marrakech handicrafts design exhibition

During the last week of September and the first of October, I was in Marrakech (Morocco) with Roberta Morittu, a celebrate sardinian and international designer involved in studying and designing mediterranean handicrafts since many years, and some of my best students at Cagliari University (Alessandro Congiu, Claudio Rossi and Francesca Savona). Nicolò Ceccarelli, Marco Sironi and Carlo Turri of Sassari/Alghero University were with us with a group of their students and realized some fo the objects together with Cagliari collegues. We had to create also the identity for an exhibit at Dar Bellarj, one of the most charming place inside the Medina. Handicrafts of moroccan tradition were re-designed and interpreted by the students from Cagliari, Sassari/Alghero, Florence and Milan Universities and from Esav, an important local school of design. They made their project working together the moroccan artisans. The University of Sassari/Alghero also realized an amazing video which could be seen here. The Autonomous Region of Sardinia sponsorized the whole mission. We concentrated on the figure of the storks (Dar Bellarj is also known as The Stork Hospital), stylizing them in several patterns composed with figures similar to the pieces of the the moroccan mosaics, using the same colors of the place: sand, red, black, white.

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nina/ninu, sardinian dummies

I have recently designed for Asili&Boassa these two dummies, inspired by Monti Prama’s giants and by the Mother Goddess – ancient statues from the nuraghic era, see below. I named them Nina and Ninu, sardinian nicknames for Antonia and Antonio. You can change the gender of the dummy simply moving upside down his/her head. In this way, we can have a series of four males, four females, three and one, two and two. A suitable system to show new collections of objects and clothes inside the Joias showroom in Tortolì, specialized in Sardinian artistic handicrafts.

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piranesi exhibit in cagliari

During the last year, the University of Cagliari re-discovered an important collection of engravings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the venetian visionary architect of XVII century whose influence on artists and works lasts still nowadays. The collection has been forgotten for many years into some lost room, so that even its memory was difficult to find among university teachers, librarians or employees. We organized an exhibit to present to the citizens this public treasure, showing some of the over 1100 printings into the space of Il Ghetto, an exhibit centre in the ancient heart of Cagliari, called the Castello quarter. Together with architect Paolo Sanjust we looked after the graphic and exhibit design. A modern art exhibit inspired by Piranesi’s works, has also been organized  near there, at the ancient City Hall.

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