Mess Project was created in 2012 from a group of people that felt the necessity to remain creative apart from the jobs they had until then. The name (Mess) consists of the initial letters of their names describing as well the existing situation at that time and perhaps until today in Greece.
Just wanting to create objects and unique images with fresh and humorous mood, the round coasters from papier – mache’ (pressed paper) was the first object produced.
In essence is the subversive view of young children for the adult way of life from pressed paper. Later t-shirts, badges, magnets and posters were added visualizing phrases from ancient Greece with vintage aesthetics. Since then many collaborations followed such as Benaki’s museum merchandise shop, Forget Me Not – Plaka, Zalo – Crete, Lokalee – Kardamyli but also online on Etsy’s platform.
Arriving today and realizing the need for extroversion of Greek culture and design, the Mess Project re-examines the design of the Greek souvenirs.
They create posters – notebooks with pop – aesthetics and forms inspired from Greek tradition and nature, getting their work one step further. Illustrations from Greek islands, boats, cactus, donkeys and the owl are only a few of this year’s designs entitled Endless Summer.
The Mess Project Team:
Art – director Spyros Athanassopoulos with studies in visual communication. He began his career in the creative department of Labrakis’ journalism organization where he then dealt with the advertising. Collaborations with: McCann – Athens, Atcom Internet and Multimedia, Mindworks, Jnl+, McVictor & Hamilton etc. The team is completed with Irene and Sofia Kitsopoulos.
You can visit Mess Project Team’s e-shop, here.