Born as a display for jewelry, my wooden handpainted hands have become a real design object. These hands are completely articulated wooden models, used as a reference for painting by artists and designers.
Before being painted, the hands need a specific treatment: like any wooden object they have to be cleaned and deprived of any splinters and imperfections by a detailed sanding, a process that makes them perfectly smooth to the touch.
When this procedure is done, the artistic part begins: I paint entirely freehand and without the aid of stencils or carbon paper. The decorations I paint are inspired by the traditional tattoo culture.
Despite all the years that passed by since they were manufacted by leather artisans, these "girls" still don't prove their real age, even if they usually are more than 50 year-old.I often go to flea markets looking for some of these little treasures who survived through the years,and when I find one, I make sure it is a real vintage and check its conditions. Every bag is carefully cleaned outside and inside with specific leather products and all metallic parts are polished until they get shiny again; the decorations I paint must fit perfectly to the shape of the bag, just like a tattoo must fit to the right body part.
In 2017 I started a collaboration with the Museum of Oriental Art in Turin.
At the bookshop of the Museum you can buy my decorated fans, entirely handpainted.
The subjects I paint for this particular collaboration are inspired by oriental arts: not only Japan and China with their Koi carps and dragons, but also Indian Dharmapalas, Korean tigers, Persian illustrations, Indonesian masks and much more.
Each fan is a unique piece made of canvas and wood.