Maria Adele Cipolla
Theatrical costume designer, Theatrical costume maker, Sculptor, Sewing pattern designer, Dressmaker, History lovers.
I was born in 1957 in Palermo, Italy. Having obtained a degree at the ISIA (Superior Institute for the Artistic Industries) in Florence, I returned to Palermo exploring different materials. She worked mainly with papier maché for several years, exhibiting in both personal and group shows.
In 1982 I started to work in the teatro stabile Biondo theater, first as a scenic sculptor and then as costume designer. In 1989 I left the Biondo to start my own theatrical costume house, Arteinscena Atelier. I thus collaborated with some of the major theaters in Sicily. From 1996 to 1999 I was the Costume Designer for the Palermo "Festino", the parade-event celebrating the patron saint, Santa Rosalia. Although the "Festino" dates back to the Baroque period, the celebration rediscovers its original splendor with the editions organized by the Studio Festi of Milan starting in 1995 and followed up by reknowned directors such as Maurizio Scaparro and Jerome Savary.
For the 1996 edition of the "Festino" I created seven baroque angels each 2,7m (9') tall that were hung from the baroque gate of Porta Felice, one of Palermo's more important monuments. The group of angels afterwards travelled to other installations, such as the Milan Galleria for Christmas 1999.
In parallel, have tought both theory and practice for costumes, sculpture and artistic decoration alike.
This activity is primarily with the State Professional Institutes for fashion and garments (IPSIA) and through professional training courses financed by the Sicilian Region and/or the European Union.
I also continues her own work as a sculptor using a range of materials (papier maché, ceramics, plaster, resins, ABS, semi-expanded poliurethane, rubber lattice, silicon, salt paste, etc.) and as painter using oil and acrylics, in her private studio in Palermo. My parallel activity in sculpting and sewing is Zisa Dolls, that has its own store on ETSY.
I am involved as consultant in TCBL (Texile and clothing business labs) European Project (Horizon 2020).
I Am A…Artist, Designer, Maker
Tools I Use…
Printers: Prusa Hictop i3
Design Programs: MeshMixer
3D Design Skill Level