Women and Jewelry: Niki Kavakonis

Exemplifying clean lines and a variety of themes, Niki Kavakonis’ designs can be found on the most stylish of women and men.

Born in Canada into a family where Art and Design were both appreciated and promoted, her Greek father (who also worked in the architectural field) was a practicing sculptor, best known for the bronze doors on St. Anne’s Church, Gladstone Ave., Toronto. Her Finnish mother, an avid crocheter and knitter, ensured that the concept of good design, a trait Finland is famous for, was instilled in her daughter at an early age.

As a child, Niki traveled extensively, and by age ten she had visited over twenty countries, her parents taking her to every museum they could find. It was these early formative experiences which drove her to pursue a knowledge of Art and Architecture, both at the practical level (she possesses a diploma in the studio arts), and academically, through doctoral studies in Art and Architectural History, at the University of Toronto.

It is in creating jewelry that Niki can best convey her passions. She is attracted to jewelry for its miniature sculptural qualities, and many of her designs can be appreciated as such. In her work she develops a number of varying themes, believing that what one wears is an expression of the wearer. One of her favorite themes is architecture.

From 2002 to 2005 Niki Kavakonis was the President of the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, as well as editor of its publication MAGazine.

In 2005 she curated ‘The Northern Lights Exhibition featuring Björn Weckström’, and edited the catalogue of the same name. The exhibition was on display at the Design Exchange, Toronto; July 1 to August 7 2005.