Mixed Media Artist
Mixed Media Artist
Sara Merli was born in Schio, in the province of Vicenza, in 1984. She attended Art School and then graduated in Fashion and Textile Design at IED – European Institute of Design in Milan. The interest and passion for fashion come together in a real brand, “Trashit” that was born from the love for art and styling in 2008, a real brand. The artist's goal is to create paintings that come to life on the wearer. As she herself says, "among my greatest passions there is fashion and design, so the Trashit brand was born, in which I wanted to merge these two passions to create unique garments. I wanted to make small canvases in motion" All pieces are unique and hand-painted individually with brushes and fabric col-ors, designed for normal washing. The artist who personally signs each dress with an indelible mark, which makes each garment unique and unrepeatable. Her production contains various themes including respect for the environment and care for the biosystem, as well as ambivalent traces tensions for the trash universe, represented by television pro-grams, fashion, advertising. Often the artist represents televisions and computers wanting to describe the addiction and unruly use that people make of it, other times she invokes the idea of peace by painting a fake military uniform decontextualized. She often depicts small puppets, the Toothless, nice characters represented in the most diverse and imaginative circumstances, a made in Italy artisan produced without the use of stencils, follow-ing the free hand of the artist and his imaginative momentum. She creates clothing in bright colors, with self-deprecating slogans ("I love my vespa") irreverent ("We are the future") or social denunciation ("Save our planet"). In addition to being a fashion designer, Sara Merli is also a photographer and painter. The snapshots depict abandoned caravans in the middle of natural greenery or architectural monsters such as the former Cazzola wool mill, on a cloudy background in pastel colors, in stark contrast to the concrete ruins in the foreground. She also chooses as the object of her shots works of street art, abandoned buildings, and urban waste. As for the production on canvas, ours also takes up the theme of recycling and the environment, transposed on its supports, characterized by a background scratched with acrylics with brushstrokes and orange and greyish tones, sometimes also using fabric scraps and recycled material.
"I love to lose myself in colours and reused materials to express my deepest emotions. My favourite canvases are those in motion, unique garments that come to life on the wearer."