The Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Paris has the honor to announce its collaboration with the Artist and painter Ioulia Abanti, who is now the Ambassador of the branch of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in France, based in Paris.
Mrs. Ioulia Abanti was born in Athens. He studied in Paris at the Σχολcole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués in France, at the Institute of Art in Cleveland and at the Society of Illustrators in New York. In 1969, the President and owner of the French House of Hermès, Robert Dumas, singled out her talent and suggested that she create models for the House. An artist and painter, she collaborated with the Hermès House designing models of hand-painted scarves. The inspiration for her first “Tribord” scarf was an engraving by the Hermès Museum in Paris.
Since then and for over 40 years Mrs. Ioulia Abanti has been continuously designing for the HERMES House with many of her works which are inspired by the Greek Cultural Heritage and the Historical Relics of the Benaki Museum, the colors of the Greek sea and the sensual forms in from the water. She has exhibited her work at Unesco, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Beaux Arts, the Louvre Carousel and the Benaki Museum.
Among her notable works stands out the HERMES handkerchief “1821” which is dedicated to the Franco-Greek alliance and presents images from the movement of the Struggle for Greek Independence of 1821. It is an amazing composition of Historical Relics of the Benaki Museum, palespakes and pistols. Also depicted are three warriors on black horses. The palasas of the two countries are located in every corner of the handkerchief, as well as a gold saddle that is painted three times.