Italy / Argentine
Francesca Antonello's style is a combination coming from her background in sculpture linked to traditional jewellery techniques. The result is a game of textures and contrasts, of abstract and asymmetric shapes often involuntarily sensual. Her current studio production explores the theme of social integration, entitled “Beyond”. The pieces' textures wish to represent an ideal and harmonious melting-pot which goes over any kind of cultural, social and economic boundary. The artist designed and made this collection with meticulousness basing herself on three founding elements: resistance, weight control and simplicity of forms. Nothing is random; the shapes may seem to be heavy but, on the contrary, are ultralight and have a pleasant tactile effect.
Passionate of materials, mainly those that are 100% recyclable, she has developed an innovative technique (patent pending), that consists in a laborious process for preparing a hybrid material resulting from the use of aluminium foam combined to different woody essences.
The designer began her apprenciship as a goldsmith learning directly in a jewelley workshop in Rome in 1999. She studied at the art-school, then subsequently Literature at La Sapienza University and as Technician in Woodcarving at the S. Giacomo School of Ornamental Arts in Rome. She specialized as Technician in Artistic treatment of metal at TAM, school of higher education directed by Master Arnaldo Pomodoro. From 2012 to 2017, she moved to England, where she achieved an MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products from the School of Jewellery at BCU - Birmingham City University (UK), where she also completed a two-year long residency providing teaching assistance to the MA course.