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masks detail ~ vintage beads, crystal, wire, feathers & various passementerie.
commission 2018

Commissions for the Emerald Necklace "Party in the Park"

I am always inspired by nature; there is so much wonder in the earth around us. Plants, flowers and trees are a never ending source of inspiration for me. It was a joy making these pieces for these particularly lovely ladies to wear at thi...

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i created this mask for myself a few years back. it works well on multiple levels ~ the hand sewn fringe & floss over nude mesh creates an interesting diffusion to facial features, multiple color/textured fringe allows for both the illusion of movement and actual motion with the w...

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transitioning from the quiet, hibernation of winter (aka ~ textile based exploration: sewing, crocheting, garment disassembling and reassembling in a new way. research and envisioning.) to the ramping up of work around Venetian Carnevale and the spring social season. here is a detail from a favor...

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November Reconnaissance Run to NYC.

I was recently in New York City and visited a costumer friend on set at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. He's got a super cool private office (I don't know any artist who doesn't like to visit another artists studio) in the costume department. His ...

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For the past couple of months I've been working on a series of classical busts that will be for auction at a fundraiser on November 2nd here in Boston to benefit Save Venice Inc. (link at bottom of post for tickets or to bid on this piece.)

Save Venice is an organization that raises money to res...

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professional advancement ~
I am taking a class at the Rhode Island School of Design (where I received my BFA) entitled 'Upcycled Couture'. It is a wonderful overview of fabric manipulation, appliqué technics, dying, color removal, knitting, felting and crocheting just to name a few of the techni...

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Testimonials

2 months ago
Francesca is brilliant and a true talent! She has created masks and styled themed costumes for me and my husband for many years. Working with Francesca is a delight. She starts with the theme of the event and your own sense of style. She has helped me adapt and accessorize dresses I already have and has suggested gowns to purchase. I've worn many of her masks and headpieces more than once. She has created coordinated masks and costumes for us as a couple that are fantastic. She is open to ideas and input, listens closely, and then somehow distills and refines it all into something even more beautiful and unique than I could imagine. From concept to the smallest detail, she does it all with a keen sensitivity and a marvelous artistry. Any time we have an event that needs something special, large or small, Francesca is our first call.
- Cassandra I
6 months ago
Francesca is a genius with materials and has an eye for detail like no other. I have worked with her for more than ten years to execute on complex and high-end projects for galas and events, and her ability to make magic out of even the most humble ideas and concepts is impressive. She is my go-to for design projects, decor, and wearable art. You will never be disappointed by her attention and creative abilities!
- Emily D

work by commission

Masquerade is a chance to celebrate play, a surprisingly important facet of life pushed aside by all our busyness. My masks and headpieces are ornate, miniature and fanciful canvas for the face or head that can temporarily shift perspective and transform ourselves.

Taking pause in todays hectic world is not a luxury but a necessary respite to process the fast pace that we have created for ourselves. Taking time and pause see what truly is, the conversation where one element ends and the other begins. My interest lies there within the interaction of color, shape and dichotomy of materials. 

I look forward to working with you to make something wonderfully unexpected and unique. 

                                                       ~ Francesca
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