By researching into children’s exploratory play, I translate spontaneous actions into hand-woven layered and tridimensional structures, combining materials’ sensory and sculptural properties.
Francesca focuses on hand-weaving as her main media, questioning the idea of cloth and relating to the technical elements of the process to allow a more conscious experience with materials and their qualities.
Following a research into the introduction of textiles in early education as a creative learning tool, she started documenting her workshops’ processes and outcomes, gathering information on children’s spontaneous responses and actions towards materials.
She then started translating these exploratory acts, such as pulling, folding, turning inside-out, into hand-woven structures and surfaces.
Combining a variety of paper yarns and natural fibers, she uses weaving almost as a sculptural process, enhancing their contrasting sensory and structural qualities.
Her previous research, focused in the context of the Reggio Emilia Approach, has led to further development and to textile based activities with children aged 3-8.
Cockpit Arts Awards
01/09/2020 - 31/08/2021Cockpit Arts / Clothworkers Company