Hands that replace machines.
A workshop instead of a factory.
A passion that becomes a job.
This is my idea of an artisan. An artistic artisan, as I have often been described, who doesn’t rely on digital technology, but instead is deeply rooted in high level handcrafting techniques. Skills that come from the ancient italian, and specifically Sicilian, crafting tradition.
I have two recurring themes: Sicily, intended as love for my land; a love that inspires all my creations; and Art, which I infuse in everything I do. All my creations – clothes, bags, kaftans, tapestries, Moorish heads – are the result of a deep bond with the traditions of my land: everyday I learn something new from it and it constantly feeds my creativity, and together with a relentless research they help me to dig deeper into the selection of materials and the way I work with them.
I am the last of seven siblings, born and raised in Melilli. When I was 14 years old I moved to the USA. I wanted to study art, and in order to pay for my studies I worked on various jobs: I was a fishmonger, greengrocer, and worked even in tobacco plantations. When I came back to Italy, I decided to live in Florence in order to attend the The Florence Academy of Art, while working in a prestigious haute couture boutique at the same time.