Claudia Franco is the consummate artisan. Her work is her life; it is an expression that emanates from her soul, heartfelt in every way.
She works tirelessly pushing boundaries to achieve what resonates with her most – beauty in harmony. A glance at “donna farfalla” convincingly shows her deep understanding of colour and how its myriad of shades can make us flutter.
Claudia pondered on the butterfly’s short life, and allowed her mind’s eye to capture hues that she felt would best convey each stage of the insect’s earthly presence. The neutral background, quite deliberate, gave her the freedom to play with contrasting colours mixing just the right tints so as to attain enough warmth to highlight the platinum. And, uniting all these elements is the protagonist herself, whose endearing facial expression makes us want to drape it tightly around us.
From our point of view, Claudia’s work shows such rare beauty, and we feel privileged to be her digital world platform.
About the Designer
Since her early years in Lecce and Turin Italy, Claudia Franco has been enthralled by the touch and feel of textiles, seduced by their colour and inspired by their natural beauty. Mastering the traditional techniques including Shibari, fine-tuning the old method of fixing steam by angling pots, Claudia added her elegant touch of her paint brushes on pure silk.
“One does not work on silk, one works with silk,” says Claudia. “Silk is a living thing; it guides you and your hands, and together in spiritual union, thousands of colour shades emerge.”
A relationship so heartfelt, respectful and intense cannot help but create wraps, scarves, foulards, and tunics that enchant everyone from discerning clients to overly demanding art gallerists.
In her workshop in Milano, where she has resided for many years, Claudia Franco now creates an exclusive line for The Italian Collection (TIC).