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« Advice for the weekend | Main | Eric Faggin leaves the building »

Alex Purdy has left the building

Alex Purdy has left the building

Somebody is coming... somebody's leaving. Our very best homie, Alex Purdy, has left us last week towards his homelands, Philly. Alex is a great flatmate, is known for his excellent trousers style, one of the best Illustrator I know. We all miss you Alex...

What have you been doing before Fabrica?
I was mainly not making money or much money for art/design work. Working to get by in various university jobs around Philadelphia, and exhibiting here and there.

What is the plan now?
Earn money freelancing, or doing fulltime design at a studio on the east coast. And do some proper partying (as the British would say).

Which was the best moment here?
Moments. Being a man of simple pleasures I enjoy those times when I’d get gelato, or have coffee and or pizza alone or with friends.

Did you learn anything in Fabrica?
Yep, I learned some stream of consciousness life lessons:

Say what you mean

Honesty is more appreciated then good intended kindness

Clients are the test of a good designer

A good deal of people don’t have good imaginations even those in positions that they should

Censoring your thoughts and actions in regards to people is a not far step away from censoring your creative ideas

It’s always good to have the ability to move, lack of comfort in different places enables one to reflect

I am not Andy even though people say I am

All art and design looks the same to those who don’t attempt to investigate it in-depth

All Italians seem the same to those who don’t talk to them

Photoshoping photos i.e. visual metaphors sucks and is the ultimate corny

Man/Woman can’t live on work alone if they want to live a full sane life

Just because someone says they’ll do something doesn’t mean they’ll do it

Sometimes you need to bug people to point of irritation to get what you want

Organization needs to be appreciated and awarded

“I’m busy” means “I don’t want to hear you or do what you want me to do”

People should be able to fart, burp and drink beer at work

People should be able to work freely without people standing behind them and looking over their shoulder, a right that should be fought for

People should not be able to play their Bjork or Motown music loud while others are working.

“Diversity” means “Marketing pitch”

If you have good karma your boss could possibly be demoted

Smile when you say “arrivederci”

How is it to live in Italy?
I don’t know I just lived in Treviso, I wasn’t down with the whole stand around do nothing arrogant posh vibe. That’s just my nonspeaking Italian impression.

Last words?
What is Fabrica? Is it like work or is it a school?

Dress by Amélie, photo by Reed.

Originally from
ReBlogged by christian etter on Apr 2, 2007 at 09:46 AM Posted by christian etter on Apr 2, 2007 at 09:46 AM


yoyo the caterpillar becomes the designer, or something

Posted by: ddddd at 02.04.2007 10:01 AM

yo andy see ya, oh sorry alex!

Posted by: andy r at 02.04.2007 06:00 PM

hey puuuuurdy, love you loooong time.

i miss those orange speedos. and i still think we should continue our awesome project one day.

good luck with everything!


Posted by: j at 02.04.2007 06:37 PM

ciaoooo alex! c u in philly soon!

Posted by: margherita at 04.04.2007 10:14 AM

is that a motown and bjork reference to me...eh? ah well i can play it load and proud now.
hope all is swell and those camoflage long johns are still causing girls to smile.

Posted by: Natti at 04.04.2007 01:55 PM

Alex, this is very well said. I will miss you. Be good and do good work.

Posted by: Reed at 05.04.2007 05:02 PM

prost, alex!

Posted by: marian at 08.04.2007 11:26 AM

Alex, it's lisa c. from highschool. Give me a call 345-3274 or email deejay2300@aol.com. I found you through yahoo.

Posted by: Lisa at 13.07.2007 10:37 PM

I like it! 36d71972da6d1a9ddd1cc0c565f2ce33

Posted by: lflokomotivefa at 09.08.2007 10:52 PM

Hi Alex remember me? I was your exchange student in summer ´99 in germany. Would love to hear from you again. Katrin

Posted by: Katrin at 17.10.2007 08:26 PM

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