Yanni’s jewellery boxes are handcrafted from native and often very rare Australian woods. The sides of each box are made of solid Redgum sourced from along the Murray River on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. The lids are made from rare and highly figured burls, which are sourced from all over Australia.
Yanni has worked in wood all his life. He served his apprenticeship with his father who was a boat-builder and carpenter from the island of Ithaca in Greece.
Yanni worked for many years as a carpenter-builder before he decided to pursue his deeper calling as an artist. He has a profound love of nature and of trees, and is committed to exploring and revealing the innate beauty and forms hidden within the woods he works with. He uses rare and exquisitely grained Australian woods in his sculptures and jewelry boxes.
Yanni’s passion for nature and the wonder of her infinite forms inspires him to create magical artistic pieces which highlight the mystery of the natural world. Yanni uses a vast array of native Australian woods, many of which are offcuts of burls and other gnarled pieces of very old trees, which have endured the forces of nature and time. When incorporated into the structural form of the piece, they evoke a feeling of wonder and child-like joy of being free, while cradled in the embrace of nature. It is this experience that Yanni seeks to convey in his work – the sense of wonder and joy that resides deep down inside us all.
In his creative work Yanni draws both on his imagination and on his love of the great architectural designs of different cultures from all around the world.