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Andy Cameron has left the building

It was a sad day yesterday as we said good bye to a much loved leader. After a decade of various highly successful projects, international exhibitions, and plenty of Prosecco consumption, the executive director and head of the Interactive department, decided it was time to move on. We did the best we could to celebrate his time here at fabrica, but in total honesty his absence was already being felt before his departure.

The student body of Fabrica wishes him a fond farewell, and a total prosperity for his future.

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P.s…oops…did I mention that Liz Cretney and I made some British scones with blueberry jam and cream for him? Yep! we did, come back tomorrow for the pics!

Vidhi Shah has left the building (snif)

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Vidhi Shah tells the most surreal stories on a Saturday morning, makes the best packed soup I’ve ever had and is one of the only people in the world who learned to spell Gwercman in less than two minutes. She is back in Bombai, her hometown, leaving not only an empty room in my house, but also a hard-to-replace hole in the Writing Department.
What’s the best life advice you heard at Fabrica?
I’m usually very scornful of any advice, but there was something very cool about Enrico’s “Right now, you have only made a half goal. You should make a full goal”. The use of football terminology in life-coaching always charms me.
What is the best thing you learned here?
The most useful thing I’ve learned is that you should make it a point to eat a second dinner when you get home at 3 am on a Friday night. It will save Saturday morning.
What was your favorite meeting whilst here at Fabrica?
All the fake meetings at Enjo’s, where we would have long, lazy department lunches, and a quick work discussion after dessert. And of course, the one where I learned about authority and competence. That was an important one.
What’s the biggest myth about Fabrica you’ve heard?
That everybody there is a ‘student’. I find the term quite inappropriate.
You are one of the few who didn’t fall into the breaking-up-with-my-boyfriend tradition. Do you care to give some advice on long-distance – and long-lasting – relationships in a place like this?
Go see Roberto at the Tre shop in Piazza San Vito and get yourself a Skype phone. That’s all you need. And if things get desperate, Tiffanys will sell you a love potion if you go there after-hours on a Tuesday night.
Are there things you hadn’t realized about your experience here until you got back home?
Yeah, a 15 hour flight back home makes you do that. Even though I refused to admit it while I was in Fabrica, the experience changed me in some ways. I think i’m now a little more accepting, a little less sarcastic, and have a better understanding of my own laziness and confusion. Also, I’ve begun to use American spellings instead of British. I hate that.
If you have to choose one adjective to define Fabrica, what would it be?
Laboratory-ian, even though it’s not a real adjective. I know that we joke about this really often, but I’m seriously waiting for the day when all ex-fabricanti will be told about how we were the subjects of an experiment that put people in a bunker, and tested the effect of various stimuli on them. Anybody who thinks i’m being too dramatic can go up to my old desk in the writing department and look up at the blinking black device hidden in the light. There was a camera above my head the whole time I was in Fabrica.
What was the best story you’ve invented while here?
I solemnly swear that they were all true. I am typing this with only one finger. My other hand is on the Bible.
Now that you are home, are you happy with the decision of leaving?
Anybody who leaves Fabrica knowing that they’re going to walk into the biggest recession ever, is either very brave or a complete idiot. I’m still trying to figure out which one I am.
What has been keeping you away from the computers these days?
Just trying to be productive. Lets see how long it lasts.
What’s your blood type?
A +ve, with a slight Vampirical dilution.
The classic (and my favorite): what are the most memorable moments of your experience here?
Looking back, it seems like a happy, hazy blur, with a few laughs sticking out. Like the time I walked halfway across Treviso with Barbara and Safeeyah, a double-bed matress balanced on our heads. There’s more- dancing to bad music the kitchen, sneakily sticking stuff on Cosimo’s car, dancing in Jacky’s apartment with a blanket covering the tv screen because porn shows have great music, jumping into the Benetton party pool with Benjamin, taking a detour to Pisa at 3 in the morning, hindi-speaking bike rides with Pushkar, Prosecco in the morning, a no-wine-allowed birthday party, stepping out of the Venice Biennale pavillion to see that the whole city was covered in a thick dense fog. And the 2013 toast, i’m going to remember that one.
What about the worst times?
There was one distinct moment when I sat by myself in the patio, and wondered if I should buy a ticket and fly back home the next morning. It was the thought of packing all my stuff overnight that stopped me. I had the same moment two weeks later. And about once a month after that. It’s a yo-yo.
Website?
www.skigig.com

Gustavo Millon has left the building

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Photo by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza
In Chilean folklore, busquilla is the man who has learned to fight his own way, depending on no one else. Earlier this year, when lunches at Ennio were still held outside, that was how a fellow compatriot described Gustavo. I thought it fitted him perfectly – both because the word sounded rather humble (an adjective that has always suited Gustavo) and because of his history. The first Chilean to step into the Bubble, the photographer from Santiago was told right from the beginning things wouldn’t be easy for him (not that things are that easy for any of us, but we are usually well deceived in the beginning!). One year and a half later, he is back in Santiago and guarantees it was all worth it.
Were you really the first chilean guy at Fabrica? How did you get here?
Yes, i’m the first chilean in fabrica (what doesn’t mean the last one, I hope) I participated in a contest “Wanted Creativity” (yes, wanted creativity) about the environment. I sent one project and I won, the prize was the scholarship in Fabrica for one year.
Deciding to come was a difficult or an obvious choice?
It was obvius, good opportunity for meet with different persons, be a better photographer and know about Fabrica. Also, it was my first time in Europe, in Italy and Treviso. (speaking in english!)
What’s the best word to describe Fabrica?
“Bubble”. My first roomate (Nobu, japanese) told me that. I thought he was exaggerating but I understood later what mean. Fabrica is a small bubble what cover us of everything. We speak in english (no italian) we stay there for all the day and is diffcult have connections with persons outside of Fabrica, all the day togheter. Even when we are outside of Fabrica. Sometimes is good, sometimes is…
What was the best life advice you heard here?
“I will be here if you need to talk with someone” Diego Beyró (is not a advice, but is something what always i will remember)
Most memorable moments.
I can’t describe all the great moments what I had in Fabrica, mensa for sure! the conversations in the coffee machine! but something what I always I will remember is ride in my bicycle in Treviso (something what I will continue doing here)
How would you like to be remembered?
I don’t know. Maybe like the guy that smile always… 😉
Last words?
My last words are just have all the fun that you can get in Fabrica, do your personal projects (is the best of Fabrica) and never change, even if someone tell you are wrong, because usually is not like that.
Ah! I want to tell something to all the persons that wrote a poem (this is in five languages because i received like that)
(In english) thanks to all, it was a great experience. My english is getting better after of this!
(In portugueis) Eu espero aprender essa língua bonita e sua cultura (obrigado Brasil e Portugal)
(In italian) Mi mancherà il capuccino e la brioche per la mattina! un abbraccio a tutti
(In german) Und am Ende, wir sind zusammen. Ich werde Sie vermissen Prinzessin
(In spanish) a mi hermosa comunidad hispanohablante que me dio lo mejor de los recuerdos, lo mejor de todo. A ese pinche culero que dibuja carteles con sentido e inteligencia y que tiene un gran corazón, al español que filma largos ratos a ver lo que aparece (y se le aparece lo hermoso delante de su camara), a ese catalán que me retaba como su hermano menor pero que me enseñó lo que es ser noble y justo siempre (joder!) al argentino que llega tarde siempre (pero que trabaja mas que ninguno con una creatividad increíble, garca! haha) y a mi gran hermano argentino artista que se que va a lograr todo lo que se proponga, siempre. Porque si tu me dijiste que estarías simepre yo también lo estaré para tí (no me olvido por supuesto del gato mas inteligente y hablador del mundo que te cuida) GRACIAS A TODOS
PD: all, all of them are pirates;)
www.gustavomillon.com

Cosimo has left the bunker

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Our wise and wonderful nonno has left us, and we miss him terribly. Our only comfort is in knowing that he has gone to a more peaceful place. Before his passing, he wrote this message:
Dear Kids,
After three long years I’ve finally left the bunker, like all grandpas sooner or later do. It’s been good, extremely intense and sometimes difficult.
While I’m away, you guys take care of the grandma and more than anything of each other. Work together, bike together, play football together, sleep together (I know you will, you unfaithful sex addicts), learn Australian aphorisms and Italian obscenities, fantasize about future communal projects that will never happen, get to know about wine and get pissed every now and then at Roberto’s, miss the last train from Venice to Treviso, make jokes about British people being always drunk and violent, Indian people shaking their heads to say something confusing between “yes” and “maybe”, Italian people talking with their hands, and all the other silly stereotypes that are actually confirmed by living in the bunker. Be good and respectful but let those who live at the bunker’s top floors conspire, panic and argue with each other, without getting involved. It’s healthier. Speak with Maurizio and with the guys from the portineria, instead. They’re real people.
As for me, I will finally set up my own business, a wedding cake one as you can see from the photo above.
A big hug.
Grandpa Cosimo

Salute to Károl de Rueda

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Károl, Fabrica’s adored and esteemed writer (and this blog’s darling), slipped out of the building last spring in the kind of impassioned, mysterious way typical of this mexican enigma. She continued writing for Fabrica from an undisclosed location on the great American continent. Recently, I persuaded her to write about her own experience here…this is what she had to say:
What was life like before Fabrica?
As usual, surprising and unpredictable.
I was freelancing graphic design in both Mexico and the US, as well as editing and writing about life and its mysterious ways. I was also learning, besides English, that life is way too short to stay still intimidated by your ideas and dreams.
What was life like at Fabrica?
Contradictory; painful, heartbreaking, frustrating, disappointing, but also fascinating, exhilarating, enriching, glorious. Life at Fabrica was full of that rare passion that turns the boredom of a customary life into the magical, the utopian and the extraordinary.
Did you learn anything during your time here?
In fact, everyday was a learning experience. I learned about Italian culture, falling in love with it. I learned about diversity, about fascinating cultures and recondite places, about sounds, ways of life and certainly about food.
And at the end, in a place that deliberately denies the worries of adulthood and offers you a unique mental freedom that undresses your true personality, I realized how much I learned about myself.
Most memorable moments?
Way too many! But I will never forget that beautiful three days birthday party (especially the Gargantua day!), also night talking with Julia and Nam, balcony sun enjoying with Lizy, dance awakening with Mike and Nic, eat traveling with Anto, canal walking alone. Dinners with Christianito’s parents, hot arguments with Nobu, ichating with Paolo, brujeando with Cosimo. So many moments! Beer with fries after football, cooking for everyone, the gelato nights, dinners in Venice, Italian cover bands (especially Guns ‘n Roses!), all the travels. And of course the bike rides, especially those when the city was sleeping. What a beautiful and peaceful place!
Most memorable people?
This is truly the best of Fabrica. The most important achievement of all is to share your life with the most amazing people and learn from them; all my lovely roommates including of course the queen of tiramisú, my dearest insanity man, my Celtic chick, the eternal lambada dancer, the exceptional photographer and the photographer who pretends to be a journalist, the designer with soul of philosopher, mis queridísimos culeros, el poeta cubano, the wise maker of Il Secolo Veloce, the amusing English characters, mr Bob Dylan, the brazilian heat, the patient snowboarding teacher, los camotes poblanos, the sweet bike sharer, the greatest Japanese impersonator, los boludos, the nonstop Austrian dancer, the Spanish energy, the amazing Indian spice, the original Australian sense of humor. The beautiful kiwi; the most wonderful and greater listener. And of course the formaggio ladies, who not matter what, where there for me five days a week.
I am taking all of them home with me.
Worst moments?
Even that is contradictory at Fabrica, because when you leave, you miss the pain of the bad days, but at the same time, you suffer thinking about the old wonderful times. It’s all good!
What advice would you have wanted before coming here?
Create without permission, collaborate with as many people as you can, share and find support to realize your projects, and don’t fall in love with inexpensive good wine; is a deeply painful break up….
Future plans?
Keep freelancing, keep learning, keep moving, keep dancing, keep listening.
Keep growing.
Any parting words?
Lets start getting ready for the First Former Fabricanti Reunion (definitely!) and of course, an enormous thanks to Mr Benetton, who believes in diversity, freedom and multiculturalism in the name of creativity.
¡Hasta siempre!
Károl, keep us posted….bestitos.

Marta Teixeira da Silva has left the building

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Before the hordes of Portuguese came in, there was Marta Teixeira da Silva. The wisest of us all, Marta distributed her inspiring words with the same elegance anywhere – from a cigarette break outside the Design Department to a big shot presentation at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice. Back in her homeland, she announces: Lisboa continua muito boa!
What was life like before Fabrica?
I was in sunny Lisbon, working in Fabrica Features Lisboa, working together with Cristina Dias with whom I was also working in other projects – making special edition CD Packgings, all silk screen printed and hand made.
What was life like at Fabrica?
It was a great year. Had the chance to be part of some great projects, met a lot of beautiful and talented people, learned some italian and spanish and french, and even improved my portuguese serelepi from brazil. Had a lot of friends coming to visit, witch was also very nice. Had the honor to experiment some extraordinary recipes and some nice wine.
It was a great and full year.
Most memorable moments?
The memorable moments are always about the people which you share them with.
But being in there is already a memorable moment. It’s a very special place, where you have a completely different life than at home with very different people. Everything is intense, it’s one year but it runs really fast. Will never forget some smiles and great moments even if they are stupid things like having a carrot screaming inside your oven.
What is the plan now?
Back to Lisbon and enjoying every part of it and every friend. It’s good to be back and being surprised again by beautiful things in this city that you tend not to forget. Working in some great projects and waiting for visits here in Lisbon.
Have a lot of memorable moments.
Last words?
Enjoy that time, be sincere and make the best out of that time in there but don´t forget that its also good to go back to reality.
Salute!!
Introduction by Barbara…(please join the blog team, b!!!! x)

Giulia de Meo has left the building

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The generous and gorgeous Giulia de Meo has gone. She will be remembered for patiently and positively refining all her work to brilliance, especially words, sacher-torte, and robot-dancing. The final results and the process have made a lot of people in this building extremely happy. Thanks for everything Giulia….
What was life like before Fabrica?
After my graduation in philosophy I decided to get the one in Semiotics, which is the most incredible subject ever. So I left Venice and I moved to Bologna for three years, where I lived with some friends and my sweet Charles Sanders Peirce, alias my cute cat EVVIVA.
Whatever I decided to do, it was a success. At school, with sports, at Uni. I am not proud of it at all: that was the worst thing that could happen to a young girl. Even if I could be satisfied with my life I was never happy, and I continuously felt emptiness inside me. I was missing something. Probably something like a home, a cousy, friendly place.
Last year I started to work in several places and doing very different jobs: waitress, copy writer, bar-girl…and it was really a frustrating period!
Then I went to Fabrica.
What was life like at Fabrica?
It was hard at the beginning. There were graphics, photographers, video makers and other people with specific skills. I was… I was… What did Giulia exactly do at Fabrica? Nobody knew what was my job. And Fabricanti didn’t even know that I was a student, because I have always come back home to Venice at night and I didn’t share an apartment with them in Treviso.
Semiotics? Just few people knew what Semiotics exactly meant, and I felt that I was not “the best” for the very first time. Finally.
I felt I was definitely IN THE WRONG PLACE.
I had to build my own space, to build my own specific objectives every day, step by step, and Fabrica gave me the chance to learn, to grow up. For this, I have to say thank you to Omar,‘cause he’s always believed in me, even if I was not a graphic designer. Crazy!
I have never found anything “warmer” than Fabrica in my life, and the friends I met there, managed to support me during this year, which has been quite difficult for me.
What did you learn at Fabrica?
I learnt that to share something is the most beautiful thing in the world. That nothing is special if you cannot talk about it with a friend. That you don’t have to be shy or ashamed of showing your weakness, and that the best results are those you didnt expect to see.
Day by day you can build something that can always be improved.
The process is more important than the prize. This is creativity.
I learnt to be HAPPILY IN THE WORNG PLACE…
Most memorable moments?
“Mio occhio non funziona” (Lars); “Da bambina avevo un coniglio” (Valerie); “HIIIIIIIC!” (Josh); “Troppo sensuale” (Hugo); “Cipollina!” (Pushkar); “Ciao bèa!” (Piero); “Giulietta!” (Barbara); “Giulyyyyyyyy?” (Omar); “Are u going to Treviso Dani?” (Priya); “Scopiamo?” (Brad); “Vieni a vedere la storia infinita con Siemens?” (Diego); “Seee, di corsa!” (Lars).
And then: my dirty chats with Valerie and Sir Lars; my tea time with Dani, Priya and Valerie; Josh’s hiccup; every single conversations with my dear friend Brad; Diego’s tenacy; the insults with Gabri; our zoo time when someone came to visit our department; doing shopping at Panorama with Josh, mensaboy, Valerie and Lars; our faces during meetings; Hugo’s shyness; the way I hated the Spanish people – especially Pao – during the last World Championship; to invite people at cake times, my sentence in dialect with Piero; Barbara and all the writers’ sweetness; Babak’s “ciao bellezza come stai?”; Andy saying “I love your tagliatella”; “Formaggio?” at mensa; my unforgettable goodbye party last week.
And now?
Now that I left Fabrica, I’m sure that now I would not be able to stay far from my friends: I’m gonna meet them every time I can, both in Venice and Treviso, more than before, as long as they are still in Italy, bringing my cakes and sweets again.
I have just started to work for an Agency not far from Venice. It takes just 45 minutes from my house (exactly half the time it took to me to arrive at Fabrica!) and… it’s a real job. I am the responsible for the the communication and for the relations with journalists.
Finally I can write and be creative in Italian, which is my mother language.
Now a new adventure’s started. I’m a bit scared but I felt stronger now, after almost a year at Fabrica. Thanks to my friends, di corsa.
You made me get cheesy for the first time!
Last words?
EVVIIIIIIIIIIIVA!

Scott Heinrich has left the building

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Scott Heinrich departed Fabrica a few weeks ago, in a slow and careful manner – farewelling person by person. It was like when you take off a band-aid really really slow, releasing each hair, careful not to pull any out with you. Here is his farewell interview, the most articulate ever, with all you need to know about Fabrica as a place, experience, phenomena.
What was life like before Fabrica?
Corporate and numb. Before applying to Fabrica I was generally irritated by my surroundings, work, culture, lifestyle, everything. But I was also very inspired. I have since learned that my subconscious revels and rebels in situations where I am generally disappointed with my situation. The result is a heightened and inspired state of consciousness. So in this sense (before Fabrica), I was motivated and determined to achieve something greater than what I had.
What was life like at Fabrica?
Chaotic, inspiring, heartbreaking, uplifting, surreal and awe-inspiring. Bust most importantly it is what you make of it. Some people dislike chaos, but I love it. Chaos is where opportunity lies, and is where I was most productive. If Fabrica was organised and orderly, I would have not have experienced, collaborated, or experimented as much as I did.
As for our lifestyle, Fabrica is a bubble, completely void of reality yet also somehow symbolic of a lifetime. Emotionally (albeit abstractly) I experienced a birth, death, and marriage all within my scholarship. You make intense friendships that last on average of 4-6 months, which are soon followed by a farewell, and then repeated again and again. I feel very privileged to have met so many ‘best friends’ from all over the world, yet at times being so far removed from them can be very painful.
What did you learn at Fabrica?
Fabrica untaught everything I thought I knew about being creative. I arrived a naive university graduate, and left two years later even more naive. This has been a process that I am most proud of. I have gained too many insights to list here, but there is one piece of advice from Enrico that has become even more relevant to me in recent weeks…
”ehh Scotta, you listen to me. Start. Just start. You people think to much, its all in your mind. People, young people, think too hard about where they belong in the world, or they fantasise too much about their dreams. By the time you decide what you want to do, the race is already finished. Finito! Capisco? Ehh, you understand?” — Enrico Bossan
Basically this means don’t waste time daydreaming or holding out for grandeur. Stop thinking ‘what if?’ You have exactly what you need to start right now — yourself. I also learned that a flaw in the mentality of Fabricanti is in asking permission to work on personal projects, submitting themselves to the status quo, and accepting the defeat. This is completely backward, and a form of procrastination. I am not directing this at anyone specifically, but is more so an attitude that I have seen passed from one generation to the next. And an attitude that I am asking current and new Fabricanti to change for the good of all future generations.
During my first year at Fabrica I found myself to be in a position of creative autism. Here was an environment where I was absorbing so much information and inspiration daily, that I lost clarity of what I was trying to achieve. This induced a constant state of daydreaming, which is euphoric and fantastical, but self-destructive if you are intending to be productive. And seeing as most of us enter Fabrica with high expectations, these distractions (and others) can become a real problem. Phoebe and Babak both individually helped me in controlling these distractions, but it wasn’t until I encountered the writings of Gertrude Stein that I truly understood how to create what she describes as an ‘inspired feedback loop’, a way of balancing chaos (inspiration) with productivity.
I guess what Im saying is that yes there are problems and distractions within Fabrica, but this is true for all large creative organisations, or even solo pursuits. It is very difficult to ask 25 young creatives to conform to one structure, or one model of working. In the end it seems best to remain flexible and willing for anarchy to reign, while also maintaining a balance of control in order to be productive. This applies to Fabrica as a collective as well as to the students individually.
I am truly grateful to have gained such insights, and I encourage other Fabricanti to do the same.
Most memorable moments?
During my final week in Treviso, I realised how full of memories these medieval laneways had become. Each street corner housed the celebration of a birthday, arrival or farewell. It felt as if I were already experiencing a past life.
Some of my favourite past lives included our crossdressing escapades with Matt, Miren and Pia, idyllic bike rides along River Sile with nearly everyone, teaching Piero how to pronounce the word ‘ruckus’ on route to Lago Morta, sharing the joys of a Tim-Tam Slam with Donovan and Becka, returning home exhausted from a day at the Venice Biennale, and having Tomonaga cook you his famous Miso Soup, before rushing off for a one euro vino bianco with Lawrence at Torqai.
But most vividly I remember the bar where I first met Phoebe, the markets where I would meet Lars every Saturday morning, and Mama’s Pizzeria (aka Gianburrasca) where Brad and I would talk about girls, films, and the injustices of Fabrica.
And now?
Three weeks ago, I moved back to Adelaide (Austraia) where I am now freelancing as an art director, and continuing my experiments and development into the realm of video making. I hope to start making documentaries about farmers in the Australian outback, because while I was abroad I realised that ‘country Australia’ has its own unique dialect that is considered foreign by the rest of the world. A characteristic I now find fascinating.
Last words?
I hope my answers are not sounding pessimistic, because I feel quite the opposite. Every day I was surrounded by amazingly talented individuals who just by their presence fill you with hope and confidence. Letting go of this community is by far the hardest part of leaving Fabrica.
As for the new Fabricanti, and old ones…
Dont become too comfortable or take things for granted. Stop complaining. Never wait for your opportunities, always chase them. Collaborate at all costs. Agitate, question, and support each other. At all times, have ONE (and only one) concise vision for YOURSELF and your personal project. It’s easy to be distracted by commercial work or false initiatives, so the more focused you remain, the more likely you will achieve your dream goal. Most importantly, enjoy what you do. You’re living in Utopia right now.
www.scottheinrich.com
Thanks Scott, for your support of everything and everyone, and buon viaggio for your next creative journey.

Jin Kang has left the building

The most shy, gentle and polite guy ever will soon join … THE KOREAN ARMY!
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What were you doing before Fabrica, and what are your plans now?
Before coming here I was working as a freelancer for several companies. Prior to that I was studying. And of course I used to listen to the music all the time, as I did at Fabrica.
But what I loved the most was to work as a voluntary designer for non-commercial companies.
Next year I’m gonna work in the Korean Army, but I want to start again my voluntary work as well.
Was Fabrica what you expected it to be?
I think the people are even more important than the work, here at Fabrica.
Collaborations, friendship, tolerance, respect.
This is exactly what I expected to find here.
Did you learn anything during your time here?
I learnt to speak English, (at least, better than before!) to control myself, and how to talk to different kinds of people.
Best moments in Treviso?
Last week, at Pushkar’s party: I got drunk for the very first time.
I was really confused, but happy!
Anything else you would like to say?
I will miss everybody, and I hope to see you again else where, in the future.
Just as adult people in the real world.

Francesca Wade has left the building

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Magical Francesca, known for making amazing things appear from nothing, like thurs-day-night movies, and “do” projects, and wonders made of mere fabric and cotton, has herself now disappeared from these hallways….leaving behind a trail of heartbroken brazilians.
What were you doing before Fabrica, and what are your plans now?
Just before Fabrica, I was working at a lovely design company in London, and helping Ian Wright plan his move to New York. For anyone who doesn’t know his work, check it out. Prior to that I was studying in at the University of Brighton. Now? I am back in London, adapting to post–Fabrica life, looking forward to my first job offer and coming to terms with the rain.
Was Fabrica what you expected it to be?
Fabrica was much less and much more than I expected it to be. It’s definitely not what you think it is – whoever you are, wherever you come from – but it is rewarding in ways that you can never expect.
Did you learn anything during your time here?
It’s a huge life experience. You live, you learn. Believe it or not, I am calmer, more patient and a great deal more open to suggestions than I was before. Being at Fabrica teaches you to see your normality’s as strange preferences that are always subject to change.
Best moments in Treviso?
Barbara’s long lunches. Lawrence lifting people up into the air, literally. Sitting opposite Marta at work. Recently, waking Marta up in the morning in a Romeo and Juliet fashion, without the romance. Being on my bike, going anywhere and everywhere with Fernando. Filming the love scene with Piero and Laura for The Duel – ALOHA! – and in fact, everything to do with the making of the film. Poker at Ben’s house, listening to pretty much any ridiculous story he had to tell – and there were many! Hanging out with Benjamin. Throwing playing cards around the apartment with Gabo. Scott’s face painting for the Venice Carnival. Evenings with Erik and Valentina. Waiting for Joao to arrive, standing on the balcony looking down to the road like excited children. My goodbye party – thank you!
Last words?
To those newcomers who may like to question the system – don’t waste your time! Find your niche and nurture it.
francescawade.com
Photo by Diego.



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