Gianpaolo Fallani is a screen printer. His clients are artists, galleries, publishers and sometimes designers.
He works at the same printing table his father took into use in 1968. Technically, the screen printing process is still the same; certain elements are modified according to the type of original – an oil painting, a photograph, an ink drawing or vector graphics. “It was a pleasure and an honour to work with Giampiero Bodino, one of the most talented designers of high jewellery,” says Fallani. Although his major profession is indeed that, Bodino is also a proficient painter. This was the first time he had made screen prints, however.
The original five drawings were made using ballpoint pen – a Montblanc with an extra bold nib, and an ultra-common Bic Cristal – on handmade Italian paper. “The screen print is an actual translation of my pen work, not a faithful calligraphic reproduction, but an evanescent layering of planes and colour fields. It was a transformation, not a mere reproduction, and I found that very interesting,” says Bodino. The five drawings by Bodino will illustrate a fine hand-bound volume on craftsmanship and the special contribution manual skill gives to objects.
They portray the active hand positioning of a weaver, a ceramicist, a mosaicist, a wood carver and a blacksmith, each with the respective tools of the trade neatly arranged as a didactic addition. In order, they progress from the delicacy of handling thread-wrapped weaving shuttles to the explosive force of hammering on an anvil.