Istrilene is giving away a beautiful set of jewelry during the month of April 2023, a fine collaboration with Lisa and the Beach.
If you buy products for more than 50 euros in April on our webshop www.istrilene.be, you will automatically enter to win this set of jewelry worth 180 euros.
The fabulous gems are made by Lisa Michiels, eldest daughter of Paul Michiels.
Jewelry set 'Pink Jasper'
This set consists of real freshwater pearls, pink jasper beads, lava pearls with a golden color and has stainless steel clasps. Finished with a beautiful self-surfaced shell as a centerpiece.
At the age of 21, Lisa decided to go on vacation to Greece, to the island of Crete. During the penultimate day of her stay in the beautiful village of Plakias, in southern Crete, she bought a boat ticket to visit the famous Preveli Palm Beach and two hours later she was welcomed on board by the handsome captain Tasos. It was love at first sight.
The woman who sold her the boat ticket became her mother-in-law and Tasos and Lisa are now the proud parents of two amazing daughters, Marilena and Nefeli.
Lisa has a love for things she finds on beaches, in the sea and even in wild Cretan nature.
Lisa: "For a long time there were many ideas in my head to make things from the things we collect on our adventures. Finally during the pandemic my ideas became reality. What I had longed for for so long began to happen. I met some inspiring women who introduced me to yoga, which put me back in touch with myself. Visions, dreams and spirituality led me to where I am today, a creative soul expressing myself in colorful art with natural materials.
From the first moments I was with Taso, there was something that made me feel so certain that this was the place I needed to be to feel fulfilled and happy. I felt safe by his side and very comfortable on the boats with him. He showed me his world near, above and in the water and taught me how to swim with fins and a mask, among the fish in the amazingly clear seas of Crete.
For years I surfed the waves of life with Taso and his businesses, I manage the family's fish restaurant 'Tasomanolis' for over 15 years and I am also Tasos' right hand and business partner for his boat services company 'Plakias Boat Tours'.
We both share a love for things found on beaches, in the sea and even in wild Cretan nature. For a long time there were many ideas in my head to make things from the things we collect on our adventures. Finally, during the pandemic, my ideas became a reality. What I had longed for for so long began to happen. I met some inspiring women who introduced me to yoga, which put me back in touch with myself. Visions, dreams and spirituality led me to where I am today, a creative soul expressing myself in colorful art with natural materials."
Beach combing is something Lisa enjoys doing when she is near a beach. She is fortunate to live on the island of Crete, where the beaches are numerous and beautiful. With a natural urge to travel and search for coastlines, the drawers of her art studio hold a wide collection of beach treasures from around the world.
It's amazing what you can find and how it looks when the sea has taken things with its waves and salt. The constant tumbling and soaking in the salt water creates a smooth, matte surface over the glass, with rounded edges. Sea glass comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, but some colors are rarer than others. Therefore, the collections Lisa creates with sea glass are very unique.
The most popular earrings are all sea glass pearls carefully matched. Still when she finds a beautiful piece of sea glass, her heart skips a beat.
The classic earrings she makes are hoops, in silver, gilt silver and stainless steel.
Sea Tiles & Soap Pots
Another remarkable beach find is a beach tile. Like the pieces of sea glass, they have their own story. Once they may have been part of someone's bathroom, floor, kitchen, ... who will say where and to whom they belonged? Lisa loves daydreaming and wondering where they came from. She has found several tiles with a high seventies factor, the craziest colors and the coolest patterns. She uses them for "statement necklaces," which carry their own story.
Soap pots are pieces of old broken plates, bowls or cups. On Greek beaches, she can see that they used to love blue/white pottery.