Pierre-Louis Mascia uses collage to create intricate patterns of surprising visual clarity which he prints allover wearable items. He seamlessly merges the achingly sharp and the softly organic in the same cadre, relying on sudden about-turns, unexpected parallels, and optical duplicity. The mix of different patterns, a constant attention to the color palette and the use of certain materials define the identity of Pierre-Louis Mascia's collections.
Mascia, a trained illustrator, hails from Toulouse, France. He launched the Pierre-Louis Mascia line in 2007, under the tutelage of the Uliassi brothers, owners of the Achille Pinto printing factory in Como, Italy. The collection started with scarves and subsequently grew into a lifestyle proposal which today includes knitwear, outerwear, backpacks, throws, cushions. The electricity of subdued contrast is the defining trait: design is clean, almost bare, while the eye is constantly stimulated by the psychedelic yet rigorous whirlwind of motifs and colors running on surfaces. The peaceful fight of Bauhaus strictness and Rococo abandon translates into a mix of control and anarchy.
Mascia’s compositions are flat patterns that usually begin in 3D, getting closer to their final, flat layout through a process emotional, intuitive edit. When worn, they regain volume. Cut-up is integral to his life and practice, from the prints he conceives to a lifestyle of constant commuting between France and Italy.
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