Born in Italy 1977, Paola Idrontino moved to London at the age of 18 to study art.
In 2004 Paola completed a first class BA(Hons) in Graphic Design at CSM. One year later she launched Papayapie with the intention of exploring new ways of highlighting and dramatising the natural silhouette of the body using accessories and garments. Her inspiration comes from handicrafts, bizarre costumes, textiles and the beauty within nature.
She is stirred by a passion for story telling and textile design, otherworldly wearable objects and creatures from the deep sea. Moved by thoughts about infinite parallel universes and transient life forms.
All this she condenses into extraordinary costumes and accessories, each one a unique, wearable art work, or photographs elaborate tableaux that portray deep aspects of the psyche, the finished image being a stunning phantasmagorical picture full of mystery, beauty and insight.
She has had the pleasure of working on exclusive accessories for:
Judith Holfelder, singer of Wir Sind Helden, Psapp, Lingo Scott, Daedelus. Imogen Heap also keeps a piece in her collection from Papayapie.
Her accessories have reached various boutiques around the world: Isetan Shinjuku Theory - Tokyo, Show Pony - LA, Vessel - SF, Galeria Beaskoa - BCN, Beyond the Valley - LDN, DietroLangolo - Venice.
Custom orders for screen, stage and still images are available on request.