Barbara-Martha was born in Athens, Greece. Ever since her university years studying Interior and Architect Design at the Vakalo School of Arts, she became fascinated with sculpture. Following her graduation, she therefore travelled to London in order to fulfil her sense of academic incompleteness.
During her stay there, she pursued several further courses at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design which made her realise that sculpture could harmonically be combined with jewellery design – another childhood passion of hers. Following her return to Athens, she was, therefore, delightedly able to make her dream come true: since 2011 she has been professionally engaged in the design of handmade jewellery, under the name of ‘b | tal’.
B | tal jewellery designs aim at gently embracing the human body while at the same time being eye-catching and unique. Strong feelings and movement, in an abstract, notional way, are her cardinal sources of inspiration insofar as they can be reflected in jewel designs. Likewise, her work can seldom hide her preoccupation with the history of art as well as with the historical trends set by artists, jewellery designers and sculptors alike. Barbara-Martha’s work is also deeply influenced by her traveling without distancing itself from her Greek heritage and roots; indeed, one may frequently find the architectural lines of buildings and venues around the world transposed, often in a manner reminiscent of classical antiquity norms, into her jewels.
Barbara-Martha’s handmade jewels are always cast at the foundry using all fundamental metal techniques. All of her jewels are made out of gold, silver or bronze while numerous pieces of her collection also, optionally, include gems such as white and black diamonds, sapphires and tsavorites.