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TEXTILE STRUCTURES / Notti a palazzo (Nights at the Palace) / 2016

Shown at Ho visto un re. Alcantara e 9 artisti interpretano l’Appartamento del Principe, an exhibition held at Palazzo Reale, Milano.

400 x 400 cm
Alcantara® and steel
Print and manual interweaving

 





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  This project merges a romantic personal story and my creative experiences with pliable materials, such as Alcantara®. When I was first invited to take part in the Palazzo Reale exhibition I immediately thought of something very dear to me, for which I had always imagined such a setting.

Though Palazzo Reale holds beautiful Restoration furniture, it doesn’t seem to be a place where people ever slept, because there are no beds to be seen anywhere. As it happens, I own two beds in the same style which are a treasured family heirloom linked to a romantic story involving my maternal grandmother Milli Baldini. My parents slept in them for years and as a child I often played on them with them and my brothers.

When I was asked to create something in Alcantara® for Palazzo Reale I thought of the two beds surrounded by the walls of a mini-room inside a larger room with fireplaces and mirrors decorated with the same gilded leaves.

In order to make this “alcove” more intimate I printed the slanted threads of my Stendardi per Trude wallhanging on the walls of the mini-room and I wove them with long strips of the same material turned either on the right or wrong side.

On a further intimate note, the members of the Studio di Tessitura Paola Besana took part in the weaving game.