Silvia Beccaria, born in 1965 in Turin, Italy
After earning a degree in Philosophy and a master in Art Therapy from Turin’s University, Silvia Beccaria went on to study Textile Design and specialized in Fiber Art under the guidance of artist Martha Nieuwenhuijs. Since 1993, she has been producing educational projects in which weaving is used as a means for rehabilitation and education in various facilities for psychiatric patients and the disabled. Since 2002, she has been in charge of planning some of the initiatives regarding textile art for the Educational Department of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Rivoli.
The Turin-based artist discovered her passion for hand weaving at a very young age, charmed by the sight of fabric growing out of mere thread.
She works with mind and hands in symbiosis, venturing in research and daring experiments that allow her to investigate the past with a code that is at the same time contemporary and respectful of the ancient technical legacy of hand weaving.
In her work, thread after thread, she extends the definition of “fiber” to embrace industrial, non-recycled, anonymous, marginal materials like pvc, rubber, plastic, latex, polyurethane and so on – materials that seem hard to associate with aesthetic quality, but which have the common trait of being “weavable”.
She selects materials for their consistency, elasticity, transparency and color, trapping them in the warp and yet leaving them free to move, creating a three-dimensional effect that is essential to her works’ charm.
With now almost twenty years of experience, Silvia Beccaria designs and creates contemporary jewelry inspired by historical ruffs, sculpture-dresses and tapestries.
Her creations have been included in many permanent Fiber Art collections and showcased in numerous art exhibitions, in Italy and abroad.