Traditional arts constitute a major part of any country’s richness, as they describe everything about the people, their ways of living, their beliefs. However, for an artist or designer it is a pretty difficult and risky job to approach such subject, to relate to it but yet to create something new, something fresh.
I have always had admiration for these arts and I was aware of how much work and soul people put in the creation. Of course that, studying in this field, textiles attracted me the most; they seemed to me the closest to the people, as they surrounded their bodies, their houses.
This whole project started about two years ago when I got a weaver from an older aunt of mine, but in fact the thoughts and the ideas that brought it to life date back from my first memories as a child. It required a lot of meditation and inner study to be able to find a way of approaching tradition. As the saying goes, it only takes a spark to get the fire going, and that for me was a piece of writing entitled “Spatiul mioritic” / “The miorithic space” by the Romanian philosopher Lucian Blaga. This book brings to light the beautiful connection between the Romanian people and the geographical space that they live in. People lived a life connected to the landscape: hills of trust and valleys of resignation, as Blaga said. After all the theoretical part was settled inside of me and after learning the basics of the practical part that is weaving, the rest came as a flow, allowing me to freely create both the weaved pieces and the draped pieces. The Romanian traditional costume is built in layers; I wanted to follow that idea in the sense that the first layer that touches the body is of light fabric and light colour, created using the draping technique, whereas the second layer comes to cover and protect, so wool fibers dominate.
The book represents a trip, something very similar to a diary. In the same manner, the order of the pieces also describe a trip through time and space. I tried to describe by weaving certain moments captured in time during the trip. Therefore, it all begins with you admiring this landscape, a sequence of hills and valleys, and deciding to reach a top of a hill. You are aware of the marvelous simplicity of nature that surrounds you as you walk towards the top, you enjoy the ride and you also know that from up there you will be able to see vast land lying before you. As you keep walking, you get closer to the hill, to the top, to the sky, closer to a place where you can be rather above the earthly way of living. Just like in a meditation, the landscape around you becomes something that you assimilate, and then, even with closed eyes, you are able to see all.
works by :
Simone Antonini, Ram Manohar Bodapati, Mayra Cristini De Oliveira, Federica De Stefano, Viviana Dell’Orto, Xuan Guo, Min Hao, Yinxi Jiang, Oana Juganaru, Arif Mehmetali Kara, Luis Manuel Lopez Luna, Edoardo Pizzocheri, Vanessa Milena Rueda Moya, Yulia Salomatova, Adriana Sanchez Ojeda, Pornarun Taengnara, Jingzhi Wang, Shuo Wang, Shiyao Wu.
curated by Cinzia Ruggeri
Gallery Arte Passante, Porta Venezia MM, Milano
Sogni Cuciti a Mano (Handsewn Dreams)
a film celebrating the graduates of the Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design 2015-16, Fashion Design Course led by Cinzia Ruggeri, @ NABA, Milan. Directed by Marco Poma.
There is a childlike purity to the film: when the video opens the students are shown sleeping on their working tables or reversed on their sewing machines. They aren’t actually exhausted, but they are simply dreaming about the clothes they would like to make.
Their choices go from romantic to avant-garde, with some students attempting to maybe criticise a bit the system by writing on their designs mottos and slogans such as “We are all rats” or “My body rules”, the former almost a statement about our collective views of young fashion designers as disposable entities that can be replaced every six months with the next big thing; the latter a message of empowerment to all those people who feel uneasy in their own skin.
The most poetic thing about this video, remains the fact that the students are all sleeping and dreaming together in their workshop, almost to remind us that you need a team of people (and not big egos…) to make sure the fashion industry works properly. There is actually an ironic twist at the very end of the video, with one student getting pelted by a few (digital) rotten tomatoes, but, rather than crying, he seems happy to use them as decorative elements and additional colours for his design since he happily smiles at the end of the digital vegetable deluge.
“The students in the course are really nice and at least we’re having fun,” their lecturer, former fashion designer Cinzia Ruggeri, comments. In a negative fashion industry, keen on producing crazes and fads that move money but don’t bring any joy, that sounds like a huge statement.
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“Sogni cuciti a mano” (Handsewn Dreams), a film celebrating the graduates of the Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design 2015-16, Fashion Design Course led by Cinzia Ruggeri, @ NABA, Milan. Directed by Marco Poma.
Ram Monitar Bodapati
Luis Manuel Lopez Luna
Federica De Stefano
Arif Mehmetali Kara
Mayra Cristini De Oliveira
Vanessa Milena Rueda Moya
Adriana Sanchez Ojeda
…and their creations.
From foot to head
from Thursday, March 17th to Wednesday, April 20th 2016
GALLERIA ARTEPASSANTE STAZIONE PORTA VENEZIA Railway station Porta Venezia, Milano Entrance METRO corner Buenos Aires/Tunisia
The exhibition From foot to head originates in the course of Project Methodology of the MA Degree in Fashion and Textile Design NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, Italy). The course inspiration has a root sprouting from Cinzia Ruggeri insight on the desire of everyone to “leave a trace, a sign, a message” Cinzia Ruggeri challenge her students to think of a possible footprint that encompasses the personality of their alter ego. These visions are materialised through the manual construction of the elements that constitute the identity: the footprint, the shoe, apparel and accessory. All elements are hand-made, using a methodology that favours intuition and a taste for storytelling. The exhibition reveals these quiet and poetic presences.
- Decomposition (Bibiana Álvarez, Spain)
- Hybrid (Giulia Conversano, Italy)
- Entangled Chant (Gozde Tekin, Turkey)
- Cage (Jiajun Emmie Wang, China)
- Eyes (Jo-Wei Sunny Wang, Taiwan)
- Positive/negative Disintegration/reconstruction (Lidiya Suteva, Bulgary)
- Sole allover (Mihaly Domokos, Hungary)
- Nori (Oana Juganaru, Romania)
- Existential travel (Senay Aslan, Turkey)
- Prisoner (Shirley Loor, Ecuador)
- Moonlight serenade (Shuo Wang, Cina)
- Ethereal Flow (Susanne Sandgren, Norwey)
- Lantern (Wanjing Li, China)
“A gift from the sky”
Guided By Nicoletta Morozzi students worked with a Pastry Master Chef experimenting techniques to combine fabric with chocolate
Dress Sculture 14 –Yulia Salomatova with Master Chef: Alessandro Dalmasso
Spica – Luis Lopez Luna with Master Chef: Denis Dianin
Crystal Snow Guo Xuan with Master Chef: Francesco Elmi
Chocolate Garden Hao Min, Wu Shiao with Master Chef: Fabrizio Galla
Chocolate Touch Mayra Sartori with Master Chef: Alessandro Servida
In the mood for time Jing Zhi Wang with Master Chef: Roberto Rinaldini
Drappeggio indiano Ram Mahohar Bodapati with Master Chef: Luca Mannori
Phal Federica De Stefano with Master Chef: Alessandro Dalmasso
Sweer Tweed Simone Antonini, Clarisssa GUsmao with Master Chef: Davide Comaschi
Sweet College Days Viviana Dell’Orto with Master Chef: Giancarlo Cortinovis
Feed your clothes, wear your food Oana Juganaru, Adriana Sanchez with Master Chef: Pasquale Marigliano
White temptation Arif Kara with Master Chef: Davide Comaschi
Soft Net Vanessa Rueda with Master Chef: Francesco Elmi
Lock your Past Pornarun Taengnara with Master Chef: Alessandro Servida