My name is Irene Manouseli. I was born in Athens, but my family originally comes from the island of Crete and the beautiful region of Chania. My need for creativity and personal expression through the use of natural materials emerged from a very young age. It would bring me great joy to offer my loved ones, things I had made with my own hands, as presents.
Although my studies and my professional career were not art-related in any way, the birth of my first child, served as a springboard in order to dive deep into this magical new world and start painting on glass. Painting seminars on glass, porcelain, canvas followed. Courses in fusing glass and pottery were added to these, as well as a great deal of personal experimentation on natural materials and colors.
When I became a mother for the second time, I created and coordinated, for 6 years, a small community of creative expression, which over the years grew and through which the art of handicraft flourished together with the power of collectivity. My love for humans and Art led me to study for two years at the Center for Art and Psychotherapy and to realize even more, how much art can serve as a means of expression and therapy.
During all these years I participated in various exhibitions until I decided to make my own studio, so that this need for expression as well as my creations could find a home and be accessible to the public. My tireless helper, who believed in this journey from the very beginning, is my husband. He inspires me, suggests ideas and gives light to the glass surfaces I paint.
My vision is for my art to put a smile on people’s faces, and to offer warmth and company to more and more! My goal is to prove that the meaning and the harmony of life are not always hidden in high speed and high tech. They rather live in a world where the human hand, at a pace determined by one’s soul, and with the help of the brush and paints, can actually capture the inspiration on a piece of matter and bring it to life.
My purpose is for my creations to be a bridge of communication and interaction between all of us!
So welcome to Irorama.
Iro is my daughter's name, as she was the reason for all this! Iro also in Japanese means color… the very source of our vision.