Sit Down With Our #090 Featured Artist

Francesca Franceschi

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Featured Artist / #093 ScrawlrBox 

I am a visual Artist and Designer born in Rome in 1974. Since 2012,I have lived and worked in Amsterdam, where I specialize in pattern design illustration, with decades of experience in fashion and printing applied to fabrics. My work mainly consists of researching, drawing, and illustrating, where I explore different analogue and digital techniques.

As a visual artist, I use various mediums to execute projects, primarily related to fabrics. My inspiration comes from everywhere, as life is intense and exciting. I aspire to have fun while working. I have a special relationship with colours, as a synesthete, which makes it all the more interesting. Emotions, numbers, letters, and memories have colours for me, adding to my life’s richness. My art project, Superfluo, represents a bright colour concept that involves expressing what is unnecessary but necessary through feelings and colours.

What has been the most challenging project you have worked on so far?

The preparation of my first solo exhibition, which will be on May 6, 2023, in Amsterdam.The challenging part is not in its content but in the concept and presentation. Probably because it represents a transition between design and art that I still needed to clarify with myself

What do you love most about what you do?

What I love about my job is the well-being I get from doing things that are beautiful in my eyes. I need this emotion in my life.

What is your favourite medium to work with?

I don’t have a favourite medium; I could saythat my favourite medium is the union of many techniques. I could not choose one because each one depends on the other.

If you were describing your art to a stranger, how would you describe it?

Cheerful, colourful, structured.

What is it you like about working with a CMYK colour palette?

The CMYK palette represents almost everything I identify as colour, so it means so much to me.

What other supplies do you think pair well with marker pens?

Many techniques can be combined and mixed. But as much as I care, I never combine material painting with marker pens.

Are there any art goals you are working towards?

Yes, I have many. I’ve just finished working on two projects that will be exhibited on May 6 in Amsterdam, and I’m considering starting another project still related to fabric.

Is there a type of work surface you find yourself drawn to?

Lately, I’ve been attracted by worktops that aren’t two-dimensional; I like to exploreby playing with overlaps, even of different materials.

What is it about patterns that inspires you to draw them?

What I like about drawing Patterns is that they are endless drawings. Being meant for surfaces, fabrics, and wallpapers, they must be produced on cylinders, making them a never-ending picture. I find it amazing.

How do you begin a new pattern piece? How does it develop into something you are happy with?

Ideas usually come to me naturally; Ilet them flow inside me. And I’m happy when I like what I do; the secret is feeling first hand that what you’ve done suits you. If so, it will make you happy, and it will be pleasant for others too.

What is your biggest motivator?

The pleasure of creation.

Do you listen to podcasts or music while you work? If so what are your favourites?

I’m Italian, and I usually listen tomy favourite Italian radio and its podcasts about cinema, books, general knowledge. The radio is Radio Rai 3. I am also a fan of the online radio NTS, they have music programs from London and Los Angeles, London is my favourite.

Is your work available for purchase? If so, where from?

My work can be purchased through me, and through Collection MGallery in Amsterdam.

ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093
ScrawlrBox #093

ScrawlrBox #093

The #093 ScrawlrBox had us experimenting with colour, we tried to make as many colours as possible with the CMYK palette (which turns out to be over 16,000 combinations!) Francesca Franceschi, this month’s featured artist, also enjoys experimenting with the CMYK colours and created the wonderful abstract piece. This box contains Duotip Ecoline markers, a waterproof Copic liner and 10 sheets of mixed media paper.