I think it can all be traced back to when I was a child on holiday in the South of Italy, where I was camping with my family. I used to admire my dad sitting on a cliff, painting the landscape- that image has always fascinated me. I then moved on to study art in a high school in Verona because my teachers said that I was a skilled drawer.
While I was living in Berlin I was trying to make some shoulder pads to wear to a club and I made them using a single braid. After that I started to experiment making other shapes and since then it has become my practice. So it is self-taught and it came a long time after art school, atleast ten years.
Candy and waves.
The tactile element of my garments is extremely important because all my pieces are hand-made. I work using my hands, so most of the decisions are rather instinctive and made through what feels right rather than what’s been planned. I think touch is a very important way of non-verbal communication and it can open up your imagination which is unlimited.
I create a long unique braid using a light fabric. Once the piece is made I start twisting and affixing the braid to the shape I'm thinking of. The whole process is very instinctive- I create the shape as I go along and attach the braids together with a simple thread and needle.
It really depends; it can take from one day to one week, also depending on my mood. Generally speaking, larger pieces take longer to make.
I rather think of my pieces as sculptures and my work as one of a crafter. I love the beauty lying within a single work of art and I think that its uniqueness is more precious than a mass produced object.
No, it's a new thing. I was just curious to see how the pieces looked in 2D. It's a fun thing to do when I'm not working on braids.
No I don’t find the process limiting. I guess the only limit is time.
I am very critical of my work so once a piece is finished I’m usually tired of it and get excited about moving on to the next one. At the moment my favourite is a piece I have most recently finished from the new collection. It is a big hat that resembles a wave.
I think it has evolved a lot, I can see progression as I constantly strive to create pieces that are different from the ones I have made in the past. My new collection features a wider range of colours, mainly pastels because after a period of working with a lot of dark fabric I felt the need to create something fresh and bright.
My new collection is waiting to be shot and I will be launching my online shop this month.