NETS 2018. Kato Drys Community Council, Cyprus
17th to 24th September 2018
Ancient Craft Skills with a Contemporary Application.
In the mountainous area of Larnaca District, ancient crafts are still alive and with ‘Green Village’ thinking the Community Council of Kato Drys (“lower oaks”) are making local goods for sale that have true sense of place. All the products and processes are scored from 1 to 10 for each of the 4 pillars of cultural, social, environmental and economic sustainability and MUST score no less than 25/40. The week long structured course looks at an ancient use of a skill and a contemporary one.
Arrive to Paphos airport and transfer to Aloni House in Pano Lefkara, where you stay for the week. There is a swimming pool, bring gear, don’t forget sun-cream, a hat and insect repellent. It will still get hot in the day time…. 30+ degrees ! There will be a chance to swim in the sea some evenings.
After breakfast, walk down through the village with Panayiota Demetriou as your guide. Visiting one or two of the forty-five Orthodox churches and chapels in the municipality. Arrive at Athasi Heights in time for coffee before entering the ‘brick pit’. You will mix clay, sand, chopped straw and water with expert guidance to make “Adobe Bricks” to various dimensions, including some for building a domed oven. Lunch at Athasi Heights will have a local flavor. Continue brick-making for an hour and then go to a nearby site where a building is being constructed with similar sun-dried bricks and lend a hand. Evening meal at Adamos Taverna
A visit to Limassol to meet the Mosaic Collective, to see contemporary mosaic making with glass, tile, stone and metal. Travel on to ancient Kourion to visit the famous Roman mosaics and see some interesting designs and discuss how some have come through into modern use, particularly in textiles. After walking around the extensive ruined city, destroyed by an earthquake in AD 365, time for a swim in Blue Bay before our evening meal in Zygi fishing village (fish on the menu!)
A day of mosaic making in the courtyard of Lefkara House. Each will do their own personal mosaic, perhaps inspired by what was seen in Kourion and their impressions of Cyprus so far. A break in the day will be to visit the local silversmiths and see them casting the traditional local jewelry; some designs have been introduced through our work together. Evening meal in Pano Lefkara.
A day trip to Nicosia, the ethnically divided capital of Cyprus. We will visit both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides. We start by visiting the archaeological museum, then a lace seller before crossing the Green Line to eat in the Büyük Han, a restored Ottoman camel caravan market and inn. We have time to visit Hasder to see some Turkish Cypriot crafts which are enjoying a revival. We will also seek out some Green Men and Twin-Tailed mermaids and discuss the meaning of these ancient symbols. Time also for a bit of shopping
An early start to build a small domed oven, we will use some ‘green’(not completely dried) adobe bricks that you made and we will keep swapping round, to help in preparation of a meal to be cooked in another domed outdoor oven. We will complete our oven with some ‘pargetting’ – raised decoration, then complete our day with the meal from the oven close-by !
DAY SEVEN (Sunday)
A lazier day, after a later breakfast, gather at Athasi Heights for making ceramic jewelry. You can have a go at making the acorns we use to promote oak planting at Kato Drys. We sell fired acorn beads in the ‘Green Village Shop’, which you will visit in the afternoon. Time to visit the thousand-year-old olive groves and discuss this ‘under threat’ ancient land use and ecosystem. Final meal together.
Depart early for Paphos in order to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Paphos mosaics… and see more marvels of ancient art that has come through into modern design. Evening departure for the UK