Originally from Italy, Paola Idrontino is a costume designer, textile and visual artist currently based in Barcelona.
She moved to London in 1997 to study art. She lived here for thirteen years.
In 2004 she completed a first class BA (Hons), in graphic design at Central St Martins College, London.
In 2005 she launched Papayapie, with the intention of exploring new ways of highlighting and dramatising the natural silhouette of the body using bizarre costumes and accessories.
She is stirred by a passion for story telling, textile and beauty within nature, otherworldly wearable costumes and creatures from the deep sea.
With an underpinning of traditional techniques, she exploits the manipulative properties of fibres and combines them with unexpected and widely contrasting materials, both new and recycled.
Paola balances the absurd with the deepest depths, the whimsical with the emotional.
Her imagination is moved by thoughts about infinite parallel universes and transient life forms.
Her work has been displayed and sold in various boutiques and galleries:
Moda Sostenible Barcelona, Disseny Hub, 23 Nov 2018, Barcelona
Drap Art, Museu Marítim, 8-9 Dec 2018, Barcelona
YGW - ALG, Filippo Ioco Gallery, Barcelona
TOC Hostel, ALG, Barcelona
Hotel Puerta America, Madrid
Arteria Gallery - ALG, Barcelona
Art Box Project, Basel
Armory Artweeks, The Stricoff Gallery, New York
Centro Civico de Barceloneta, Barcelona
Galeria Beaskoa, Barcelona
Isetan Shinjuku Theory, Japan
Show Pony, Los Angeles
Vessel Gallery, San Francisco
Beyond the Valley, London
Dietro L'angolo, Venice, Italy