Snapdragon / Parallel Universes
What does it happen when two people, a traditional illustrator and an innovative designer, living in different countries, with different backgrounds and lifestyles, look together at the same flower? A snapdragon: a childhood memory for her, a reminder of a garden in the Tuscan countryside, of pink and orange sunsets; a virtual bond with him, used to look at pixel‐based interpretations of nature from his office in London.
We live at the confluence of two worlds, and the two parallel universes meet in this flower.
I was born in 1984 in Siena and after scientific studies I graduated in Archaeology in 2006. Since I was 15 I spent all my free time drawing, putting together my great passion for illustration with my love for science and history. From 2007, I worked with illustration studios and School of Comics in Florence on projects commissioned by museums and publishing houses. In 2011 I started specializing in botanical illustrations for advertising, working for Aboca, RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show, drawing for adv campaigns and magazines across Europe, Australia and USA.
My work almost always pivots around a collaboration with other creatives. Collaboration nurtures the opportunity for friction and the unexpected to manifest organically. When two views collide, the result can be beautiful and mesmerising in ways neither party could have imagined alone. Ironically, collaboration in this sense is more about controlled conflict than banding together. We push against each other, looking for ways to create tension and conflict in the work, finding ways to disrupt flow abruptly so that the viewer is forced to pause and re-evaluate what they are looking at. It doesn’t always work.