"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
"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 (British Association for Modern 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 [http://southbankmosaics.com] (a place which she still regularly and enthusiastically attends twice a week), where she obtained a first Award course. She then took a course in Roman mosaics at Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli [http://scuolamosaicistifriuli.it] 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!
Francesca's aim is to constantly push herself beyond her creative boundaries: experimenting with different subjects, colours, materials, textures, depth, tools or methods... Juggling between the completely different settings of her studios in London and Trieste makes it even more intriguing. Her philosophy is always to learn as much as possible, never to take anything for granted, and then - to make it hers!
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