Alessandro Di Cola
From Metal to Accessories
Alessandro Di Cola at work
Alessandro Di Cola is an Italian artist who oscillates between design, sculpture and painting. Born in Rome in 1981, he graduated from the Académie des Beaux Arts before devoting himself to producing entirely artisanal one-of-a-kind pieces. Alessandro Di Cola hopes to bring both artistic value and a singular character to each of his works.
The collection of bags entitled Shooting Bag 1981 was created in aluminum and embodies a sophisticated, innovative concept. This metal was chosen for its unique combination of lightness and strength, as well as for its adaptability to a multitude of treatments. It may be beaten, bent, pierced, or hand-polished, with each treatment producing interesting effects.
For his first collection, the artist was inspired by fox hunting culture, adapting the forms of weaponry and other objects such as 19th century teapots. He enriched this vision by adding tartan, turned wood handles and even ancestral hallmarks according to traditional metal finishing techniques.
His work situates itself in the language of experimentation and research, such as in his hybrid-model Hat bag. Alessandro searched for inspiration from the past for combining aluminum with materials such as horsehair and fur to create a collection of accessories that function equally as hats and as bags.
For this artist, function is the natural outcome of a formal work, notably the case with the Poppins bag. The onus is on the owner to discover all of the subtleties, observing its bellows and touching its Nappa leather, which offers a rare finesse and flexibility.
Color, line and elegance are the major strengths of the creations of Alessandro Di Cola. One cannot help but be fascinated by the expressive strength of his Cuff bags. The various hues of the products in the collection were obtained through a process of electro-coloration that enhances the vividness of his dream-like approach.
They are objects of desire, immediately capturing the imagination of those who encounter them. The strength of Alessandro lies in his artistic intuition, which allows him to work with aluminum, copper, brass and Alcantara in a state of mutual osmosis, evoking the passion of a classic Italian epic, such as the film Cabiria expresses.
Made in Rome. He starts his professional career by working in the communication department at Dino Editore, a publishing house on the luxury book market. He enters the fashion business after he graduates in marketing and communication at the Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome. Fascinated by the quality of Italian know-how, he is passionate about menswear and he aspires to be one of the Made in Italy spokesperson, which has been seducing the whole word for decades.
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To Give Oneself Work is the reedition of a performance realized by Juliette Roche last year at the Glasgow School of Art. Over many days, from morning until evening, the Parisian artist, born in 1987, occupies a space accessible to the public, organized like an atelier. She works there with wood and various materials towards a final exhibition which will conclude the performance.
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