The more I see the more I love of Italian artist Aldo Lanzini’s work. Brilliant master craftsman of thread, needles, ribbon and wool his creations are intriguing and nonsensical, a cacophony of color and creativity. When asked if he is an artist or a designer he states, “Definitions are always quite liquid. I use my needle as if I were a sculptor. I move instinctively and I don’t think about the design of my work: I create straight away. Needlework makes me think three- dimensionally: I start working on a little piece, than I stand in front of a mirror and I imagine the next step. Sure I have a vision, but I often change my mind when I’m midway. And what was supposed to be a dress turns out to be a jacket“. Ushers at Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2011 show in Milan.
The work of Aldo Lanzini, among many others, is to be featured in a new book Pretty Ugly, a sampling of the “new ugly”, groundbreaking graphics, art and design coming out next month. A book about what it looks like when designers are out to break all the rules… what could be more intriguing?
Vernazza Italy is one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. It is situated in the middle of a national forest on the northern coast of Italy. Close to the border of France are five villages perched on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The villages are named Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare and Liguria.
As a family, we instantly fell in love with these villages. It was just our style, right up our alley- the beautiful blue Mediterranean water, lots of cliffs to jump from, tiny winding streets, flowers spilling from window boxes, not very many tourists, just a handful of cars, and miles and miles of hiking or biking trails. Truly a picture perfect place. This picture is in the village of Vernazza, the swimming was wonderful. We spent hours in the water and lounging on the rocks, from sun up to sun down.
Walking up through the village the storefront of this artist caught our eye. His name is Antonio Greco and he is a native of Vernazza Italy. I took this picture because I couldn’t get enough of his art. I feel a kinship, lately I fancy myself a driftwood/collage devotee, artist in training- so to speak. Take at look at his other works of collage art here. He also collaborates with his wife Michele Lilley and artist Maya Von Geldern to make purses and jewelry- you can see their goods here. I really loved all of their art, it gave me all sorts of inspiration to get crazy with the collage. And I so love the internet because although I didn’t buy anything that day- Christmas is right around the corner and online shopping is so easy.