laurel tree. Apollo used his powers of eternal youth and immortality to make Daphne’s laurel leaves evergreen. It’s believed that Daphne has to sacrifice her body and turn into a tree as this was the only way she could avoid Apollo’s sexual advances.
HERSE Echo & Narcissus II Classic silk scarf from the limited collection Love Stories in Greek Mythology. The design is inspired by the myth of Echo and Narcissus. One day, Narcissus became separated from his hunting companions and called out, “Is anyone there?” Echo could only repeat his words. Startled, he said, ‘Come here,’ which Echo repeated. Echo jubilantly rushed to Narcissus, but he spurned her, saying, ‘Hands off! May I die before you enjoy my body.’ Humiliated and rejected, Echo fled in shame. Nevertheless, her love for Narcissus grew. To punish Narcissus for his arrogance, Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, put a spell on him.
When Narcissus next noticed his reflection in a pool of water, love overtook him. He believed that he’d finally found someone worthy of his love and became entirely absorbed with his own beautiful image, not realizing it was actually himself. Unable to get Narcissus’ attention, Echo’s obsession and depression grew. As the years passed, she lost her youth and beauty pining away for unattainable Narcissus until she wasted away, only leaving behind her echoing voice. He was eventually drown in a pool of water, pursuiting his reflecting image- his impossible love, leaving a flower in his place.
HERSE Achilles & Penthesilea II Classic silk scarf from the limited collection Love Stories in Greek Mythology. The design is inspired by the myth of Achilles and Penthesilea, the Queen of Amazons. When Achilles with his short sword pierced the breast of Penthesilea and as usual, twisted the blade thrice in the wound, he noticed that the queen of the Amazons was lovely. He laid her carefully on the sand, took off her heavy helmet, unclasped her hair, and gently arranged her hands on her bosom.
He lacked, however, the courage to shut her eyes. He gave her one more, last, farewell look, and, as though suddenly overpowered by an outer force, cried—the way neither he nor other heroes of that great war ever cried—in a quiet, mesmeric, dawdling, aimless voice, ebbing with grief and with rue, whose cadence was new to the offspring of Thetis. The cry’s lengthy vowels, like leaves, were falling upon the neck, breasts, knees of Penthesilea, wrapping the length of her grown-cold body. She herself was preparing for Eternal Hunts in the fathomless forests. Her still open eyes stared from afar at the victor with azure, steady hatred.
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.