‘Can’t avoid beauty 30×60’
my new project produced by ‘Giardino delle Esperidi, Festival’
A carpet-collage by definition a work in progress, links together continuous changes and transformations. Colors, drawings, and motifs that each have strong “individual” characteristics and when added to each other create a new, formal and aesthetic entity.
Creation of beauty through beauty: It’s the union that which “forms” beauty through the harmonization of every single piece, at the same time irreplaceable (no one is the same) and interchangeable. There are no protagonists, because everyone is a main player and there are no “stars” because “the star” is the unification.
In realities (places) that may have lost the sense of “being together”, solidarity (internal, not only towards the “other”), the common good of this project aims to indicate the possibility of new routes or strategies to recover the deep (not just altruistic) reasons of “social” living. It is a common work to link communities, groups, and associations. In numerical terms, the expected result can be condensed into a formula:
1 + 1 = 3 1,000 + 1,000 = ∞ (Basics of fantastic math).
In short, the work, participatory art and collective aesthetic emotions, seeks to get one or more communities, stable or temporary (or a mix of the two), to gain awareness of the magnificence deriving from collective work.
A”collaboration”, among other things, realized with the simplest and poorest means one can imagine (30 * 60 cm cotton fabrics, fabric colors, and potatoes).
A “whole” that needs the participation of everyone to change scale and acquire a higher sense, conceptual and formal, which shows and contains the contribution of each individual participant, but in which individuality disappears and blends together to form a new essence.
Very simply but, hopefully, powerfully something beautiful, where everyone is present within a process and a “frame” of basic rules (size of the cloth, choice of colors, sewing mode).
The result of this operation, which will be beautiful almost by force, should show everyone that collective creation without competition assures beauty, at the same time emphasizing diversity without exalting individual contribution.
It is not metaphor, but the actualization of what is often considered only utopia. The collective work becomes an object, which remains and can be easily preserved, being “displayed” and expanded in different places, acquiring a new form and new meaning each and every time.
In detail, the goals that will be achieved through “Can’t avoid beauty 30×60 “are:
– To stimulate a collective and manual work involving people and cooperation, “variable composition sets”, also geographically distant.
– To remember / recall the traditions of belonging (the use of fabrics, sewing, etc.), enabling them in a simple and collaborative work.
– To realize a creative work that will at the same time be “provisional” as performance and permanent by what is accomplished will remain and can be expanded.
– To create a “bridge” between different territories to read reality and its possible developments also from an outside view (in this sense, the use of textiles from Prato, which were and are still to a large extent the symbol of the most “historical” “of the district economies. This assumes a strong symbolic value, also in function of the recent constitution of the rural district of the Middle Ionian.
– To see the need for a link between people, between each other, and urban scenarios – places, houses, or whatever constitutes the identity of a community, referring it not only to the past, but also to the present and the future.
Last but not least, the use an iconic product like the potato also a symbol of migration, adaptation and transformation…
The project is divided into three phases:
3) The work will be “shown” and performed in particular locations and events.
The project will soon get its own blog, telling the stories of each encounter and the making of the cloth
for some time now I have been hooked on Ramen and the following is an extract of the hundreds of drawings that have Ramen as major inspiration and ‘raison d’être’
It was Ramen that led me to start drawing on the tablet, I mix analogical and digital drawing
I start with an ink drawing
and then I play with the tablet
or I play by drawing directly over photos, these two are drawn over a photo of a Cairo sunset
or I draw on the tablet creating elements I can arrange and rearrange in different ways
the drawing apps can give unprecedented possibilities but nevertheless the analogical drawing capacities are paramount for good results
my preferred jewelry medium in this moment is iron wire, I love the color the strength and its movement
Again I asked a friend, artist and photographer Piero Aricò to interpret these pieces in his way, and again it was a wonderful surprise.
he made strange creatures out of my necklaces
captured the movement and also the sensuality of these pieces
transformed them into abstract signs
air snakes or underwater plants
Thank you Piero for your eyes that show me new possibilities.
To share experiences is one of my aims in this period. I have been very unsteady with my blog in the last years. Months of silence and then some ‘nervous’ activity and then silence again.
This is a moment of ‘nervous’ activity. Why? I don’t really know, maybe because a lot of things are happening, life is changing new projects coming up and the blog helps me to keep track of what I am doing.
Shalateen, mysterious place is the title I gave to this post. If you look the place up it is a tiny dot on the map, Egypt almost 350 km south of Marsa Alam near to the Sudanese border.
a little Beduin village, maybe not that little at the end there is a quite big camel market and a bank and a little handcraft shop, lots of children, beautiful people, lots of goats and the 4 of us Lili, Piero, Dina, me plus Ibrahim giving a workshop on Makrame techniques in leather to the ladies of the village.
I know this photo does not look like work, it was shot on the day of our departure.
We taught but we also learned a lot, there is lots to learn from the ladies
They hold the strings with their beautifully designed feet, the henna designs they do is absolutely amazing
this is my hand, I could not stop looking at it,
we worked a lot, 9 days without break with classes of 14 to 19 ladies. It was tough but also wonderful and enormously enriching.
the classrooms were simple but we had everything we needed and the outcomes were quite good for all of us
the very particular goat leather the ladies prepare was surprising for us and the results with the Makrame very interesting
Piero our photographer was of immense help, but not always welcome by the ladies
and then there was Ibrahim our guide, without him nothing would have been possible.
Here I got him together with Piero, while the ladies were working Ibrahim and Piero went to the market to smoke Shisha, eat wonderful falafel and other goodies from the area, especially the incredible coffee they make. But these activities have not been documented- unfortunately