Alessia Giardino


Polluted Lace, Alessia Giadino, 2011. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Polluted Lace, Alessia Giadino, 2011. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Alessia Giardino - UK/Italy

The artist reveals...

...the techniques used to make the work


“‘Negative’ or ‘invisible’ motifs are hand screen-printed onto TX Active® light-sensitive photo-catalytic white cement, which uses UV light to oxidize pollutants and odours in the air. The cement tiles have been exposed to the air in Italy and Birmingham and the patterns gradually become visible over time, as pollutants discolor the area of the surface not protected by these nanotechnologies.”

Alessia Giardino studied at the University of Florence and Central St Martin’s, University of the Arts, London. Her work has been exhibited within Nissan Design Europe and at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
She works in Italy and London.

Supported by the Technical Centre of Italcementi Group, who patented TX Active® cement and its concrete applications.
Supported by the Technical Centre of Italcementi Group, who patented TX Active® cement and its concrete applications.

Arts Council Esmee Faibairn Swarovski