Image courtesy of LUCIANO.
What's your relationship to Kingston?
I live in Kingston and work in schools across the area as an Arts and Design Educator.
Multidisclipinary - right now I have a strong focus on textiles, crafts and video.
Describe your art or craft practice
Last year I visited Burano and was awed by the beautifully intricate lace works on display. However, there was a disconnect between the people and their craft. Crafts are reflective of culture, telling the stories of their creator’s identities, lives and experiences. However, the lace I had seen told the stories of people from another time, often reproductions of historical patterns, they lacked relevance and context in the contemporary space. Following my trip, I was given lace cottons that had been owned and used by my great grandmother, grandmother and own mother in their craft practices. This opportunity inspired me to create my own lace work, in which I intertwine these cottons with contemporary threads, tying together the history of the material and craft with my own contemporary experiences and practice in point lace making.
Inspired by his childhood experiences growing up as a first generation child of a migrant family, his artistic practice explores aspects of human nature, the differing experiences of living and the effects of sites of inquiry on identity and community. Luciano has a deep interest in the embedded history of found, recycled and passed down materials. He seeks to intertwine the stories, symbolism, and memories of these items into new forms, building on the layers of existing materiality.
how can the public support your creative business?
On Saturday 10th October I will be doing a Virtual Open Studio as a part of Craft Victoria's Craft Contemporary Festival. If you're interested in hearing more about my practice, I'd love for you to join. Details can be found at the Craft Victoria website.
What was your first experience of art?
My first experience of art was at home with my parents seeing their own creative output. We were always encouraged to think critically and creatively, and to be making something or working on a project. I think growing up in a space that was so creatively generative really encouraged the development of my arts practice from an early age.
How has the current situation changed your approach to making art?
I think the current situation has definitely altered how I will approach the presentation of my work in the future. Part of the reason I work in textiles is because of the interaction viewers have with it - it's tangible and known. Taking textiles into a digital space has been difficult but it's also allowed for more interaction with a wider audience.
What motivates your creative business or arts group?
Storytelling. Initially my works have focused on telling parts of my story and recording my history. This has evolved and, in some community arts projects I have in development, the focus has definitely shifted to using my artwork as a platform to give voice and represent the stories and lives of others who are less heard.