SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Constantinos Vorrises is an artist based in California with roots in Zakynthos. He spoke to The National Herald about his latest project, expanding on his artistic/creative journey, and creating his own Greek-inspired designs for t-shirts and hoodies online.
TNH: What inspired you to launch this new effort?
Constantinos Vorrises: I've always wanted to create my own Greek t-shirts and hoodies. I checked online a lot, but many of the shirts are the same or just not what I was looking for, so I figured I can create them myself. Also, with shelter in place, I have time to actually put my ideas to work!
TNH: How long did it take from idea to realization?
CV: That’s a tough question haha… I've tried many different times to make this work. I would draw the designs first, sometimes on computer, then go to a t-shirt company for printing. In the past, I had challenges with images, color, and just not looking the way I want. It took years to get to this point, but now with the right websites, apps, and platform, it’s exactly what I want. I want to create and sell the shirts through the teespring platform.
TNH: Do you design all the items on the site?
CV: Yes, the majority are common things we say in Greek culture or with our Greek parea. I like to keep the shirts simple and fun.
TNH: What has been the most challenging aspect of putting it all together, especially during this difficult time?
CV: The most challenging part has been finding the right tools so I can focus on what I love best – that's creating. It’s another form of artwork. I'm an artist and sell my paintings, too. This is just an extension of my creative process. As for timing, I think it’s a great time to take a risk and start something new. Everyone says they never have time… well now, we have time and I'm doing something positive with it during shelter in place.
TNH: What has been the response so far?
CV: The response has been great for my Greek store! I also started an artist quotes store and sports quotes store. My goal is to have Greeks across the country wearing and sharing my shirts on social media. I even had a friend buy a "Greek Night Legend" shirt and he’s not even Greek. He still talks about that night at Greek Night many years ago – I love it!
More information is available online: https://teespring.com/stores/greek-to-me-store.
Vorrises artwork is also available online: www.artbyconstantinos.com and on Instagram and Facebook: art.by.constantinos.