profile : I was born in a period in which
the world was not ruled by fear and political correctness, or that is
what I like to think, of two American figurative painters, Alan Feltus
and Lani Irwin. Thus I grew up with my younger brother, Joseph, amongst
artists and other creatives in an eclectic environment where I learned
that there is nothing unusual, and the fabric of the world need not remain
mysterious. Bones, insects, taxidermy, art, erotica and design are all
constituents of what I have been, and always will be, and I am a strong
believer in Henri Cartier-Bresson's saying that "there is no aesthetic
peculiar to photography or drawing"; let that apply itself to design
In the early eighties my father taught drawing and painting at a university
in Washington D.C.. I recall that I attended one of his life drawing classes
when I was about four. The model, whose name was Jane Batt, was slightly
plump, and spotty. I assume, in retrospect, that they were moles, but
I know for a fact that I was the only person to draw the spots. To me
they seemed the most important, or prominent feature of her body, despite
her nakedness. That day I also saw a student shading a drawing after the
model had left; it was the first time I had seen shading.
From 1987 I grew up in central Italy, having fled from institutionalized
ignorance to a country that claims 70% of the world's artistic and
historical heritage. At some point in my stay in Italy I realized that
I wanted to influence the world, and I have chosen to do so through
offering improvements to people's lifestyles.
My move to Edinburgh in 1999 introduced me to a whole new world of development
where I was able to observe different ways of seeing things. In '99
I had the opportunity to meet one of my greatest idols, Cartier-Bresson.
At 91, with a walking stick and two hearing aids, he stood alone, looking
bored. As I observed several people as they tried to make conversation,
and some even tried to show him contact prints, which disgusted me. Through
my inquisitive nature I approached him in the form of a question, his
answer was: "Are you from the police asking all these questions?"
I design for those who give great importance to their environment and
visual qualities, people who put aesthetics and quality above quantity.
People who don't necessarily live this way to entertain, but rather as
a personal necessity in life. Design and criticism are a way of life for
me, not a profession. I was born a critic, and am designer by choice.
Creation is existence, and creating for others is infinitely more satisfying
than creating for yourself.
Recently I have created an intricate statement of design criticism as
a form of rejection towards the stylistic mayhem that is often considered
minimal and functional. It is a series of products that define a new movement
in design, a form of Post-Neo Classical-Modernism: a trend, or occurrence,
and movement in design and lifestyle that is driven less by discovery
and technology (as in the case with Art Deco) and more by a lack of personal
culture and the intrinsic need for customisation. It is the need to make
a Sony Wega system not look out of place next to a Rodin sculpture; a
new movement that answers to the need for contextualization of design,
and fills the large gap that may still be called po-po-mo. It is a style
and philosophy that encompasses the jungle that is considered contemporary
: My recent work has become a series of objects that follow a
line of thought from formal design and photography, through a regression
stimulated by the bitterness of the design industry. I have created
a manual that will guide and instruct people's taste and facilitate
them to be able to make the design decisions on their own, giving them
the mastery to be able to design a Feltusfecit Original. I am democratising
design. I am catering for the thousands who live in Victorian flats
and have no understanding of what looks good in them, and hence have
a cacophonous mix of styles and periods, so I am telling them how they
can mix things themselves to make them work together, rather than against
My current projects include furniture and product design, as visible on
this web site, as well as journalism (fashion/design), graphic design/illustration
and photography. Throughout my life I have worked extensively in drawing,
painting, sculpture and photography, as well as graphic design and computer
graphics, which are all just small parts that put together make what I
: (from hard to soft)
I consider myself to be fairly apt in a woodworking and metal work, for
making prototypes. Saws, lathes, vac-formers, drills and hand tools.
Frustrated with shopping for menswear, I started designing and making
my own clothes in 2001, which has subsequently been branded Androcentric.
Since then I have acquired moderate skills with pattern cutting and development,
cutting and sewing, which is combined with other experience in product
design, drawing and sculpture.
I set up my first black and white dark room in 1991, and have spent a
lot of time working with both black and white photography and colour,
both staged (studio) and reportage/street photography. I have moderate
experience in a black and white darkroom, and with photogravure (etching).
I have worked with and learned from Emmet Gowin, Gordon Knox, Susan Copen
Oken, Roberto Vaccai and Iain Stewart.
I started working with 2d computer graphics in 1997, and now consider
myself to be very competent with Photoshop and Freehand. I am quite
confident with 3d Studio Max, Rhino and Autocad, and have also been
working with Flash and Dreamweaver for several years. I perceive the
computer as a tool that is irreplaceable in design.
I am completely bilingual (Italian/English).
Born 1979, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Resident in Assisi, Italy from 1987 to 1999, currently living in Edinburgh,
2003-2004 MDes in Design and Applied Arts/ Furniture Design at
Edinburgh College of Art.
in Design and Applied Arts/ Furniture Design at Edinburgh College of Art.
1987-1997 Self directed education with diplomas awarded by The
Learning Community, Maryland, U.S.A.,
the Istituto Salesiano
‘D. Bosco’, Perugia, Italy, and The
Meher Primary English School in Ahmednager, India
2002-2003 Royal Society of Edinburgh/Scottish Executive trophy
design competition for the 2020 Science: Education Conference, second
2002 European Coil Coat Association national design competition,
2001 Edinburgh International Science Festival design competition,
2003-2004 Andrew Grant Bequest - Major Award to fund Postgraduate
study (MDes) in the school of Design and Applied Arts at Edinburgh College
2002 HFT Stuttgart Project Week.
2001 Worshipful Furniture Company industrial tour.
2001 Andrew Grant first year achievement grant.
• 2009 untitled - Solo Exhibition, Biagiotti Progetto Arte, florence
• 2009 Mankind: Versions & Perversions - curated by Edward Lucie-Smith, Werkstattgalerie, Berlin
• 2009 Un Orrizonte Interno - Joint Solo Exhibition, Entroterra, Milan
• 2009 Domestic Zirkus - Solo Exhibition, Citizens Theatre , Glasgow
• 2009 Domestic Zirkus - Solo Exhibition, Whitecross Gallery, London
• 2009 Abroad, Galleria Entroterra, Milan
• 2009 Salon, Whitecross Gallery, London
• 2008 'Conscious Life' and 'My Best Shot' at Kinofest, Romania
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets’- City Art Centre, Edinburgh, UK
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets' and ‘Conscious Life’- Amiens International Film Festival, France
• 2007 ‘Conscious Life’- Marbella International Film Festival, Spain
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets' - Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, Lincoln Center, U.S.A.
• 2007 Demone Meridiano, ArTobe, Italy
• 2006 CAP-I-CUA, Galeria MiTO, Barcelona, Spain
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets' - Anima Mundi 2007, Brazil
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets' - Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival, Italy
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets' - Fesival du Cinéma Italien, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
WINNER - Solo Duets - Prix du Milleur Court-Metrage
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets' - La Settimana Corta, Nuovi Sentieri, Italy
• 2007 ‘ Solo Duets' - Cortinquieti, Italy
• 2007 Tehran International Animation Festival (TIAF), Iran
• 2006 Immagina, Italy.
• 2006 Lineart, Belgium.
• 2006 Art Verona, Italy.
• 2006 'Solo Duets' - nominated for the Nastri d'Argento Cortometraggi 2006, Italy
• 2006 International Animation Film Festival Animateka, Slovenia.
• 2006 AniFest, Budapest, Hungary.
• 2006 I Castelli Animati, Genzano di Roma, Italy.
• 2006 Student Film Festival Sleepwalkers, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia.
• 2006 Leeds International Film Festival, UK.
• 2006 PISAF 2006, Korea.
• 2006 Holland Animation Film Festival, Netherlands.
• 2006 36th Kyiv IFF Molodist, Ukraine.
• 2006 Norwich International Animation Festival, UK
• 2006 3rd China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (CICDAF 2006), China.
• 2006 5 th International Best of Short Films Festivals, France.
• 2006 Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan.
• 2006 Krok International Animation Festival, Russia - Ukraine.
• 2006 56^ Rassegna Internazionale d'Arte G.B. SALVI, Italy.
• 2006 Krakow Film Festival, Poland.
• 2006 Anifest, Czech Republic
• 2006 ICONARTS: European Arteam Prize, Museo Civico di Arte Contemporanea, Albissola Marina (SV), Italy
• 2006 "UNTITLED" - Feltus Feltus, EntroTerra - Milan
• 2006 "UNTITLED" - Feltus Feltus, Arte.Novaglio - Brescia
• 2005 Bradford Animation Festival, Bradford
• 2005 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh
• 2005 Promenade:
Arte ed il Circo, Brescia
• 2005 DesignUK
MILANO 2005, Milan
• 2004 ECA
Mdes Degree Show 2004, Edinbrugh
2004 DesignUK SELECTION 2004, London
• 2004-2005 London Fashion Week - freelance press.
2004 NewDesigners - One Year On -, London
2003 Urban Interiors, London
2003 DESIGN UK Pick of 2003, London
2003 ON/OFF, London
• 2003 NewDesigners
2003 ECA Degree Show 2003, Edinburgh
2003 2020 Science: Education Conference, Edinburgh International
Conference Centre, Edinburgh
• 2005- residency
at Edinburgh College of Art.
2003- Director of FeltusFecit.com
2001-2003 Logo and character creation and all publicity graphics
for The Nightmare A’fore Christmas charitable Christmas balls,
2001 Worked in the art department for the short film ‘Lazarus’ by
2001 Collaboration on the development of the corporate identity
for Baxi Partnership Ltd., and creation of their corporate font and
2001 Edinburgh International Science Festival, collaboration
on the design and manufacture of their ‘busking arena’ stage
and seating area.
1999 Interpreter (Italian/English) for Smithsonian magazine’s
article ‘An Act of Faith & the Restorer’s Art’ (Nov
‘99), Assisi, Italy.
1998- Started a series of photographic portraits of artists,
some of which have been used in the artists’ catalogues, in which
I worked with Alan Feltus, Lani Irwin, Jack Zajak, Jim McGarrell, Claudio
Carli, Franco Fedeli and Orlando Tisato.
1998-1999 Set design and props for the Calendimaggio medieval
festival in Assisi, Italy.
1997-1998 Photogravure, darkroom and photography technician
for the Civitella Ranieri Center, working with for Gordon Knox, Joanna
Rajkowska and Sandra Ramos. Umbertide, Italy.
1997 Channel One News, (U.S.A.) show number 1477, "Earthquake
in Assisi", air date Wednesday November 26, 1997. Interviewed
extensively on camera and assisted with other aspects of the filming.
1997-1998 Volunteer worker at the Basilica of San Francesco,
Assisi, Italy, sorting through the rubble of the fallen 14th century
ceiling vault to retrieve Giotto and Cimabue fresco fragments.
1997-1999 Graphic design and photography for the band DT3.
1995-1999 Head gardener for the Assisi Nature Council’s
Giardino dei Semplici, educational monastic herb garden, Assisi, Italy.