I would not define my project as a collection. Generally a collection is characterized by a number of predefined pieces. About my embroideries I’m unable to establish a defined number of elements. My research begins in the second-hand clothes shops. In my opinion, to buy used clothes is not just a way to spend less money but is a more eco-sustainable way to be dressed. Nowadays a large part of the clothing industry underpay workers or let them work in unsafe conditions; the chemicals used in many clothing factories are a serious threat to the environment. Beside the problems related to workers exploitation and pollution, we have to admit that the majority of modern clothes not only are very cheap, but also very low-quality products.
I started to embroider on my second-hand clothes a little for fun, a little to make them more original. The subjects of my embroideries are disparate: indeed, I try to create increasingly complex compositions. Lately, in addition to mixing pop images, Italian paintings from the 1500s, Indian 70s horror movies posters, in my projects I have begun to insert writings in various languages: Chinese, English, Italian, Japanese and so on. The fonts I use are designed by me. In my view this is a way to create another cross-layer, that makes the work more international, inclusive.
The subjects I use mostly come from photographic images that I made myself, but I often use images that I find on the internet. All the subjects are, in a second moment, modified through digital drawings. The embroidery techniques I use are two. The first, the one with which I started is the hand embroidery. In this case I draw the sketch of the embroidery directly on the fabric and then embroider it by hand. The second process is less classic. In fact, to create the embroideries I use the graphic tablet, electric embroideries machines and fabric printing.