"Francesca is developing herself as a brilliant mosaic artist. Her works reflect her passionate and strong character; the evidence of this is in the use of vibrant colours and the themes she selects for her pieces. Her creative process is intuitive; she seems to create her mosaics out of pure inspiration."
Paula Ligo - artist tutor at Southbank Mosaics, London and at the London School of Mosaic
"Francesca is an exceptional student and practitioner of mosaic, combining great skill with a hugely innovative approach. We need people like Francesca to help mosaic break out of its millenia of tradition and find a new distinctive voice. She is also excellent at working in a multi-cultural team and brings her love of life to the work place."
David Tootill - Director/Founder of Southbank Mosaics, London and Chair of BAMM, Principal at the London School of Mosaic
In her early life, Francesca challenged herself by focusing on things that did not come naturally to her (e.g. going into Law after studying Classics). Yet, she tried for years to placate her internal restlessness by living in different countries and cultures (Pordenone, Padua, Denver, London, Paris, New York...). When she reached 40, with the responsibility of a mother, Francesca settled between London and Trieste and found her outlet in what she liked and did best, namely using her hands to create.
Art exhibitions, painting and modelling clay were regular hobbies which never satiated her inherent creative nature. Finally, she entered the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, in Spilimbergo: a whole new world of WONDERS opened up.
She wanted to learn how to do it properly. She found a delightful place in London, Southbank Mosaics, where she obtained a first Award course. She then took a course in Roman mosaics at Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Spilimbergo (Italy), another Certificate at Southbank Mosaics, other courses in Byzantine and Modern mosaics in Spilimbergo, one for families, and promptly enrolled on many other… Italy, Turkey, and what else! She is now attending the Mosaic Diploma at the London School of Mosaic in London.
But that was only the first step towards what turned into full-on environmental artivism: whether EnvironmentARTivism, ArtWORKivism or else, she is often coining neologisms to describe her numerous original artivist initiatives and projects.
She is part of the BAMM Committee in the role of Exhibition Officer, and has taken permanent residency at the London School of Mosaic, where she holds a shared studio and teaches short courses from February 2018 on the innovative subject of "Mosaic as Mixed Media". Francesca is also a member of the Governing Body of the London School of Mosaic, a member of The Artists' Pool and of the Circle Foundation of the Arts.
She has participated in over 60 art exhibitions internationally in the last 2 years alone. She has received over 30 awards and appeared on a dozen publications. She has recently launched the Payment in Kind(ness) initiative, whereby she accepts eco-friendly gestures (LiThs = “Little Things”) as payment in kind toward her artwork.
Ironically, her Little Things exhibition was censored within the first week of opening, as it was found to be “too controversial” by some of the estate residents.
Francesca is happily available for pro bono collaborations with environmental organisations. Making the world a better place through art, in all possible ways, is her biggest hope.
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