MADE A MANO
MADE A MANO
CERAMIC AND LAVA STONE TILES COLLECTION, 2016. PHOTOS BY DRAW
Made a Mano, just like its country of origin, Sicily, is an expression of the encounters between cultures, the fusion of different civilizations and artistic languages. It gathers and reinterprets influences from the East and West, it brings back to life traces of the past and present.
A folding fan (‘Sensu’ in Japanese) is the object that best embodies this heritage. It has been fascinating all cultures of the world for centuries, becoming a symbol of elegance, lightness and sensuality. Its essence and formal clearness are interpreted in this tiles collection through few manual strokes. The power of the sign and its connection to history emerge through the use of colours and materials typical of Sicily, like coloured glaze, bronze fusion, handmade cotto or lava stone.
FIVE FANS, KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI, 1849
SICILIAN LADIES POSING DURING A TRADITIONAL CEREMONY, AROUND 1930
ANTIQUE PHOTO OF A FAN, EARLY ‘900
SENSU COLLECTION HAS BEEN CONCEIVED ON TILES 10×10 CM AND CAN BE PRODUCED WITH CUSTOM GLAZES
ON HAND MADE COTTO, INDUSTRIAL COTTO OR LAVA STONE. IT IS CAREFULLY HANDCRAFTED IN ITALY.
REPEATING A SINGLE TILE DRAWING OR COMBINING A FEW OF THEM, ENDLESS PATTERNS ARE POSSIBLE. BELOW SOME OF THEM:
KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI, OHARAME – VILLAGE GIRL FROM OHARA, 1829 (LEFT DRAWING) AND HIOGI – JAPANESE CYPRESS FOLDING FAN 1822 (RIGHT DRAWING)