jessica gridella


jessica gridella

FROM FOOT TO HEAD ” Galleria Arte passante” Stazione di Porta Venezia Milano. Reportage by NoTV

works by:   Karvishi Anil Agarwal, Tugce Asik, Francesca Azzoni, Sherry Hemant Batra, Chiara Bernini, Emilio José Bonadio, Arianna Bonifazi, Francesca Bucciarelli, Elena Cedrone, Gaoming Chen, Annunziata Cirillo, Shreya Chhabra, Melisa Cilli, Zeenia Percy Dalal, Chiara Del Giudice, Hafiz Nouman Ali Fareed, Bao Fengxue, Cinzia Galia, Narjes Ghorbani, Mitsy Diana Giorgana Romero, Jessica Gridella, Muxin Han, Can Hei, Guo Huimei, Payal Kale, Niyati Khetwal, Hengrui Na, Ananthabartti Ramaswamy, Liuhui Ren, Al Khansa Shalilhah, Annabeth Van Rooijen, He Yan, Shun Qiyan, Liu Ren, Shuying Yang, Yan Yuan, Matilde Zani, Yujing Zhang.

curated by Cinzia Ruggeri

FROM FOOT TO HEAD ” Galleria Arte passante” Stazione di Porta Venezia Milano. Reportage by NoTV


The first step for my Textile project was choosing a person that I know very well. Starting from there I build up a collection basing its whole development on images and sensations.

I choose Margherita: my best friend. Since I consider her a sister  it was quite easy to describe her through images that could tell about her personality: the shyness and the thoughtfulness despite of her surprising smartness. Although her appearance, quite cold and reserved that make her look like a little princess, she is a very warm girl and a precious friend. You just need to go beyond the first impression to find it out,  to discover what her interests are, mostly  her passion for the Japanese culture and for the whole world of fantasy books and videogames.

The second step was much more complicated: to find a red ribbon that could link the feelings of each image into just one concept.  I started to think about the direction of every picture: for instance, being shy means that you want to hide your real personality, looking very clean and tidy is quickly associated to maths. Japanese culture is very close to the fantasy world of fairy tales and magic that you can find in videogames: fascinating and unreal places and characters full of colours and adventure. How to match the order of numbers with the feeling of wonder and with something that it’s hidden? The answer is in nature: the most amazing and precious show that a starry sky can offer in the most cold and difficult to be reached places on the earth as the poles and the outer space.

Nothing is more royal than an uncontaminated sky full of lights.

I took my colour palette out from the milky way, the space nebulae and the pole lights, choosing to put together several cold tones, as a very dark blue and different shades of grey, with few warm colours, as pink, and something brilliant, to give the sensation of something elegant, priceless and at the same time spectacular and enjoyable. For lines and shapes again nature and physics were protagonists with the ice permutation and with the photographer Mark Mawson’s tests with smoke and water: bends and rounded shapes which intertwine together into both familiar and misleading figures.

Then “MyPrincess Collection” started to grow mixing different technique of weaving, embroidering and dying. Each sample purpose is to impart the sensation of admiring something bright but basic, cold but enjoyable, warm but elegant: conflicting feelings links exactly to the impression that comes out watching our very-well-known and at the same time boundless sky and its “natural” yet amazing characteristics.




( a textile project for Barbara Comuzzi)


Jessica Gridella: find your Travel

What is travel?

Travel means going to somewhere, someone or something; it’s taking a direction.
But where should we go? How we can know which direction is right for us?
Nobody can find the way. The real answer is just live the travel: outside and mostly inside of you. Take all the possible directions following your feet, even if one foot want to go ahead while the other one want to come back.
Sometimes it’s very easy to find your place to go, sometimes instead it’s like a treasure hunt and you just have an old and broken map and you must put together all the pieces before starting.
But isn’t it more interesting in this way? It looks like a travel into the travel. And you can experience more.
You must know that on this trip you will never be alone. People around are part of travel. Almost the best part I think. Even them are like the pieces of a map: each one will give you something and at the end you will put all these things together and keep them inside of you to find the side of yourself that you don’t know yet.
So, what are you waiting for?
Take your bag and your shoes with you because they will never be too much full or too much worn. And start to follow your personal “white rabbit” through all the magical places both on the earth and into your mind.

But first, do not forget:


(a project for Cinzia Ruggeri and Luca Belotti)

Jessica Gridella: find your Travel