From 7th to 30th April 2016, FABRIANO boutique Covent Garden plays host to Swiss artist/designer/typographer Ursula Hitz and her uniquely personal typographic maps.
The FABRIANOwelcomes events include:
- framed and unframed limited edition prints of her striking city maps, exhibited and for sale, at FABRIANO boutique, 21 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9PU
- an opportunity to own a special edition map of Covent Garden in Ursula's own inimitable style, celebrating the land-marks in the vicinity of FABRIANO boutique: the Royal Opera House, the Piazza and evocative street names such as Floral Street, Neal Street and Seven Dials, to name just a few.
- a meet-the-artist event on 7th April, between 6.00 and 8.30pm, where Ursula will show how her artworks develop. Guests will also have an opportunity to try their own hand at print making using fine Fabriano papers (RSVP: email@example.com)
Ursula’s city maps are inspired by her fascination with place prompted by her relocation from her Swiss homeland to London over ten years ago. She uses typography to reflect on the landscape of each place, creating a visually rich personal response rather than a geographically accurate picture.
‘I love becoming fixated on a city's intricacies, before taking a step back and seeing a bigger structure evolve,’ Ursula explains. ‘Unlike regular maps, mine don’t focus on streets or buildings. Instead, they build an organic texture of words that grow from the centre – in the way that most cities have grown.'
Ursula's maps are screen printed onto the finest archival papers and produced as limited colour editions that are signed and numbered. Texture, deckle edging and a vibrancy of colour convey an air of heritage while the slight inconsistencies in the ink levels add to the distinct personality of her artworks.
FABRIANOwelcomes is a celebration of over 750 years of paper-making in Fabriano, Italy, where the paper was first made in 1245. The paper is still made using time-honoured techniques and today, as then, is appreciated by artists like Ursula Hitz the world over for its personality, texture and archival quality.
Fabriano Boutique in the UK:
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About Fabriano Boutique:
Launched in 2000 as a R&D laboratory for stationery products, Fabriano Boutique SpA is part of the Fedrigoni Group and is a company that manufactures entirely in Italy and exports all over the world. Its products combine traditional craftsmanship and the creativity of great designers. From paper to fabric to leather, its ranges include large and small useful products, including notebooks, pencil cases, bags and diaries and more.
In Italy, FB products can be found in dedicated boutiques in Taormina, Milan, Florence, Venice, Verona, Rome and Rome’s Fiumicino Airport; they can also be found in the bookshops of many of Italy’s most important museums: MART in Rovereto, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Giardini della Biennale, Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. They are also sold through major department and concept stores, such as la Rinascente and High-Tech in Milan, and some of Italy's most important libraries, such as Mondadori Multicenter in Milan, Palazzo Roberti in Bassano del Grappa, Cartoleria Vertecchi in Rome and the Libreria Fontata in Turin.
Worldwide there are Fabriano boutiques in Paris, London, Munich Airport, Berlin’s Tegel Airport, Athens, and in China in Beijing, Changsha, YangSha. FB products are also found in some of the world’s most prestigious stores, bookshops and museums. In France: Paris, 107Rivoli at Les Arts Décoratifs, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, L’appartement in St.Germain, Carrousel du Louvre and Les Marais, The Conran Shop, BHV di Parigi Marais e BHV de Parly. In the UK: London, Liberty, the Conran Shop, Anthropologie, Fortnum and Mason, and Waterstones. In Germany: KaDeWe in Berlin and in Monaco Ludwig Beck and KulturGut. In Spain: Alicante, El Corte Ingles, and at Vinçon of Barcelona. In Sweden: the Royal Palace Museum in Stockholm. In Switzerland: Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne, Bongénie Grieder. In Lebanon: Beirut - with two corners at Librairie Antoine. In Japan: at The Conran Shop, Tokyo.
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