Paola Idrontino - a.k.a. Papayapie - is an Italian costume designer, textile artist, and photographer currently living in Barcelona.
She lived in London for eleven years (1997—2008), and in 2004 she completed
a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design at Central St Martins College.
Paola’s passion for storytelling is combined with complex textile arrangements to create costumes inspired by grotesque and otherworldly creatures. Her photography expresses the affection for tales and myths, with references to a feminine world that becomes a protective deity of underwater creatures.
Coral bleaching has been a central theme in Paola’s recent work, and at the heart lies the focus of creating awareness in what is happening to our world’s oceans, in particular to corals.
Balancing the absurd with the deepest depths, the whimsical with the emotional, her wearable marine inspired anthropomorphic creatures bring into question the relationship between humans and nature. "When we see ourselves as part of nature, we understand that saving nature is really about saving ourselves.”
2019 BREATHING WEAVES- The Impact of Climate Change on Coral Reefs, Les Bernardes, Girona.
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2018 BEFF - Design Museum, Barcelona.
2018 DRAP ART - Maritime Museum, Barcelona.
2018 SENSEFILS - Centre Civico Barceloneta, Barcelona.
2018 YOUNG GALLERY WEEKEND - Filippo Ioco Gallery, Barcelona.
2018 FERIA ARCO - Art Lover Ground, Madrid.
2017 ALG - Arteria Gallery, Barcelona.
2017 ART BOX PROJECTS - Basel, New York.
2020 Divers For The Environment - March issue, Dubai.
2019 Condé Nast - La Luna Puede Esperar, January, Spain.
2019 Elle Serbia - A king Of Magic November, Serbia.
2019 Lampoon Magazine - Crafted, November, Italy.
2019 Hi-Fructose Magazine - Online article about Evanescent.
2019 Beautiful Bizarre - Top 100 designer on instagram.
2018 Divers For The Environment - December issue, Dubai.
2018 Jute Magazine - Follow Your Magic Mystery Summer, London.
2018 Divers For The Environment - December issue, Emirates.
2018 IYOR 2018 - Featuring Evanescent.