Left: I was the first baby and as you can see, I was the center of the world. 2.5 months old with my parents on the right and my uncle - my father’s brother - and aunt on the left, all barely in their 20’s. Two just married Italian couples starting their life in Paris in the early 60’s. Right: I am 6 years old. I remember well this elegant red coat and hat.
I was born in Paris in 1962 to Italian parents. I live and work in Brooklyn with my husband, musician Oscar Noriega.
I like mixing different techniques and mediums - ink drawing, calligraphy, painting, screen printing and ceramics. I am inspired by flowers, animals, and landscapes, but also by vintage objects and beautiful design. My style is realistic and poetic, my world is nurtured by B&W movies and old photographs.
I create illustrations for concert posters, album covers and printed t-shirts, postcards, decorated vintage dishes, ceramic sculptures, and silkscreen prints.
From left to right: In my early 30’s with Luciano, my brother. That day we came back from shopping in Siena and improvised a silly photoshoot with my new outfit. With my husband Oscar in our house in Brooklyn, just married. Four chairs I found on the sidewalk of my street in New York City. After I moved to New York, I started photographing and creating things. I reupholstered these chairs using an old picture of an Italian family from Ellis Island.
WHERE I COME FROM: My Italian mother brought me into this world at the American Hospital in Paris. Years later, I became a citizen of the United States. In Paris, I educated my eyes, built my taste and learned from the best and most creative people in the fashion industry. My Italian origins taught me rigor, ethics, and cooking as an art form. In New York I met great musicians and started building my work as an artist. Cross culture defines who I am.
Conquering New York, left. A pile of magazines I worked for, center. At the window of the US Vogue office when it was on Madison Avenue, right.
Growing up, I always liked devouring fashion magazines: Elle, Marie-Claire and Vogue, of course. At twelve, I wrote in my journal that my dream was to work at Vogue one day, and I did. I graduated from “L’Ecole Nationale supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Arts” with the strong determination to conquer the “crème de la crème” of fashion magazines in Paris. In the early 2000s, I witnessed the dance of the New York fashion predators, at Vogue and Victoria’s Secret Catalogue. I both loved and hated it; nevertheless participating in the making of such icons was a fascinating experience.
Portraits I took of my dear musician friends. From top left: Curtis Hasselbring, the elevator at Avatar Recording Studios, Dave Douglas, Tony Malaby, Mark Feldman, Oscar Noriega, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil band with Chess Smith, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, and Tim Berne, Dana, visual artist and a book lover friend of mine, Judith Berkson, the band Endangered Blood with Oscar Noriega, Trevor Dunn, Jim Black and Chris Speed, Skuli Sverrisson and Hilmar Jensson.
THE MUSIC ROOM. The store produces my designs and illustrations for home decor. The name “The Music Room” has been part of my life for many years. It’s the title of one of my favorite movies, as well as a room in my house. The movie, a 1958 masterpiece by the Indian director Satyajit Ray, portrays the decline of a Bengali landlord in the early 1900s. It’s the story of a man who sacrifices his family and ruins his wealth for the love of music. Music is very much part of my everyday life. I’m lucky to be surrounded by amazing musicians, my mentors, my friends and my spouse.