eau de nil

January 2, 2013

It’s a new year, and what better way to celebrate than to introduce you to the enchanting world of Xenia Andreou. I discovered Xenia via a quiet comment she posted here, and I was immediately struck by her fresh vision. From her island home in the Mediterranean, where she spends her days “chasing shadows” with her five-year-old daughter, Anna, Xenia documents the “exquisite details that stand out in relief against the humdrum (yet miraculous) everyday – little words, the changing light, a landscape seen afresh, a moment.” Eau de Nil is where she shares these moments of inspiration as well as her small-scale creations.

Hailing from the island of Cyprus, Xenia grew up surrounded by “busy hands” – great-grandmothers, grandmothers, aunts, and her mother, who were always spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, and sewing. From them she too learned to rest and re-fill by making. (Mostly toys for Anna and gifts for friends, but hopefully some day for the rest of us as well.)

Today Xenia lives with her husband and daughter in a traditional, 19th-century, mud-brick house with a stone arch, located in an old suburb of the capital, Nicosia. Restored by the family, this “cocoon” is nestled in a walled garden, filled with olive, lemon, and bay trees as well as jasmine and lavender.

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery as well as a close-knit community, Xenia is nonetheless grateful for that other ‘window’ in her house, the internet. And we are certainly thankful as well, for the glass works both ways, and through it we catch a glimpse of this extraordinary woman. For, much like her native isle, Xenia’s vision is both intimate and utterly captivating. And though winsome and understated, it also immensely powerful.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Deborah Beau January 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Oh my!


paula January 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

what beautiful images to start the year …


Unni Strand January 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

Wonderful images!


Sara January 4, 2013 at 12:25 am

your photography is lovely, i wonder what it will be like after a class? even more stunning.


Sara January 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

oh sorry, I didn’t read, it’s just that these photos have your life and love feeling to them!


Justine January 4, 2013 at 1:00 am

Thank you for mistaking these for my work, Sara. I wish they were mine! Xenia is so modest about her photography. She’s amazing.


Patrice A. January 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

this post about
Xenia’s world
is lovely

Patrice A.


val January 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

lovely pictures….Xenia’s pictures are so magic


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