My notebook is dressed in knitwear textures. Each texture is contextualized in a scenary that tells a story that is emphasized by the texture. I used a black wavey knit with a picture of the burning oil fields of Kuwait left behind by iraqui troups after the Gulf War. A fluffy white bubbly texture tells us about the cotton picked by farmers in the south of the World. I dresses my Book even on the outside to give it a funny colorful face that tells about my passion for color, yarn and texture that has been the craft of my life.
(Bozen, Italy, 1959)
Marina Spadafora calls Milan, Italy, home. In the 1990s she gained a reputation worldwide for her own collection that featured sophisticated knits. Since then she has collaborated as a design consultant with label such as Prada, Miu Miu and Ferragamo. Marina’s work has always included a strong social and environmental focus, believing that ethics and aesthetics can coincide. Her motto is ” Fashion with a mission”. She currently is Creative Director of “Auteurs du Monde”, a fashion collection entirely produced by artisans in South East Asia, Africa and South America. All the producers belong to the World Fair Trade Organization. Marina works closely with italian Vogue director Franca Sozzani for Fashion for Development, an initiative that works directly with the United Nations to bring development to the emerging economies through fashion. She creates opportunities for African designers to be distributed in retail shops in Italy and the USA and she also facilitates italian brands who want to produce in Africa Marina is a fahion professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Milan.