I am happy to present the Gasometri two artists from Milan, with this small interview. They create fantastic decorations for home and not only ... read here:
Ciao! We're Gasometri, a creative (and loving!) couple from Milan. Even though our dispositions are opposites and our main jobs very different (Marco is an architect and Ilaria manages web projects), we love spending time together, listening to music and creating unique jewelry, lamps and other small objects for furniture and housewares for our Etsy shop.
-Where are you originally from?
Ilaria: I was born in a small seasied town in western Italy, close to the French border, and I met Marco in Pavia, his home town, at the University. Then we moved to Milan, Italy's most innovative city.
-How did you choose the lovely name for your Etsy Shop?
Last summer we spent holidays in Berlin, Germany. Breathing passion for art and independent production, we decided to give continuity to our creations. Near the apartment where we lived, over the roofs, a gasometer emerged. What's better to represent minimalism?!
-How did you find Etsy? How long have you been selling on Etsy?
We found Etsy less than a year ago, by accident, looking for handmade products and accessories to buy online. And we soon opened a shop.
-How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?
Our style is contemporary and minimalist, with geometric inspiration and the preference for recovered materials (recycled paper, wood and plastic).
Our sources of inspiration are mainly other arts, like architecture, music and movies.
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
It all begins from the desire to have and use something that does not exist yet, but our fantasy and imagination suggests to us already all the details.
-How long have you been creating?
We have always created objects for family and friends, but our production has increased since we sell through Etsy.
-What are your main sources of inspiration?
As mentioned, these are many and not limited to visual arts. We are always around and looking for creative ideas. Also traveling has taught us a new feeling for creativity and art.
-Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?
We are mainly self taught. Maybe our studies have taught us a method of design and planning, we have extended to our production.
-Do you sell more at one time of year than others?
We have not noticed this. Probably our objects are not "seasonal"...
-What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?
We collect almost everything! Waiting for a waste could become a design object.
-How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
We do crafts all the day. We even "think" crafts. Any raw material suggests us an idea and immediately we image it already transformed.
-Do you have a favorite item you have made?
Marco: Our Lightastic lamp in pearwood (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/24112998). After having sold it, Ilaria convinced me to create another one because she was really desperate to miss that lamp, temporary stored next to her bed! :-)
-What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?
Many people have appreciated the quality of the handcraft. They have recognized the "one of a kind" uniqueness.
-Your message for all of us?
Create and have fun!