Valentina D’amato , a Textile Designer of Sicilian origin, specifically from Victoria in the province of Ragusa. She attended art school at the Art Institute of Salvatore Fiume – Comiso (now merged with the Institute of Higher Education School “G. Carducci “), Art section of the fabric, and later graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University La Sapienza of Rome.
After graduation she worked as an architect, but within she always felt something was missing. To fill this gap, in 2009 she started painting. After having had an opportunity to present her work in a showroom in Rome, she decided to drop everything and devote her body and soul to pursue her passion. Valentina says: “I know people think I quit the stable job, but I knew I wanted more out of life and I could not go on otherwise.”
The sources of inspiration for her decorations are art, architecture, music, film and nature, with its multitude of shapes and colors. The nature of her land in Sicily and the architecture of Rome have influenced her creations a lot.
Entirely handmade in Italy, her artistic creations such as pillows, scarves and foulards are one of a kind; quintessence of quality, research, sense of beauty and tradition. Valentina paints her fabrics entirely by hand. Her furnishing accessories (cushions, table runners, centerpieces, tablecloths) and fashion accessories (scarves/carré, stoles, twilly, Gavroche and fabric belts) are unique pieces or limited editions which are accompanied by a certificate of guarantee, reporting the numbering of the series and the original design of the painting that decorates that fabric.
In October 2014, Valentina flew to Los Angeles in America for the 10th Anniversary Open Studio of Santa Monica Art Studio belonging to art director Yossi Govrin, where she had the opportunity to present her book containing his creations.
In October 2015, she travelled to Jakarta- Indonesia, and presented her collection of Furnishing Accessories and Fashion for the event “Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo” organized by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta. At the exhibit in the Executive Lounge of the prestigious Lotte Shopping Mall Avenue, Valentina presented a mini collection of furnishings and fashion accessories ranging from scarves, stoles, carrè and pillows. The products made of pure silk, except the pillows that are of pure cotton, and all accompanied by a guarantee certificate attesting the craft value as well as the uniqueness of the product.
In November of 2015, again in Jakarta, there was an exhibition of 10 creations from Furnishing and Fashion Accessories at the Gallery of Art : Art:1 New Museum & Art Space by Monica Gunawan.
Valentina is always researching. Each year she goes to Milano Unica, the international textile fair. It is here that she finds her contacts for quality fabrics, such as silk from Como, which is considered the silk capital of the world and the best cotton coming from Spain.
A trip to India is on the cards for her and to discover its magnificent silks; Valentina in fact hopes to get a great value from this trip for her future creations.
As a former student of Institute of Art Salvatore Fiume – Comiso (now State Institute of Higher Education “G. Carducci”), Valentina earlier this year was requested be living proof as an inspiration to students who are currently studying art in this institute. After which, in February sprouted a school-work Convention where students spend their internship at Valentina’s creative workshop to learn the techniques of painting on fabric.
Twice a week, Valentina mentors four girls and teaches them how to best carry out this activity, teaching them the techniques which are complicated based on the play of colors and its possible shades, the results to achieve for the best silk and watercolor technique, a technique Valentina itself has created. She also states that it’s a great experience for her as she learns a lot from these young students.