Every two months, BASE welcomes an artist selected alongside Illustri, an association that brings together established and emerging illustrators.
The creative output of the residency then becomes the poster for our magazine.
Allow us to introduce this month’s illustrator, Gianluca Folì, who talks us through his creative inspirations with the help of a few cherished possessions.
“In my ‘box of wonders‘ I keep a tube of this expensive, top of the range Japanese watercolour paste. It’s the shade of red that all my work starts from, a ritual that reminds me that quality doesn’t come cheap and that you have to invest in your own potential, both as a person and as an illustrator. I’ve also brought a pair of bonsai clippers which cauterise the plant as they cut it so as to encourage new buds to sprout. For me this represents the need to keep renewing my own creative process. I’ve been inspired by the concept in Oriental philosophy that actions lead from the idea to the final realisation: to me ceremony isn’t about rigidity, it’s about method.
The illustration I’ve created for BASE is the culmination of different elements – the place, the people I’ve met, the clamour, memories of Milan – and of a time just for me, away from the studio. BASE is like an evolving organism, a kind of gentle giant because amongst all the hustle and bustle it doesn’t forget to take care of the small things.
If I were to hand over any kind of talisman to someone in the creative industries, I would give them an eraser still in its wrapper, because, for me, breaking out of the “make a mistake-erase-draw it again” loop allowed me to rid myself of performance anxiety. I don’t erase anymore.”