I have always had a particular fondness for collage. The idea that from the union of many small pieces of paper, fabric or other, apparently so different as to seem incompatible with each other, something unique and different, original, can always be born, has always fascinated me. In general, I find the applied art, the craft, rather than, for example, the pictorial one much more interesting. For me, it is a means to fully express creativity.
It’s very fun to choose fabrics based on their color, texture and transparency, design and a variety of other features, to create always different combinations, classic, traditional, original, sometimes unthinkable, simple and elegant combinations or even a little naive. This is the part of my job that I’m most passionate about. Starting to decorate a mask starting from the fabrics, it’s like starting to see what character it will have.
Trimming is the most laborious step. It takes a lot of concentration, attention to every detail. Furthermore, it is work that takes more time. There are many different types of trimmings: in colored viscose; in gold, bronze or silver lurex; very thin, simple, double, fringe-shaped, etc.
Each of these then has completely different characteristics that must be respected during the application on the fabric. For example, with some you must have a very delicate touch, while others are more rigid and resistant. As the process progresses, the mask is enriched in the delineation of each of its details, until it is completed.
That of millefiori murrine is a colorful, lively and sophisticated world at the same time. I find them fascinating. They are small and precious sections of a long cane made of Murano glass, which contain meticulous, very precise multicolored designs: flowers, stars, circles and even little hearts. All together, one next to the other, they form the characteristic Venetian millefiori decoration.
I like to use murrine and Murano glass pieces to embellish my masks. I think they can give an extra touch of ‘Venetianity’. To understand paper mache, fabrics and Murano glass, which are among the most important Venetian specialties, in a unique original piece, is an idea that for me has become over time a conviction, the imprint of my work.
Feathers are the quintessence of romantic poetry in the mask. When they are light and fluffy they evoke a playful light-heartedness, typical of the eighteenth-century frivolous aesthetics. Others instead, are long, dark and linear, in sophisticated compositions, essential and very elegant, with an almost Gothic tone.
Or again, small feather petals can form delicate flowers; flamboyant and rounded create ornaments of oriental taste; curled on the central part of the mask constitute a refined alternative to the use of the tricorn, a typical Venetian hat. In general, feathers offer an infinite number of inspirations… there is something to indulge in!