Every two months, BASE houses an artist selected by Illustri, an association that brings together established and up-and-coming artists. The artists spend a week with us, staying at casaBASE, working in the burò, BASE’s project house, and getting involved in life at BASE and the initiatives underway. The creative output of the residency then becomes the poster for the BASE magazine.
From concert fliers to screen printing, pencil drawings peopled by characters who are always a little out of place. Sarah Mazzetti is an illustrator from Bologna whose attention to the balance between colors and shapes is matched only by her desire to tell stories through images.
After graduating in Communication Sciences at Bologna University in 2008, she went on to study at Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design, completing her course in 2010. Since 2009 she has been working freelance, working with clients from Italy and abroad, including The New York Times, The Fader, Link Magazine, GQ, Eni, Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Roma, Anorak Magazine, Kuš!, Strane Dizioni, and Biancoenero Edizioni. In addition to her freelance career, she has also worked on the self-production label Teiera with Giulia Sagramola and Cristina Spanò, and teaches at IED in Milan.
I thought about BASE as a shape from which ideas emerge. A contrast between structure and surprise, a place, but also an inspirational path for a creative professional. I wanted to represent the moment when ideas are mined from your mental “noticeboard”, looking at BASE as a living archive where you can hoard images and inspiration, nourish them, and then grab hold of them again the time is right. A dynamic wait for inspiration which allows you to get to know your own expressive language and feel comfortable in your own shapes. But it’s open to interpretation. What do you see?