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Vidhi Shah has left the building (snif)

Vidhi Shah tells the most surreal stories on a Saturday morning, makes the best packed soup I’ve ever had and is one of the only people in the world who learned to spell Gwercman in less than two minutes. She is back in Bombai, her hometown, leaving not only an empty room in my house, but also a hard-to-replace hole in the Writing Department.

What's the best life advice you heard at Fabrica?
I'm usually very scornful of any advice, but there was something very cool about Enrico's "Right now, you have only made a half goal. You should make a full goal". The use of football terminology in life-coaching always charms me.

What is the best thing you learned here?
The most useful thing I've learned is that you should make it a point to eat a second dinner when you get home at 3 am on a Friday night. It will save Saturday morning.

What was your favorite meeting whilst here at Fabrica?
All the fake meetings at Enjo's, where we would have long, lazy department lunches, and a quick work discussion after dessert. And of course, the one where I learned about authority and competence. That was an important one.

What's the biggest myth about Fabrica you've heard?
That everybody there is a 'student'. I find the term quite inappropriate.

You are one of the few who didn't fall into the breaking-up-with-my-boyfriend tradition. Do you care to give some advice on long-distance - and long-lasting - relationships in a place like this?
Go see Roberto at the Tre shop in Piazza San Vito and get yourself a Skype phone. That's all you need. And if things get desperate, Tiffanys will sell you a love potion if you go there after-hours on a Tuesday night.

Are there things you hadn't realized about your experience here until you got back home?
Yeah, a 15 hour flight back home makes you do that. Even though I refused to admit it while I was in Fabrica, the experience changed me in some ways. I think i'm now a little more accepting, a little less sarcastic, and have a better understanding of my own laziness and confusion. Also, I've begun to use American spellings instead of British. I hate that.

If you have to choose one adjective to define Fabrica, what would it be?
Laboratory-ian, even though it's not a real adjective. I know that we joke about this really often, but I'm seriously waiting for the day when all ex-fabricanti will be told about how we were the subjects of an experiment that put people in a bunker, and tested the effect of various stimuli on them. Anybody who thinks i'm being too dramatic can go up to my old desk in the writing department and look up at the blinking black device hidden in the light. There was a camera above my head the whole time I was in Fabrica.

What was the best story you've invented while here?
I solemnly swear that they were all true. I am typing this with only one finger. My other hand is on the Bible.

Now that you are home, are you happy with the decision of leaving?
Anybody who leaves Fabrica knowing that they're going to walk into the biggest recession ever, is either very brave or a complete idiot. I'm still trying to figure out which one I am.

What has been keeping you away from the computers these days?
Just trying to be productive. Lets see how long it lasts.

What's your blood type?
A +ve, with a slight Vampirical dilution.

The classic (and my favorite): what are the most memorable moments of your experience here?
Looking back, it seems like a happy, hazy blur, with a few laughs sticking out. Like the time I walked halfway across Treviso with Barbara and Safeeyah, a double-bed matress balanced on our heads. There's more- dancing to bad music the kitchen, sneakily sticking stuff on Cosimo's car, dancing in Jacky's apartment with a blanket covering the tv screen because porn shows have great music, jumping into the Benetton party pool with Benjamin, taking a detour to Pisa at 3 in the morning, hindi-speaking bike rides with Pushkar, Prosecco in the morning, a no-wine-allowed birthday party, stepping out of the Venice Biennale pavillion to see that the whole city was covered in a thick dense fog. And the 2013 toast, i'm going to remember that one.

What about the worst times?
There was one distinct moment when I sat by myself in the patio, and wondered if I should buy a ticket and fly back home the next morning. It was the thought of packing all my stuff overnight that stopped me. I had the same moment two weeks later. And about once a month after that. It's a yo-yo.



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Gustavo Millon has left the building

Photo by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza

In Chilean folklore, busquilla is the man who has learned to fight his own way, depending on no one else. Earlier this year, when lunches at Ennio were still held outside, that was how a fellow compatriot described Gustavo. I thought it fitted him perfectly - both because the word sounded rather humble (an adjective that has always suited Gustavo) and because of his history. The first Chilean to step into the Bubble, the photographer from Santiago was told right from the beginning things wouldn't be easy for him (not that things are that easy for any of us, but we are usually well deceived in the beginning!). One year and a half later, he is back in Santiago and guarantees it was all worth it.

Were you really the first chilean guy at Fabrica? How did you get here?
Yes, i'm the first chilean in fabrica (what doesn't mean the last one, I hope) I participated in a contest "Wanted Creativity" (yes, wanted creativity) about the environment. I sent one project and I won, the prize was the scholarship in Fabrica for one year.

Deciding to come was a difficult or an obvious choice?
It was obvius, good opportunity for meet with different persons, be a better photographer and know about Fabrica. Also, it was my first time in Europe, in Italy and Treviso. (speaking in english!)

What's the best word to describe Fabrica?
"Bubble". My first roomate (Nobu, japanese) told me that. I thought he was exaggerating but I understood later what mean. Fabrica is a small bubble what cover us of everything. We speak in english (no italian) we stay there for all the day and is diffcult have connections with persons outside of Fabrica, all the day togheter. Even when we are outside of Fabrica. Sometimes is good, sometimes is...

What was the best life advice you heard here?
"I will be here if you need to talk with someone" Diego Beyró (is not a advice, but is something what always i will remember)

Most memorable moments.
I can't describe all the great moments what I had in Fabrica, mensa for sure! the conversations in the coffee machine! but something what I always I will remember is ride in my bicycle in Treviso (something what I will continue doing here)

How would you like to be remembered?
I don't know. Maybe like the guy that smile always... ;)

Last words?
My last words are just have all the fun that you can get in Fabrica, do your personal projects (is the best of Fabrica) and never change, even if someone tell you are wrong, because usually is not like that.

Ah! I want to tell something to all the persons that wrote a poem (this is in five languages because i received like that)

(In english) thanks to all, it was a great experience. My english is getting better after of this!
(In portugueis) Eu espero aprender essa língua bonita e sua cultura (obrigado Brasil e Portugal)
(In italian) Mi mancherà il capuccino e la brioche per la mattina! un abbraccio a tutti
(In german) Und am Ende, wir sind zusammen. Ich werde Sie vermissen Prinzessin
(In spanish) a mi hermosa comunidad hispanohablante que me dio lo mejor de los recuerdos, lo mejor de todo. A ese pinche culero que dibuja carteles con sentido e inteligencia y que tiene un gran corazón, al español que filma largos ratos a ver lo que aparece (y se le aparece lo hermoso delante de su camara), a ese catalán que me retaba como su hermano menor pero que me enseñó lo que es ser noble y justo siempre (joder!) al argentino que llega tarde siempre (pero que trabaja mas que ninguno con una creatividad increíble, garca! haha) y a mi gran hermano argentino artista que se que va a lograr todo lo que se proponga, siempre. Porque si tu me dijiste que estarías simepre yo también lo estaré para tí (no me olvido por supuesto del gato mas inteligente y hablador del mundo que te cuida) GRACIAS A TODOS

PD: all, all of them are pirates;)


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Cosimo has left the bunker


Our wise and wonderful nonno has left us, and we miss him terribly. Our only comfort is in knowing that he has gone to a more peaceful place. Before his passing, he wrote this message:

Dear Kids,

After three long years I've finally left the bunker, like all grandpas sooner or later do. It's been good, extremely intense and sometimes difficult.

While I'm away, you guys take care of the grandma and more than anything of each other. Work together, bike together, play football together, sleep together (I know you will, you unfaithful sex addicts), learn Australian aphorisms and Italian obscenities, fantasize about future communal projects that will never happen, get to know about wine and get pissed every now and then at Roberto's, miss the last train from Venice to Treviso, make jokes about British people being always drunk and violent, Indian people shaking their heads to say something confusing between "yes" and "maybe", Italian people talking with their hands, and all the other silly stereotypes that are actually confirmed by living in the bunker. Be good and respectful but let those who live at the bunker's top floors conspire, panic and argue with each other, without getting involved. It's healthier. Speak with Maurizio and with the guys from the portineria, instead. They're real people.

As for me, I will finally set up my own business, a wedding cake one as you can see from the photo above.

A big hug.

Grandpa Cosimo

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Salute to Károl de Rueda


Károl, Fabrica's adored and esteemed writer (and this blog's darling), slipped out of the building last spring in the kind of impassioned, mysterious way typical of this mexican enigma. She continued writing for Fabrica from an undisclosed location on the great American continent. Recently, I persuaded her to write about her own experience here...this is what she had to say:

What was life like before Fabrica?
As usual, surprising and unpredictable.
I was freelancing graphic design in both Mexico and the US, as well as editing and writing about life and its mysterious ways. I was also learning, besides English, that life is way too short to stay still intimidated by your ideas and dreams.

What was life like at Fabrica?
Contradictory; painful, heartbreaking, frustrating, disappointing, but also fascinating, exhilarating, enriching, glorious. Life at Fabrica was full of that rare passion that turns the boredom of a customary life into the magical, the utopian and the extraordinary.

Did you learn anything during your time here?
In fact, everyday was a learning experience. I learned about Italian culture, falling in love with it. I learned about diversity, about fascinating cultures and recondite places, about sounds, ways of life and certainly about food.
And at the end, in a place that deliberately denies the worries of adulthood and offers you a unique mental freedom that undresses your true personality, I realized how much I learned about myself.

Most memorable moments?
Way too many! But I will never forget that beautiful three days birthday party (especially the Gargantua day!), also night talking with Julia and Nam, balcony sun enjoying with Lizy, dance awakening with Mike and Nic, eat traveling with Anto, canal walking alone. Dinners with Christianito’s parents, hot arguments with Nobu, ichating with Paolo, brujeando with Cosimo. So many moments! Beer with fries after football, cooking for everyone, the gelato nights, dinners in Venice, Italian cover bands (especially Guns ‘n Roses!), all the travels. And of course the bike rides, especially those when the city was sleeping. What a beautiful and peaceful place!

Most memorable people?
This is truly the best of Fabrica. The most important achievement of all is to share your life with the most amazing people and learn from them; all my lovely roommates including of course the queen of tiramisú, my dearest insanity man, my Celtic chick, the eternal lambada dancer, the exceptional photographer and the photographer who pretends to be a journalist, the designer with soul of philosopher, mis queridísimos culeros, el poeta cubano, the wise maker of Il Secolo Veloce, the amusing English characters, mr Bob Dylan, the brazilian heat, the patient snowboarding teacher, los camotes poblanos, the sweet bike sharer, the greatest Japanese impersonator, los boludos, the nonstop Austrian dancer, the Spanish energy, the amazing Indian spice, the original Australian sense of humor. The beautiful kiwi; the most wonderful and greater listener. And of course the formaggio ladies, who not matter what, where there for me five days a week.
I am taking all of them home with me.

Worst moments?
Even that is contradictory at Fabrica, because when you leave, you miss the pain of the bad days, but at the same time, you suffer thinking about the old wonderful times. It’s all good!

What advice would you have wanted before coming here?
Create without permission, collaborate with as many people as you can, share and find support to realize your projects, and don’t fall in love with inexpensive good wine; is a deeply painful break up....

Future plans?
Keep freelancing, keep learning, keep moving, keep dancing, keep listening.
Keep growing.

Any parting words?
Lets start getting ready for the First Former Fabricanti Reunion (definitely!) and of course, an enormous thanks to Mr Benetton, who believes in diversity, freedom and multiculturalism in the name of creativity.
¡Hasta siempre!

Károl, keep us posted....bestitos.

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Marta Teixeira da Silva has left the building


Before the hordes of Portuguese came in, there was Marta Teixeira da Silva. The wisest of us all, Marta distributed her inspiring words with the same elegance anywhere - from a cigarette break outside the Design Department to a big shot presentation at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice. Back in her homeland, she announces: Lisboa continua muito boa!

What was life like before Fabrica?
I was in sunny Lisbon, working in Fabrica Features Lisboa, working together with Cristina Dias with whom I was also working in other projects - making special edition CD Packgings, all silk screen printed and hand made.

What was life like at Fabrica?
It was a great year. Had the chance to be part of some great projects, met a lot of beautiful and talented people, learned some italian and spanish and french, and even improved my portuguese serelepi from brazil. Had a lot of friends coming to visit, witch was also very nice. Had the honor to experiment some extraordinary recipes and some nice wine.
It was a great and full year.

Most memorable moments?
The memorable moments are always about the people which you share them with.
But being in there is already a memorable moment. It's a very special place, where you have a completely different life than at home with very different people. Everything is intense, it's one year but it runs really fast. Will never forget some smiles and great moments even if they are stupid things like having a carrot screaming inside your oven.

What is the plan now?
Back to Lisbon and enjoying every part of it and every friend. It's good to be back and being surprised again by beautiful things in this city that you tend not to forget. Working in some great projects and waiting for visits here in Lisbon.
Have a lot of memorable moments.

Last words?
Enjoy that time, be sincere and make the best out of that time in there but don´t forget that its also good to go back to reality.

Introduction by Barbara...(please join the blog team, b!!!! x)

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Giulia de Meo has left the building


The generous and gorgeous Giulia de Meo has gone. She will be remembered for patiently and positively refining all her work to brilliance, especially words, sacher-torte, and robot-dancing. The final results and the process have made a lot of people in this building extremely happy. Thanks for everything Giulia....

What was life like before Fabrica?
After my graduation in philosophy I decided to get the one in Semiotics, which is the most incredible subject ever. So I left Venice and I moved to Bologna for three years, where I lived with some friends and my sweet Charles Sanders Peirce, alias my cute cat EVVIVA.

Whatever I decided to do, it was a success. At school, with sports, at Uni. I am not proud of it at all: that was the worst thing that could happen to a young girl. Even if I could be satisfied with my life I was never happy, and I continuously felt emptiness inside me. I was missing something. Probably something like a home, a cousy, friendly place.

Last year I started to work in several places and doing very different jobs: waitress, copy writer, bar-girl…and it was really a frustrating period!

Then I went to Fabrica.

What was life like at Fabrica?
It was hard at the beginning. There were graphics, photographers, video makers and other people with specific skills. I was… I was… What did Giulia exactly do at Fabrica? Nobody knew what was my job. And Fabricanti didn’t even know that I was a student, because I have always come back home to Venice at night and I didn’t share an apartment with them in Treviso.

Semiotics? Just few people knew what Semiotics exactly meant, and I felt that I was not “the best” for the very first time. Finally.

I felt I was definitely IN THE WRONG PLACE.

I had to build my own space, to build my own specific objectives every day, step by step, and Fabrica gave me the chance to learn, to grow up. For this, I have to say thank you to Omar,‘cause he’s always believed in me, even if I was not a graphic designer. Crazy!

I have never found anything “warmer” than Fabrica in my life, and the friends I met there, managed to support me during this year, which has been quite difficult for me.

What did you learn at Fabrica?
I learnt that to share something is the most beautiful thing in the world. That nothing is special if you cannot talk about it with a friend. That you don’t have to be shy or ashamed of showing your weakness, and that the best results are those you didnt expect to see.
Day by day you can build something that can always be improved.
The process is more important than the prize. This is creativity.


Most memorable moments?
“Mio occhio non funziona” (Lars); “Da bambina avevo un coniglio” (Valerie); “HIIIIIIIC!” (Josh); “Troppo sensuale” (Hugo); “Cipollina!” (Pushkar); “Ciao bèa!” (Piero); “Giulietta!” (Barbara); “Giulyyyyyyyy?” (Omar); “Are u going to Treviso Dani?” (Priya); “Scopiamo?” (Brad); “Vieni a vedere la storia infinita con Siemens?” (Diego); “Seee, di corsa!” (Lars).

And then: my dirty chats with Valerie and Sir Lars; my tea time with Dani, Priya and Valerie; Josh’s hiccup; every single conversations with my dear friend Brad; Diego’s tenacy; the insults with Gabri; our zoo time when someone came to visit our department; doing shopping at Panorama with Josh, mensaboy, Valerie and Lars; our faces during meetings; Hugo’s shyness; the way I hated the Spanish people - especially Pao - during the last World Championship; to invite people at cake times, my sentence in dialect with Piero; Barbara and all the writers’ sweetness; Babak’s “ciao bellezza come stai?”; Andy saying “I love your tagliatella”; “Formaggio?” at mensa; my unforgettable goodbye party last week.

And now?
Now that I left Fabrica, I’m sure that now I would not be able to stay far from my friends: I’m gonna meet them every time I can, both in Venice and Treviso, more than before, as long as they are still in Italy, bringing my cakes and sweets again.

I have just started to work for an Agency not far from Venice. It takes just 45 minutes from my house (exactly half the time it took to me to arrive at Fabrica!) and… it’s a real job. I am the responsible for the the communication and for the relations with journalists.

Finally I can write and be creative in Italian, which is my mother language.

Now a new adventure’s started. I’m a bit scared but I felt stronger now, after almost a year at Fabrica. Thanks to my friends, di corsa.

You made me get cheesy for the first time!

Last words?

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Scott Heinrich has left the building


Scott Heinrich departed Fabrica a few weeks ago, in a slow and careful manner - farewelling person by person. It was like when you take off a band-aid really really slow, releasing each hair, careful not to pull any out with you. Here is his farewell interview, the most articulate ever, with all you need to know about Fabrica as a place, experience, phenomena.

What was life like before Fabrica?
Corporate and numb. Before applying to Fabrica I was generally irritated by my surroundings, work, culture, lifestyle, everything. But I was also very inspired. I have since learned that my subconscious revels and rebels in situations where I am generally disappointed with my situation. The result is a heightened and inspired state of consciousness. So in this sense (before Fabrica), I was motivated and determined to achieve something greater than what I had.

What was life like at Fabrica?
Chaotic, inspiring, heartbreaking, uplifting, surreal and awe-inspiring. Bust most importantly it is what you make of it. Some people dislike chaos, but I love it. Chaos is where opportunity lies, and is where I was most productive. If Fabrica was organised and orderly, I would have not have experienced, collaborated, or experimented as much as I did.

As for our lifestyle, Fabrica is a bubble, completely void of reality yet also somehow symbolic of a lifetime. Emotionally (albeit abstractly) I experienced a birth, death, and marriage all within my scholarship. You make intense friendships that last on average of 4-6 months, which are soon followed by a farewell, and then repeated again and again. I feel very privileged to have met so many 'best friends' from all over the world, yet at times being so far removed from them can be very painful.

What did you learn at Fabrica?
Fabrica untaught everything I thought I knew about being creative. I arrived a naive university graduate, and left two years later even more naive. This has been a process that I am most proud of. I have gained too many insights to list here, but there is one piece of advice from Enrico that has become even more relevant to me in recent weeks...

''ehh Scotta, you listen to me. Start. Just start. You people think to much, its all in your mind. People, young people, think too hard about where they belong in the world, or they fantasise too much about their dreams. By the time you decide what you want to do, the race is already finished. Finito! Capisco? Ehh, you understand?'' — Enrico Bossan

Basically this means don't waste time daydreaming or holding out for grandeur. Stop thinking 'what if?' You have exactly what you need to start right now — yourself. I also learned that a flaw in the mentality of Fabricanti is in asking permission to work on personal projects, submitting themselves to the status quo, and accepting the defeat. This is completely backward, and a form of procrastination. I am not directing this at anyone specifically, but is more so an attitude that I have seen passed from one generation to the next. And an attitude that I am asking current and new Fabricanti to change for the good of all future generations.

During my first year at Fabrica I found myself to be in a position of creative autism. Here was an environment where I was absorbing so much information and inspiration daily, that I lost clarity of what I was trying to achieve. This induced a constant state of daydreaming, which is euphoric and fantastical, but self-destructive if you are intending to be productive. And seeing as most of us enter Fabrica with high expectations, these distractions (and others) can become a real problem. Phoebe and Babak both individually helped me in controlling these distractions, but it wasn't until I encountered the writings of Gertrude Stein that I truly understood how to create what she describes as an 'inspired feedback loop', a way of balancing chaos (inspiration) with productivity.

I guess what Im saying is that yes there are problems and distractions within Fabrica, but this is true for all large creative organisations, or even solo pursuits. It is very difficult to ask 25 young creatives to conform to one structure, or one model of working. In the end it seems best to remain flexible and willing for anarchy to reign, while also maintaining a balance of control in order to be productive. This applies to Fabrica as a collective as well as to the students individually.

I am truly grateful to have gained such insights, and I encourage other Fabricanti to do the same.

Most memorable moments?
During my final week in Treviso, I realised how full of memories these medieval laneways had become. Each street corner housed the celebration of a birthday, arrival or farewell. It felt as if I were already experiencing a past life.

Some of my favourite past lives included our crossdressing escapades with Matt, Miren and Pia, idyllic bike rides along River Sile with nearly everyone, teaching Piero how to pronounce the word 'ruckus' on route to Lago Morta, sharing the joys of a Tim-Tam Slam with Donovan and Becka, returning home exhausted from a day at the Venice Biennale, and having Tomonaga cook you his famous Miso Soup, before rushing off for a one euro vino bianco with Lawrence at Torqai.

But most vividly I remember the bar where I first met Phoebe, the markets where I would meet Lars every Saturday morning, and Mama's Pizzeria (aka Gianburrasca) where Brad and I would talk about girls, films, and the injustices of Fabrica.

And now?
Three weeks ago, I moved back to Adelaide (Austraia) where I am now freelancing as an art director, and continuing my experiments and development into the realm of video making. I hope to start making documentaries about farmers in the Australian outback, because while I was abroad I realised that 'country Australia' has its own unique dialect that is considered foreign by the rest of the world. A characteristic I now find fascinating.

Last words?
I hope my answers are not sounding pessimistic, because I feel quite the opposite. Every day I was surrounded by amazingly talented individuals who just by their presence fill you with hope and confidence. Letting go of this community is by far the hardest part of leaving Fabrica.

As for the new Fabricanti, and old ones...

Dont become too comfortable or take things for granted. Stop complaining. Never wait for your opportunities, always chase them. Collaborate at all costs. Agitate, question, and support each other. At all times, have ONE (and only one) concise vision for YOURSELF and your personal project. It's easy to be distracted by commercial work or false initiatives, so the more focused you remain, the more likely you will achieve your dream goal. Most importantly, enjoy what you do. You're living in Utopia right now.


Thanks Scott, for your support of everything and everyone, and buon viaggio for your next creative journey.

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Jin Kang has left the building

The most shy, gentle and polite guy ever will soon join ... THE KOREAN ARMY!


What were you doing before Fabrica, and what are your plans now?
Before coming here I was working as a freelancer for several companies. Prior to that I was studying. And of course I used to listen to the music all the time, as I did at Fabrica.
But what I loved the most was to work as a voluntary designer for non-commercial companies.
Next year I’m gonna work in the Korean Army, but I want to start again my voluntary work as well.

Was Fabrica what you expected it to be?
I think the people are even more important than the work, here at Fabrica.
Collaborations, friendship, tolerance, respect.
This is exactly what I expected to find here.

Did you learn anything during your time here?
I learnt to speak English, (at least, better than before!) to control myself, and how to talk to different kinds of people.

Best moments in Treviso?
Last week, at Pushkar’s party: I got drunk for the very first time.
I was really confused, but happy!

Anything else you would like to say?
I will miss everybody, and I hope to see you again else where, in the future.
Just as adult people in the real world.

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Francesca Wade has left the building


Magical Francesca, known for making amazing things appear from nothing, like thurs-day-night movies, and "do" projects, and wonders made of mere fabric and cotton, has herself now disappeared from these hallways....leaving behind a trail of heartbroken brazilians.

What were you doing before Fabrica, and what are your plans now?
Just before Fabrica, I was working at a lovely design company in London, and helping Ian Wright plan his move to New York. For anyone who doesn't know his work, check it out. Prior to that I was studying in at the University of Brighton. Now? I am back in London, adapting to post–Fabrica life, looking forward to my first job offer and coming to terms with the rain.

Was Fabrica what you expected it to be?
Fabrica was much less and much more than I expected it to be. It's definitely not what you think it is – whoever you are, wherever you come from – but it is rewarding in ways that you can never expect.

Did you learn anything during your time here?
It's a huge life experience. You live, you learn. Believe it or not, I am calmer, more patient and a great deal more open to suggestions than I was before. Being at Fabrica teaches you to see your normality's as strange preferences that are always subject to change.

Best moments in Treviso?
Barbara's long lunches. Lawrence lifting people up into the air, literally. Sitting opposite Marta at work. Recently, waking Marta up in the morning in a Romeo and Juliet fashion, without the romance. Being on my bike, going anywhere and everywhere with Fernando. Filming the love scene with Piero and Laura for The Duel – ALOHA! – and in fact, everything to do with the making of the film. Poker at Ben's house, listening to pretty much any ridiculous story he had to tell – and there were many! Hanging out with Benjamin. Throwing playing cards around the apartment with Gabo. Scott's face painting for the Venice Carnival. Evenings with Erik and Valentina. Waiting for Joao to arrive, standing on the balcony looking down to the road like excited children. My goodbye party – thank you!

Last words?
To those newcomers who may like to question the system – don't waste your time! Find your niche and nurture it.


Photo by Diego.

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Brad Hasse has left the building

Bradonio ha scopato...um...i mean...e' scappato....

Our inspirational all-round-great-american-guy has left us. The one that proved it was possible to learn italian, win the affections of italian women, men, all fabricanti, and integrate smoothly into italian culture, including coloured pants.

Brad showing the trappings of his "when in rome" philosophy

What was life like before Fabrica?
I bounced around the globe quite a bit for both work and for personal experience. I was freelancing as a director/shooter/editor so that gave me the freedom to live like a hobo, but a little more professional.

Most memorable moments?
Wandering down to Puglia (the 'heal' of Italy), looking up the address of where my grandma was born, and cruising around that neighborhood. People started to find out what I was up to, so they would take me door to door trying to find someone that might be related to me. Next thing I know, I'm in the dining room of a family with the same last name as my grandparents. They kept feeding me and pouring homemade wine down my throat, so we sat and talked for hours. We never figured out if we were related, but enjoyed the afternoon all the same.

And of course…
Ogni momento con Tito e Mario, i miei migliori e più scemi amici a Treviso! Fratelli, voi ne avete fatta mille volte più bella la mia esperienza in italia. Vi ringrazio per tutto che mi avete fatto!

Every conversation at "Mom's Pizzeria" or at the "Old Man Bench" or just at the apartment with Scott. I'll miss you bro, come visit soon!

Working CRAZY hours writing with Lottie, psychotically punching out scripts and ideas. Writing with Donovan, and releasing some of the most ridiculous concepts that have come out of my brain in a long time.

Traveling around the world with Alex, filming in some quite different situations, but having a good teammate throughout the whole experience.

Imparando le canzoni nuove (le classiche italiane) durante il passaggio a casa con Piero! Si, si...ho voglia di andare a caaaaaaaaaasa, a casa dove?!

Pranzo con Enrico e tutti da Advertising, "no olio… no party."

And every single morning over a year and a half when I woke up, looked outside, and said to myself, "Wow, I'm actually living in Italy."

What is the plan now?
I just spent some time back at home in Phoenix, Arizona eating some good home cookin' with the family and catching up with old friends. This weekend I'm moving back to Los Angeles and will freelance as a director/cameraman again. I plan on buying a surfboard right away and most likely hurting myself really badly shortly thereafter.

For my own projects, I want to keep shooting short films, but with content and a method that just makes me happy doing it from beginning to end. There's nothing more exciting than creating something and realizing that you've had a smile on your face throughout the entire process.

Last words?


Brad, you are dearly missed...!

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Tad Kimball has left the building


Tad, the yellow wearing, ubertalented, ubermodest, web-foraging, 80's speaking, good-natured american of few words (but very very good ones) has left the building. Total bummer.

What was life like pre-Fabrica?
Before Fabrica, I was living and working in New York at a big advertising firm specializing in branding. When I wasn't working I was riding bikes, laying on the roof, going on weekend adventures and watching a lot of movies.

What was life like at Fabrica?
At Fabrica things were pretty good, especially towards the end of my stay. There were a lot of ups and downs, but there were always great people and great food and drink around to make things better.

What did you learn at Fabrica?
I learned how to deal with a lot of different types of people. I also feel like I learned to be more confident.

Most memorable moments?
Some of the most memorable moments are a little foggy unfortunately, but some of my favorite memories revolve around bike rides down the river.

What's the plan now?
The plan now is to enjoy being back in NY before I get sick of it again. Spending time with Megan and my friends and going to the beach a lot are also up there on the list.

Parting words?

We are very sorry that we couldn't keep him here longer, but know he is going back to better things (namely NY and his fiance Megan) and we wish him it all.Thanks for for all the love you gave to the blog. It will miss you very much. As will we.

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Matt Prins has left the building

A good man unexpectedly left, leaving a terrible emptiness and a dreadful silence around the creative writing department. No more singing, no more mechanic talking, no more story telling. Fabrica’s talented, honest and most photogenic man, left in our hearts pure sadness and sorrow.

From left to right: mysterious hand, fabricante, ex fabricante, trial. Right corner: our lonely little Matt.

What was your life like pre-Fabrica?
I studied screenwriting in Vancouver then went directly into working at a dry ice factory, and lived in my parent's basement. I applied to Fabrica a couple of months later. I checked my email every few hours for six months for a response. When I finally heard back from Monica I had just given up hope, so it was a very nice surprise.

What was life like during Fabrica?
Amazing and horrible. Insular and liberating. Frustrating and awe-inspiring. I fucking hated it at times, but loved the shit out of it far more often. As humdrum as it can seem, life in Fabrica is a constant guessing game.

What are you most proud of doing in your time here?
Writing for myself. I think a lot of people come to Fabrica expecting it to be a wonderful creative year where they'll get to explore their practice, and then they end up doing what Benetton or the UN or Omar asks them to do. Then think, "Whatever. I'll just do a great job on this poster about Spousal Abuse and have a drink at San Tomasso to take the edge off."

What advice would you have wanted before coming here?

People are going to talk about you behind your back, but don't take it to heart, because everyone talks about everyone behind everyone's backs. That's just what happens when you're living, working, drinking, eating, traveling and sleeping with the same 40 people that everyone else is living, working, drinking, eating, traveling and sleeping with.

Best and worst moments?
3 Very Great Moments: Cross-dress party and following morning, trip to NY with Reed, and any amount of time spent with any member of "the clique," (completely opposed to that label by the way) and the clique-extended family (that's you Cosimo.) 3 Very Bad moments: death threats from Bloodfists, saying bye to Reed Nat Pia and Miren in the span of 6 weeks, going to Rome when I was meant to go to the beach.

What's the plan now?
Dry ice and parent's basement.

Any parting words? Any thanks to give?
I fell in love and/or felt complete admiration and fondness with and for so many people, hundreds surely, in these 20 months. It's amazing how much love you have to give and take. To EVERY ONE person i met from my trial to my goodbye party - thank you. X.

Mateito, you make. We all wish you the very best.

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Michael Ciancio has left the building

No more lentil soups, no more remixes, no more umbrellas. It was Michael’s time, dearest friend, unstoppable dancer, exceptional creative, honest soul and eternal lover of food, to go back home.
Salud Mike, we all wish you the best!

Ciancio has always appreciated the Italian culture

What did you do before Fabrica?
I finished my undergrad at MICA and worked at Hyperakt Design Group
in Brooklyn, NY and some freelance here and there.

What's the plan now?
I'll continue to be the fat kid that I am deep down inside–living in
Italy really contributed to this. My next big trip involves me flying
to Vancouver and driving to San Francisco stopping in Seattle and
Portland. Just you watch. I'm freelancing till further notice and
living in Astoria.

Did you learn anything during your time here?
I learnt that tacos are actually not supposed to have sour cream in
them. I learnt that Aussies and Kiwis kinda hate each other but don't
admit it. I learnt that English people wear crowns during Christmas.
I learnt that Portugal is pretty. I learnt more Italian, and I learnt
how to say Cheers in many languages.

Best and worst moments?
My worst moments were not even that bad now that I think about it. My
wallet fell out of my pocket once while I was biking the day after my
4th of July party. And so, I canceled all my credit and bank cards,
only to be called the next day and informed that my wallet was
returned to the lost & found by a good Trevisan samaritan and
everything was in it. Also the London show got rough at times, but we
pulled it off and we pulled it off well. The best moments are too
many to list.

What will you miss the most about life here?

Biking through quietness, that view of the mountains, the food, how
accessible the rest of Europe is from little old Treviso. And for my
people: dancing La Lambada with Karol, trading music with Lizy, Nam
inviting us over for Korean dinners, getting served grilled meat by
Nic, teaching American slang to Piero, and talking shit about
Americans with Tad.

Parting words?
They say in America that college is the best 4 years of your life.
That statement still holds true for me, but I knocked off Freshman
year and replaced it with the year I spent at Fabrica.


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Annechien Van Litsenburg has left the building a month ago

In true Anna style, this blog post comes one month late. Sorry Anna, you know i got nothing but love for ya. Annechien Van Litsenburg left us on September 5th.

What was your life like before Fabrica?
I was living in Amsterdam Oost and working as a product designer surrounded by fashion designers at Viktor&Rolf.

Did it change in the way you expect it to?

What kind of advice do you wish you had before coming here?
Besides the students there are more fabulous people in Fabrica!

What will you miss the most about Treviso?
The people.

Any projects or moments you hold really dearly in your heart?
Mainly the people.

Future plans?
I'm going to Bangladesh with Dutch Design in Development, an organization that provides a design and marketing network worldwide. I'm looking forward to this one month adventure!

Parting words?
I wil miss you all!


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Julia Pleschke has left the building

Fabrica continues to become a man's land as SuperMom leaves us today.

What made you want to come to Fabrica?
The opportunity to go abroad, meet interesting people and have a little space between graduating and finding a real job.

Favorite thing about living in Treviso?
Being close to the beach.

How have you seen this place change since you arrived?
Honestly I would be a liar, if I was not saying that I am a bit worried about Fabrica these days: You can feel something is going on and a lot of tension is in the air. It makes me sad that it is now possible for special people to get their friends into Fabrica without having them to pass a trial. Some of the recently arrived new students seem to be too young for a place like that, and especially coming without passing a trial does not help to appreciate Fabrica nor to develop the right attitude to work the best out of it. On the other side, I am happy that I went through a year full of changes and especially that I got to know the old fabrica with all these skilled people who made my first abroad experience and its many great acquaintances to a fantastic part of my life I would never want to miss.

What are your plans for after?
I will move in with my boyfriend in Vienna, freelancing, improving my baby Benettonplay from home and of course visiting and inviting the guys I love and already miss most: Karol, Nam, Lizy, Paolo, Marian, Christian, Juan and last but not least yourself. *snif*

Parting words?
Fabrica can be your greatest time, don't spoil it by waiting for someone to tell you what to do, find friends, keep in touch with them and end every of the 365 days with a smile.

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Pia Knight is leaving the building


After a year and a half, our favorite bloody blonde is leaving, and this is what she had to say:

Does it really feel like it's been a year and a half for you, and has it really hit you that you're leaving?
No, not at all, its a cliche but true. Time is very strange here the days drag on but the weeks fly by. I can't believe my time has come to be released. But i'm pleased that i'm leaving before Reed predicted in 2009. Shit it is hitting me now, i'm sat next to my boxes.

How do you feel about adjusting to civilization again?
Im sure i'll be a bit of a mess for a while for so many emotional reasons, but the answer is normally at the bottom of a glass for me so it should be ok. I've great friends at home who'll help me drown my sorrows. A small adjustment will be not saying ciao and double kissing. I'll sound like a pretentious cow doing that in London. But maybe i try and bring the two kisses rule back home with me, im sure after many many head buts and awkward moments my friends will learn that Italians do it better.

What exactly are your plans for after Fabrica?

Well, im incredibly lucky to have somehow blagged my way into the Royal Designers summer school. Yes i did say Royal Designers, not sure how but I did. After that, who knows what the future holds for me so long as I don't have to return to designing whore cards in London again i'll be happy! Oh yeah and i'm going to get fit, stop smoking for the 12th time and buy a new phone so I can text properly.

What was your favorite moment here?
Everything. I can't name just one you know me and how much I love everyone and everything. But ok to mention a few would have to be last weekend with my friends Jasmin, Scary Wendy and Jose. Unforgettable. Cosimo asking me if my 'teets' were clean, and every other hilarious language slip with him after that. Running from the police with Nat and all the times we woke up together laughing. Only ever speaking 'yonkerly' gibberish Irish with Pat and Alex. Fernando making love to a chair. Reed showing us how to drink up and deep throat at the same time. Constant ichatting with Mike. And everyday with Matt Prins.

Favorite things about living in italy?
Friends. My bike. Never being scared. Deep fried mozzarella balls. Wine. Summer. Pea day at Mensa. Capiscoing niente. Strange stalkers (it was a big compliment really, would never happen at home) Dancing to ipods. Eclectic dinner parties. Being incredibly tactile. And most recently tinned mushrooms.

Last words?
Never take life here seriously. Just have fun and don't worry about the consequences of living in a goldfish bowl, its more fun that way. You can always have therapy when you get out.

The mass exodus continues with Pia. It's a sad day in Fabrica, knowing it's Pia's last. It's raining, too. But maybe we're going to Enio for lunch. Anyway, we'll miss you, you royal piece.

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Miren Marañon Tejedor is leaving the building also

Today Miren also leaves us. She flies back to Spain on Sunday. Read our iChat conversation below with my corrections (just the ones i think are necessary) in parantheses. For those of you that don't know, they are these things--> ( )


Michael Ciancio: so since you don't want to answer the questions, what do you want me to say on the blog
miren marañon tejedor: you can say too that i dont have a real plans till I am 26 years (old). Now I will be few years more as a hipsy (hippy) runing around till I am 26 that i will married some one and start to work and win an Oscar or miss tortilla de patata
5:40 PM
miren marañon tejedor: What I will tell to the next fabricanti
Michael Ciancio: yes dime
5:45 PM
miren marañon tejedor: just one thing
miren marañon tejedor: I will tell you just one advice.... the water of the "whater (water) place" downstairs that we as poor fabricantis we use to full our reciclate botles (recycled bottles) is sinc (sink) water. I saw the cleaners fulling on the bathroom (filling it in the bathroom). Just to let you know
miren marañon tejedor: and they was still with the bathroom blobes (not sure)
miren marañon tejedor: .
miren marañon tejedor: What I fell leaving (How do i feel about leaving)?
miren marañon tejedor: sad and happy, sab because here there was really nice people and happy bacause all of them leave allready hahaha
miren marañon tejedor: And what the people will miss because im not (here) any more.... noise- they will be able to concentrate not listening (to the) noise (of my) shoes runing all around and shoiting (shouting) what you have to do.

Yes all very true. We'll miss you Miren. Check out her works at www.mirenmiren.com.

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Amelie Marciasini is leaving the building

Tomorrow morning Amelie goes to France for a Vitra/Fabrica workshop. Then she comes back and goes on holiday. So, today is Amelie's last day. Join us as we reflect with another installment of "...is leaving the building."


-How do you feel about going?
I should have left before.

-What were you doing before?
Going crazy in Stockholm trying to figure out what fashion is to me.

-What's on the agenda for afterwards?
Going back to Stockholm to get my graduation show done.

-Any advice to give to new Fabricanti?
Always be nice to the people working in and around the building,
cleaning ladies, portineria people, handymen, gardeners and the
golfteam Maurizio and Luciano Alban. Not only are they all nice, they
are also the ones who can help you in the least expected situations.
And, remember in general that mostly, people want to do and be their
best, if they are rude to you they probably had someone being rude to
them minutes before.

-What will you remember as the best moment and/or project?
It' s difficult to not say Vörland. But not without mentioning finding
my muse Alex Purdy and the excellent Reed Young. They made my day
every day. And oh, room service dinner at The Peninsula Beijing.

-Any parting words?
Try try try to not spend your time figuring out the system. Just do
your stuff and do it really good. Fabrica is a place where you can
realize your dreams. Every place is a place where we can realize our
dreams. And don' t spend your time waiting for things to happen. Ever.

Amelie, I want to say thanks for getting me that nice food at Ferme when I was on trial. And also thanks for the 2 euro today so i could buy potato chips. Today we say goodbye. Fabricanti, join us in the Fabrica Features Brand Room (coined by Amelie) today at 3 pm for some parting prosecco. It's been real, Legs. See you in Stockholm.

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Nat Ashman has left the building....

Ok, last entry of life. I've made this promise to my dear dear dear Natti boom batti, who left the building last week. And while she might think it's all about her, I've managed to start her goodbye entry by talking about me. Joke's on you, Nat. Alora...

in true natti style. i lost the questions and ran out of that bunker of a building, so being all about me....i made up the questions. sorry matt but i think it went something like this.

What was your life like pre fabrica?
I was teaching kids to be better at art, can u believe it? I am an arts teacher. I was also dreaming about not watching others being creative and doing this myself, somewhere abroad, preferably hot. I guess i got what i wanted.

What was life like during Fabrica?
It is full of more highs than lows. I have met wonderful, crazy, somewhat insane and the most determined and talented people so far in my life. I have hated, loved, shouted, laughed, cried on street corners, given up and got on with it...generally all in a day. well i guess what i adopted was a bit of that Italian drama.

The ups?
I will condense, Reed Young. Finding my design partner in crime, Pia. Gaining patience, you will not believe it but its true. Miranda Orfei, you all need to see a poddle on a pony. Silly dancing.

The downs?
It's a small town in more than one way.

What advice would u have wanted before coming here?
I don't think it matters you always change your mind and things that you thought you would never do, you just do! I mean i am lucky i knew a lot of people before I got here and i am bad at acting on other people's advice anyway but i like this one: Think less do more.

What is the most important thing you learned here?
Not to order cappuccino after breakfast time. Thanks Cosimo

What is the plan now?
To finish on a bang with this exhibition in my hometown - London, check it out! To enjoy good music, see old friends, sleep a bit and catch up with myself before i seek new horizons with my beautiful boy.

Any parting words? Any thanks to give?
Enjoy it, a year goes really really quickly. Try not to spend your time thinking about what you should do or want to be doing. If you don't get on with the system it means that it just doesn't work for you, so leave
or have some fun outside, venice is just minutes away. It's a good place to meet great people, make most of the climate if you are like me from a grey and cold city, get a bike and ride around town, ask fernando to tell u a joke, have a coffee with scott, do some dancing with michael, get diego to tell u something you never knew, look at patty - that smile will always make you smile, take amelie to the beach she is brilliant
fun, listen to 80's tunes with madu and take advice from the prins, he's always right. I thank you all, especially the ones that have just left us.

The mass exodus of women begins with Natalie: the lover, the fighter and a very true friend indeed. We're already missing your moves and cackle Nat. I love you and hate to see you go.

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Reed Young has left the Building...

It gets a bit personal. One of my very dearest friends, a great man with a loud and honest mouth leaves us this week. I, and everyone in Fabrica, wish Reed all the best.

Reed Young, Photography Dept. May 2006, June 2007

What was your life like pre-Fabrica?
Before I started Fabrica I was fresh out of photo school, working for a couple of great fashion photographers in New York. My life consisted of loading film, eating expensive food and sitting on
airplanes in business class, never taking any pictures of my own. This is also my definition of hell.

What was life like during Fabrica?
When I started here I was really confused and angry. When I left yesterday, I was only confused. (This is also the answer to the next question.)

What are you most proud of doing in your time here?

You were known to speak your mind... how did this serve you in Fabrica?
Terribly, just shut up and work. This isn’t a fantasy, it’s a job.
But on the contrary, I really enjoy this quote by Elia Kazan, “When the kicking shoe is on the foot of the man with the bruised ass, he’s likely to use it.”

What advice would you have wanted before coming here?

What's the most important lesson you learned here?
In the business of commercial art, the distance between the bottom and the top is very short. I think they’re actually the same thing.

Best and worst moments?
Best Moment(s): Vorland, Munich, and Sicily
Worst Moment(s): The first 6 months (except Sicily)

What's the plan now, Reed?
I’m moving to Milan to look for work as a prostitute.

Any parting words? Any thanks to give?
Thanks to Luciano Benetton for creating the opportunity of a lifetime for lots of young and talented people. Thanks to Renzo di Renzo for everything you did for me yesterday. Thanks to Enrico Bossan for being a great mentor and a total asshole, I have learned lots from you, and I hope our love/hate relationship isn’t finished. And finally I’d like to thank all of the friends and colleagues I met over the last year. You have been invaluable to me. I have learned more from you in 12 months than I have in my entire life leading up to Fabrica. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with such great people.

See his work here: http://www.reedyoung.com/

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Marian is Leaving the Building...

Marian announced that he was leaving Fabrica last week. Someone said that this place would be like having a Santaless Christmas without him.

Marian Grabmayer, Graphic Design Department, 2005-2007Photo by Sarah Napier.

You’ve been here for how long?
I’ve been here for two years.

What’s the best and worst stuff you’ve seen here?
It’s impossible for me to keep this answer short. It’s been a long time with a lot of stuff happening, both positive and negative. Generally I’ve done my best work here and I’ve shared the best moments together with you guys.
It’s been the best time of my life as far as going out and spending free time is concerned. I’ve seen people getting naked and jumping off boats and bridges into rivers, I’ve heard people playing saxophone in the Fabrica elevator, I was in the winning team at a football tournament, I’ve experienced parties inside Fabrica (and I mean parties), I saw an amazing jam session at Treviso’s only non-Trevisian bar, I even got to dance in the streets. These are moments I’m going to remember for the rest of my life!
On the other hand I’ve spent too many nights working on proposals for projects that turned out being nothing but hot air, I could have been more clever in scheduling my time. My favourite negative event is the first big meeting we had for the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou: We got told that this would be day zero and that from now on we would start thinking about how this exhibition could look like. But we had already been working on proposals for two months – basically for nothing! It was ridiculous and I thought this would be the end of our collaboration with the Pompidou. Fortunately I was wrong.

What did you do before Fabrica?
For half a year I didn’t do much aside from a bit of freelancing. And before that I finished my studies in visual communication at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria.

Where are you headed now and what will life be like for you?
Now I’m going to apply at some advertising agencies inside and outside Europe, and hopefully I’m going to live in an exciting city soon. I will let you know!

Do you think it will be hard to readjust to “real life?“
I think changes in life are never easy. Coming to Fabrica was quite hard for me as well. But I hold the opinion that it’s good to change every now and then. Otherwise you get too comfortable with your daily routine.

What will you miss the most about life here?
Our weekly football matches, parties at Fabricanti’s apartments (probably with the police showing up after one hour), and hanging out at the local cafés on Saturdays.

What’s your greatest accomplishment in Fabrica?
I’ve learned a lot about relations and relationships, little lessons about life, which are a big benefit.

Any last words?
Last words are crap; let’s meet again somewhere!

Say farewell to our friendly giant. This is his last week.

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Christian Etter Leaves the Building

Our dear Christian Etter - main blog entry supplier and great friend to all - leaves us today after one glorious year.


What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Worked as an Art Director in Saatchi & Saatchi in Milano.

And what is the plan now?
I will continue to work on some Fabrica projects (we’re still looking for editors!), but based in Switzerland, for a couple of weeks. Then I will go to work as a Senior Interactive Creative for a nice little company called Unit 9 in London.

What was the best moment here?
The best was the summer break... all of August off. We went with some Fabricanti and some of my friends through Spain and Portugal. I never had such a long holiday break. And also some little moments in Treviso. Like when just Pia, Hansi and I danced the whole night at your place. Only with an iPod with some strange music on it, without shoes to keep the neighbors sleeping. Or when I was with Natalie and Hansi in Paris for sure. And showing my motherland to some Fabricanti over the Christmas break. The trip to Slovenia was amazing too. Such good food. My god, there where so many good moments... it was a great year here.

What did you learn in Fabrica?
I think I improved my English quite a bit. And I stopped smoking. Also, when your colleagues all of a sudden become your flat mates, friends, family and lovers, you can learn a lot about your self... you can't hide anything.

Any last words?
Yes. After working a year in Fabrica... I have to say this place makes less sense than ever. The infrastructure is great - the building, the library, the equipment, so many ridiculously talented people - but the never present management isn't able to create a stable environment to pull anything off. Over all it's an amazing place to meet good people from all over in a similar stage of their lives. And personally... I have never grown as quickly as I have in Fabrica. Therefore, it is a shame the building is half empty. I am happy that some new blood is arriving, but it seems impossible to stop the exodus. In June many will have to leave. I am glad I will not be here then.
To the Fabricanti I want to say again how great you are. You have taught me so much and given me much love! Wherever I am, my door is wide open for you.

I just want to say, that it's been more than a pleasure to spend the past year with Chris. He's not only my partner in blogging but a very good friend and a wonderful presence here in Fabrica. Websites, football, and pseudo-inappropriate conversations will not be so regular without your swiss ways.

Take care Chris.

And by the way everyone, there's a free space available as a Fabricanti blogger!

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Andy Rementer leaves the building!

After two mostly glorious years, Fabrica heavyweight Andy Rementer leaves us by tomorrow.

andy rementer

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Then lived and worked in NYC for a bit. I spent a great deal of time hanging around in coffee shops and dive-bars drawing, and making stickers.

And what is the plan now?
Travel around the states with my Italian girly. Decide whether I want to continue working for someone else, or work for myself (i.e. drawing alone in my bedroom). Work-wise I'd like to continue drawing comics, maybe getting something published would be nice.

Which was the best moment here?
The best moment(s) were when an Italian co-worker had a birthday party here at Fabrica. They would always bring in fabulous meats, prosecco, and dolce for everyone to enjoy. Americans are so far behind with this kind of thing.

Your biggest achievement in Fabrica?
Becoming a Senior Sudent. Haha!

What did you learn in Fabrica?
At Fabrica you are forced into spending a lot of time with other people, as well as meeting new people on a daily basis. That's quite a unique experience. So through this I learned a lot about social interaction. In fact, I've developed a wide array of techniques on starting and ending conversations. Here's a classic example of getting out of a boring conversation: Tilt your head, and say "Hmm, that's interesting." and walk away. Works every time.

Your favorite part about living in Italy?
I love the way old men (i vecchi) dress in Italy. So classic!

I also love how life in Italy revolves around eating. I savored Saturday afternoons in Treviso. Drifting from cafe to cafe in the morning, sipping espresso, drawing in my sketchbook. Then enjoying a long, delicious lunch in my cozy apartment. I'll be jealous of this experience for the rest of my life, I think.

What will happen with Techno Tuesday?
Now that I'm all grown up, I'll no longer be posting on this wonderful blog. Instead I'll be posting directly to www.technotuesday.com.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Well, it's all what you make of it here at Fabrica (or anywhere else for that matter). Don't spend your time complaining about your boss. Instead utilize the resources here to your advantage. My personal mantra was always "Use the printer, and send a lot of post." It's free for chrissake!

Thank you Andy specially for posting every Tuesday your comic. Not once missed! Visit Andy's website: www.andyrementer.com.

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Eric Faggin leaves the building

Also Eric leaves us today. No philosophizing till late night anymore... :-(

eric faggin
Image stolen from Chief Mag.

What have you been doing before Fabrica?
Before Fabrica I was a vegetable in a cubicle at a very nice company in the Silicon Valley. After that I was a vegetable in a school in Milan for a year.

What is the plan now?
I'm moving back to the United States and am heading back to university for a master's degree.

Which was the best moment here?
Everytime spring rolls around, those couple of weeks before the real heat sets in.

What do you like about living in Italy?
My family, my friends, food and drinks, the countryside, the seasons, the people and their ridiculous fashion, Italian kindness, the pace of life.

Which is your favorite place in Treviso?
I really love the bike ride along the sile, though being as sedentary as I have been, I didn't really take advantage of it enough. I love the area behind piazza dei signori, behind the pescheria, there's a nice little sprawl of grass next to the river that's a great place to plant yourself and do some thinking.

Last words?

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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.

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Lorenzo Vitturi is leaving the building

The man of the stripes, Lorenzo, is leaving us today.

lorenzo vitturi
Photo by Reed Young.

What have you been doing before Fabrica?
Before I was working as a set painter, for movies, in Venice and Rome.

What is the plan now?
I'm moving to the trend metropole London. Starting to be a famous photographer. Which kind? I call it constructive photgrapher. I don't know if that makes sense in the English language.

Which was the best moment here?
Eating the pasta fagioli soup (of corse) in mensa. Ahh no, also the last party, when we danced for hours just in socks to quieted music, because of the complaining neighbours.

What did you learn in Fabrica?
I learned how to use iChat and Skype. I never used these communication tools before. Skype I just learned yesterday, so it took me one and a half year. Like that we can keep in touch.

What do you think about Treviso?
I really hate the posh Treviso people, they are the worst horrible, drunk, huge car driving idiots in whole Italy.

Last words?
Come to dance with me in Venice this Saturday night.

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Juan Ospina leaves the building... Again!

The Wii man already did answer the questions a half year ago. Here an update:

I was gone, then I was back, then I was supposed to go, then supposed to stay and now I am actually leaving. I say good bye to FABRICA (the building) with one final project release before heading out back to Colombia. To Fabricanti, I say, I saw most of you come and go, you are all great people, you are, in my opinion, the most interesting group of people that Treviso, or for that matter this country at least, will ever see. My only regret: I have to return mi Wii 'cause the games don't work in Colombia. Damn video game industry.

Visit Juan's website: www.piterwilson.com


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Merche Blasco has left the building

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was finishing my engineering studies in Madrid, getting to know what became my best friends that year: Solar cells! And composing in my bubble.

What's the plan now?
First releasing the debut of burbuja, organizing some gigs, becoming famous and drowing in my huge swimmingpool from overdoze of apples...

Your most priceless experience here?
Fabricanti, of course.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
People by bike.

Your least favorite part?
People by car.

Last words?
Reflector vest in the market : 4 EUR, backlight : 3 EUR
Miss u already!!!!

Visit Merche's (still unfinished) website: www.a100.tv/burbuja/


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Marco Mucig has left the building

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I am a creature of the wild. As a child I ran naked in fields. I was free and happy and then I was captured. I did not complain, my captors were fair and considerate; they gave me pens and cameras, they gave me notebooks and paper. I used those tools to create and explore in illustration, photograpy, video, and graphic design. I developed those skills further, working for Steinmannklinik (Helsinki, Finland), Studiocamuffo (Venice), and now with Fabrica.

What's the plan now?
The plan is to keep my soul wild. To makes regular trips back to the mountains where I ride my snowboard, grill food and throw snowballs.

Your most priceless experience here?
Being part of a community, filled with great and inspiring people.

What did you learn in Fabrica?
To work hard on the things I really like.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
Biking in the morning and back home to clear my mind.

Your least favorite part?
The fog in the winter.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Poo is the new yo!

Visit Marco's website: www.snowgroup.net


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Adam Huggins has left the building

An other student who's on the airplane towards home... in this case his loved city called New Deli.


What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was living in South Asia and taking pictures

What's the plan now?
Going back to South Asia and I will be taking pictures

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here?
No longer a straight edge.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
Bicycle rides and eating well.

Your least favorite part?

Last words?
Use the facilities at your disposal as much as you can. Ask for help in departments other than your own. Use the phone a lot. Eat a lot. Beware of the Gypsies...

Visit Adam's website: www.adamhuggins.net

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Hasta la vista Federico Urdaneta

They leave in droves. One of them is our Colombian latin lover Federico.
He has left the building Tuesday. And the ladies still dry their eyes.

federico e merche
Lost children, Federico and Merche. Photo by Marco.

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Before I came to Fabrica I studied a lot. First literature, then audio engineering then design and technology. Then I worked like a mule in the design sweatshops of New York. Then my visa ended so I had no choice but to come to Fabrica...

What's the plan now?
It all depends on so many things. Interactive work in London? Artsy craft in Amsterdam? Maybe stay in Colombia, set up a headquarters kind of what the Ninja Turtles had (where there's half pipes, and arcades and a drum kit) and never speak to anyone again. Don't know.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here?
Friends? awwwwwwww...

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
Old people.

Your least favorite part ?
Young folk.

Any last words?
Keep it real.

See Federico's work: www.boraxx.org

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Oriol is Leaving the Building

Oriol the Selfless is leaving Fabrica's Interactive Department after a year and a quarter.

Our man, Oriol, on the left.

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was taking my Masters in Milan; pretty useless.
Hint: don't apply to italian schools event if their website looks promising.

What's the plan now?
Go home and eat my favorite food for Xmas. Take a long rest, maybe travel around a bit, and then start looking for options.... London or NY sound good so far.

What's your most priceless accomplishment/memory from your time in Fabrica?
Saving Hansi's life by jumping into the Sienne from a bridge, of course!

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
I guess Ice-cream? I also like having wildlife wandering around the city, like ducklings and swans.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso?
This small town makes me lazy and I end up spending way too much time at home doing nothing... And those damned church bells!! They go on forever so early on the weekends!!! What are they thinking!!!!! I don't care about their religious schedules, they can all go to church at 8am if they want, but they have no right to wake up the whole town!!! Aaarrrgh!

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Visit CinqueTerre during summer! its not so far, might be worth renting a car between 4 or 5 people. Sleeping there is not so expensive either, and it's such a beautiful place! Specially if you miss the real sea (those waters around Venice are disgusting) as much as I did.
Good luck everyone; let me know if you come to Barcelona!

And the always generous Oriol has left us with the gifts to download and play with:

MensaLady Widget

Kaleidoscope ScreenSaver (better with a camera equipped mac)

TimeLapse ScreenSaver (requires a mac with camera)

Fields & Fields ScreenSaver

Fish (I made this before coming to fabrica, but I think it's worth checking too)

Thanks Oriol! May the interactive gods take you under their wings.

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Yianni is leaving

This is a tough one. My dear working neighbour, football god, friend and Aussie Yianni Hill is leaving tomorrow to go hunting kangaroos, enjoying barbeques in the hot sun and relax on the beach of Adelaide. Hooroo mate, we wish you a good journey and see you soon.


What did you do before Fabrica?
I completed a degree in Visual Communication before working in a design studio as well as freelancing. I also traveled for 9 months through Europe and Morocco. I wasn’t studying Italian. Maybe I should have been.

What's the plan now?
To enjoy the Australian summer with my girlfriend, drink a farmer’s union iced coffee, drive my car again, Christmas in the sun, start working, keep collaborating with Fabrica kids, hopefully catch up with some Australian ex-fabricanti very soon and start playing football again.

Your most priceless accomplishment experience here?
The Fabrica football victory at the Holden Cup in Torino.

Your favorite mensa dish?

Your favorite part about Treviso?
Gelati from the one and only gelateria (best combo tartufo and cointreau – not seen since late last year but still a lasting memory), pizza from almost anywhere, tiramisu from that place just down the road from Piazza Signori, spritz from San Tomaso, mojitos from Mojito bar, white russians from La Pausa. But best of all getting to share all of these things with all the Fabricanti. Thanks you guys.

Your least favorite part?
The church bells that don’t allow Sunday morning sleep ins.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Australia is only just over a day away so if you ever have a bit of spare time, come down and hang out and if not keep in touch.

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Grisha is leaving the building

Germany is leaving. Grisha Morgenstern, pure sex from the Graphics Department has cleaned up his desk and is ready for the big wide world.

the kid
Photo by Reed Young.

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Clicking colors, selling used Q-tips on eBay Germany. Now I have such big international collection after leaving Fabrica to rule the world wide used Q-tips market. But the right question would be: What was Fabrica doing before I arrived?

What's the plan now?
I will try to make money and live a healthy and peaceful life. Before I turn 30, I want to have a nice house, money and time to renovate my Dad’s first car and maybe a dog! A big one with a head like a horse and paws like the hands of cute Asian school girls. Ohhh one or two nice girlfriends interested in what I am interested at.
Then, when I turn 32 I want to have a child with maybe one of those two girls. But that doesn’t mean that I want to marry her. Then with 34 or maybe 35 I want to adopt a second one! Maybe from Korea or Vietnam, don’t know yet. Lets see. So I am still available. If you are interested don’t be shy.

Your most priceless accomplishment here?
I learned that not everything what is sparkling is gold!
Living in my Grandmas flat without a grandma.
The names of Donald Duck’s nephews around the world:

German - Tick, Trick & Track
Arabic - Karkoor wa Farfoor wa Zarzoor
Canadian - Mike, Dave and Pierre
Czech - Kulík, Bubík a Dulík
Danish - Rip, Rap og Rup
Dutch - Kwik, Kwek, en Kwak
Estonian - Hups, Tups ja Lups
Finnish - Tupu, Hupu ja Lupu
French - Riri, Fifi et Loulou
Greek - Khi, Nti & Lioúi
Hungarian - Tiki, Niki és Viki
Icelandic: - Ripp, Rapp og Rupp
Indonesian - Kwak, Kwik, dan Kwek
Italian - Qui, Quo, e Qua
Japanese - Hyuui, Dyuui, Ruui.
Lithuanian - Bilis, Vilis ir Dilis
Norwegian - Ole, Dole og Doffen
Polish - Hyzio, Dyzio i Zyzio
Portuguese - Huguinho, Luizinho e Zezinho
Spanish - Hugo, Paco y Luis or Juanito, Jorgito y Jaimito
Serbian - Raja, Gaja i Vlaja
Swedish - Knatte, Fnatte och Tjatte
Russian - Billy, Villy, & Dilly

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
The summer time wine sessions in the evening with people I like. The sun that woke me up burning my naked ass every Sunday morning between May and August.

Your least favorite part?
No H&M, too many pink trousers on boys and chicks with no natural beauty left.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
If someone is calling you dude or dog, turn around and leave the Department as fast as you can.
I will always have a place for you; my flat is your flat.

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Leaves the building: Kuschmirz, Gregor

If they leave, they leave together. This week three Fabricanti will pack their suitcases. One of them is named Gregor. He's known for sharp comments and a strong love for sharp mountains. With him leaves a piece of German quality. Viel Glück Gregor und hoffentlich bis bald.


What did you do before Fabrica?
I did my degrees in communication-, film- and TV-design.

What's the plan now?
To take a break.

Your most priceless accomplishment?
Don't understand the question.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?

Your least favorite part?
The missing nature.

Any last words?
Thank you Luciano Benetton, thank you Laura Pollini, thank you Alfio Pozzoni, thank you Joe, thanks everybody else for tolerating and supporting me!

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Jin has left the building

jini in a bottle

What did you do before Fabrica?
Working through the night, sleeping during the day, eating dinner as breakfast...

What's the plan now?
Just got to Amsterdam. Going to Los Angeles for Christmas and new year. eat lots of good Korean food. Back to Amsterdam in February.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here?
Learning how to bike!

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
love the fact that it is nothing like Los Angeles, especially love the biking part. Got into too much trouble by driving back home.

Your least favorite part?
Ignorant Italians who don't get the concept of being American while looking like an Asian.

Any last words?
Fabrica is a reality show. Rest of the world is watching. "They" planned out everything, Who's gonna live with whom, who's gonna be in which department... cameras are hidden everywhere. There are some spies within Fabricanti with cameras hidden in their shirt buttons. The viewers voted me out so I'm out of the show now. But I will be watching. Good luck!

Thanks Jin, good luck to you as well. Fare well.
Visit her website and give her love: www.angdoo.net

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Selwa Sweidan has left the building

"Born in Malta. Played in the goat field across the street and hung out with my little sister and the rabbits. Moved to suburb of NY at 5. Returned to Malta at 10. Moved back to the US for college at age 17 (location: Northampton, MA)." Selwa Sweidan is Fabrica's international woman of mysery. And she's leaving tomorrow.


What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was living in Parma, eating amazing ham ... and before that living in Tokyo eating lots of 'unagi donburi' (eel + rice) and ... so moving to Treviso was not a huge change.. though the accent is really different in Parma... I never knew there was a 'french' sounding italian accent until I went to Parma! (it's the r sound)..

What's the plan now?
Going back to Tokyo.. ! .. Visitors welcome! (after a few months to settle in of course)!

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here?
Definitely workshops and collaborations.. all due to the lovely Fabricanti here... A big thanks to Miss Koby for all our wonderful work together. Sam Baron for his support. Andy Cameron for giving me time ... and Renzo for signing all those papers!

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
Living in a city with water..and all the little bubbling brooks, streams and/or rivers.. is quite lovely! Plus there are some wonderful 'Osterias' for good 'apertivo'! (Tip: check out the one next to the big Benetton store in Piazza Signori.. it's down the small alley.)

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso?
Winter! It gets dark way too early, it's less appealing to bike to Fabrica in the cold and... a huge stock of movies is definitely necessary.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Thanks Fabricanti!!!!!

Farewell Sweet Selwa.

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Carlo Zoratti has left the building

Carlo Zoratti is akin to the wacky next door neighbour in your favorite sit-com.

Born and raised in Udine, Mr. Zoratti has been a core member of Fabrica's Interactive department since last fall, and a vital part of the Fabricante party experience, throwing monthly boat celebrations as one half of the video/music experience that is Iragazzidellaprateria.
All his party throwing days have paid off, as he's off to work for one of his DJing heroes, Ebo Man.

Out of tune singing never sounded so fine. We'll miss you and it. Fare thee well Carlo.

Carlo Zoratti: Autumn 2005- Autumn 2006

What's the plan now?
the plan now is to move to amsterdam to try to work there for a little while

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here?
fuck matt i checked 10 times in the dictionary but i cant understand
what the hell u mean??? which kind of question is this?

Your favorite part about living in Treviso?
the way to go to fabrica, biking in the morning, biking in the night

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso?
the fucking fighetti people that populate the town

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
one of the mensa ladies is lesbian. guess who!
(ask cosimo if u can't find it out)

Hope to see u soon.


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Bye bye blog! (or Ann has left the building)

annisleaving.jpgAnd now my time has come to leave Fabrica forever. It's been one full year of me working on this blog. I won't be here to say happy birthday to the blog on the 4th of October, which was the day I put up the first post. It's a bit sad to be leaving something you work on everyday, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.

Just to be fair, I'm writing my own 'has left the building' bit... using the same question I asked to everybody else:

Ann Poochareon, Interactive department, April 2005-October 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I graduated from ITP, NYU, then went to Nice with Mark and Dan to do Nicebots, then came to visit Fabrica and actually didn't like it too much. Then I went back to Brooklyn and worked as a freelancer 20 hours a day from my bedroom, never getting out of my pajamas for days unless to collect a paycheck. Then I thought that maybe living in Italy rent-free might not be so bad.

What's the plan now?
I'm moving to Bangkok, Thailand to take a job offer, and bringing my Canadian boyfriend with me. After 13 years of living in the U.S. and Italy, suddenly there's a calling for me to go back to the motherland.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here
Experiencing Europe first-hand by living here is really priceless. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
The Saturday market, especially the during the cherry season. Cheap wine of excellent qualities. Riding bikes without helmets through town and the cars actually stop for you.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
The bars, they're not very fun are they?

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Don't wait for anyone to tell you what to do, don't ask for approval, don't ask for permission, and don't have high expections. Do whatever you want to do and if someone will have a problem with it, then deal with that later (just be smart about it). Most of the time, Fabrica has no idea what it is they want, so if you can take advantage of that, you're golden.


Arrividerci Tutti!

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Hansi is leaving the building... soon

Hopping over from the neighboring country, Hansi joined the Interactive department last year after studying in Linz, Austria. Kid-genius and a self-taught programmer, Hansi codes everything and can work so fast that he mostly spends his office time browsing YouTube and showing off the best clip of the day. He is half the duo behind the popular BenettonPlay -- all the kids are gonna miss their hero.

A Fabrica project which Hansi is a part of, the Tuned Stairs, will be at the big show FABRICA: Les Yeux Ouverts, opening next week at the Pompidou. After the show opens, Hansi will get packing and hop right back on to Austria where he'll enjoy his hometown favorite Schnitzel.

Hansi Raber, Interactive Department, October 2005-2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Well, mostly school and freelance stuff. My most recent thing was studying Math, but I've put that on hold right now.

What's the plan now?
I missed the registration for this university year so I'm trying to wait till something just hits me. Maybe I'll apply for the Ars Electronica Futurelab or some other place where I can work till I start studying again. But it will be very hard to find another workplace where I can just show up at lunch time and watch YouTubes. If it all fails I'll try to be a professional Accordion player.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here
Flat-mate Francois and I climbed the crane behind the Drinking bar. I had no Idea how high cranes are...

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
When I first came here the day had 24 blank hours that were waiting to be freshly filled with whatever I wanted to do, it's not just going to live in another place, it really is like starting a new live.
What I also really like is that we're treated like kids - our lunch, our money, our flat, our flights - it's all taken care of. If there was only someone doing my dishes...

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
This town is always asleep when I'm awake!

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
You can't go to the toilet at 6:30 cause the cleaners are there, on Mondays there are french fries in mensa and you can save some money by taking out olive oil and toilet paper.

Seriously... What I expected from Fabrica was inter-department work on projects that get you really excited, instead I got sweet life and mostly my-department work. I really wish there will be a combination of the best of both. Well... maybe under Alfio's lead :)

P.S. Give a smile to the mensa ladies!


Bye Hansi, we'll miss you!

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Nalis has left the building

Our smiley writer and most helpful translator to many of us, Annalisa Merelli, left week ago bound for the beautiful city of Paris. Half North, half South, but 100% Italian, Nalis introduced many Italian customs and eateries to us foreigners. After a year of scholarship at Fabrica, she was awarded another one-year scholarship to continue her studies in writing/semiotics in the French capital of everything. We are all very excited for her, and all eager to go "visit" her in Paris anytime (hey, just say when, nalis!). In fact, she's probably settling there as we speak.

At Fabrica she spent so much time interviewing and writing about other people, now that it's her turn, she's keeping it short and sweet:

Annalisa 'Nalis' Merelli, Creative Writing Department, September 2005 - September 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was studying Semiotics at University of Bologna

What's the plan now?
Trying to hide my awful French while living in Paris.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
Well, Treviso is a city where you can bike in the middle of the main square at 11 pm without meeting anyone on your way.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
Well, Treviso is a city where you can bike in the middle of the main square at 11 pm without meeting anyone on your way.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Go to mensa at after 1.15.


In bocca al lupo, Nalis! (yeah, she taught us that too)

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Argobot has left the building

Hailed from Toronto Canada via New York, Mark Argo, handle: Argobot, is the first of the Robot Guy trio to have left the building. Daniel, Mark, and myself comprise the Robot Guy trio as we came to visit Fabrica after finishing an exhibition of robots. Then we found our way here, thinking that there were robots to be made, but Fabrica didn't really need any more robots as we would soon discover -- everybody here is a robot, one way or another. And then no one called us the Robot Guy anymore.

Mark left his marks (har har) amongst the Fabricanti for running an irreplacable server that saved us from being bored to tears on a normal night in Treviso. Besides "that-cellphone-upload-picture-frame-thing", He also has a full array of gadgets he created here at Fabrica, check them out here.

mark has left the building
Mark "Marktyler" Argo, Interactive Department, March 2005 - September 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Build robots and eat mexican food.

But seriously, after graduating from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Department in New York I went with two fellow talented artists to Nice, France to do a gallery installation involving Robots. The project -- called 'Nicebots' -- had us build almost 30 robots by-hand. Our studio / robot-lab was in the gallery space allowing museum patrons to walk in and observe our work, ask questions and even help out. After we created a Nicebot we let it go and live in the adjacent gallery space, occasionally tweaking its programming/personality so you could watch the small robot community evolve. It was one of the most rewarding and education experienced i've ever had.

And then came Fabrica.

What's the plan now?
Well, assuming things calm down politically I'll be heading to Thailand to work on interactives for NDMI - a new museum in downtown Bangkok. I'm also going to be researching my next major installation to be hosted in Toronto next summer. It's highly inspired by my experience with Nicebots, but will involve me creating consumer electronics instead of robots. It's pretty much my dream project, so I'm quite excited.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here:
Back in the day, when I was deciding whether or not to come to Fabrica, I rationalized it as so:

I had just finished school. I wanted to keep my creative momentum going. I had no desire to *work* again. I wanted to travel and be inspired.

In the end I understood that I had no clue what the next step for me was going to be, but I figured that getting paid to live in the tranquility of rural Italy would be a good place to sort that out, and that by the end I would at least have a better idea of where to go. Fabrica has delivered just that.

I have been able to slow down my pace and observe, which is critical after several years of being in the intense environment of New York. At the same time I did something I've never tried before, and that's to focus all my attention on one project - slowly crafting the idea into something i like. As a result 'Commpose' -- the bluetooth uploading thing -- has been installed in three continents, has received several offers for future installations, and will soon have an academic paper published. For that I've got to thank the support of Fabrica, especially Andy Cameron who really helped back the concept.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso:
I think Treviso has a lot of charms, but also a lot of frustrations for the kid who has only living in major city centers all his life. It's picturesque and welcoming. I'll always remember the feeling of coming back to Treviso from New York, Toronto or anywhere else, and feeling the tranquility and security that these people enjoy. Walking at night with my suitcase through a desolate parking lot and not having to keep my eye open for crooks. Sometimes I don't think they realize how good they've got it.

There's also the people. My Dad used to always extol the virtues of Italians from his days as a backpacker in Europe. And I've got to agree with him. Italians are generally warm and happy people who overflow with energy and look incredible. They live life the way they want to, and flaunt some version of logic and order that I think is beyond the capacity of most foreigners.

Oh yeah, and the food (of course).

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
The bubble. I need to escape the bubble. We all know it's not real - but it feels so comfortable. This is what virtual reality is going to feel like in the future.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Geez. Tough to say.

Travel as much as possible. Bologna is close and fun. Amsterdam is fairly cheap and really fun. Milan is great during Design Week. Rome and Florence cannot be missed. Rent a car and drive through the country. Stay at an Agriturismo in Tuscany. Take a train to Lubijana. To to the museums in Vienna. Drive through Switzerland. The list goes on and on. You'll never be this carefree in Europe again.

Most importantly, don't lose focus on your own work or doing what will make you happy. Fabrica needs you just as much as you need them, and they owe you a pleasant balance between their projects and your artistic development. If you can't learn, then they can't call themselves an educational institution. Raise your voice if you have to, but be reasonable. You should be able to leave this place with a nice portfolio of great work, and confidence in your creative ambitions.


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Juliana is leaving the building!

And we're back in season with people slowly leaving Fabrica once again...

Juliana Loh our writer hailed all the way from Singapore, is leaving us this week as she concludes her one year anniversary and ending her contract.

Juliana Loh, Creative Writing Department, September 2005 - September 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Special projects writer for a local fashion magazine

What's the plan now?
Back to Singapore. Or maybe to Shanghai. World of possibilities really, haven't got anything to lose.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here:
Learning how to ride a bicycle and biking daily to and from Fabrica.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso:
Watching ducklings hatch in spring and grow over the months. As well as the good food, cheap wine and gelato!

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso:
I actually really like it despite all the little inconveniences.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
I'll miss you lot! Thank you for being part of my Fabrica experience.


All the best and buon viaggio Jules!

Juliana left us her writings as a departing gift, you can download them here (right click + save as for the pdf): Courtesan, Broken, Sheets, and To the point

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Juan has left the building!!! Oh No!

Juanito Carlo Ospina Gonzales the artist who brought you Flipbook!, Colombian War Games, and produced many other online games, just left the Fabrica building! On top of busy making online flash games, he also maintained Flipbook! of the Week section of this blog and was the one responsible for creating Fabrica Flickr Pool. Juan left the building yesterday after spending almost 2 full years at Fabrica, but because he's such a vital member of our online life, rumour has it that he might be coming back in the near near future....

Two Years of Mensa
Juan Carlos Ospina Gonzales, Interactive Department 2004-2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Studied graphic design, worked for an ad agency, played in a band, organized punk rock venues, ran an online community site, had on and off girlfriends, partied...

What's the plan now?
Go home. Hug Mom. Pet my dog. I'll pick it up from there.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here
Meeting genius artists/ wonderful beautiful people almost everyday, randomly meeting my girlfriend at an Italian lesson, traveling to places i never thought i would ever even see, like the south of Italy, Holland, Belgium, Turkey even Japan (a schoolboy dream of mine), making a project that actually works, rolling down a hill and having fun doing it...i could go on.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
Cheap wine and amazing food. Rich families that hire northern opairs.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
The rudeness, ignorance and general unfriendliness of most Trevigians, the horrible treatment to foreigners inside and outside the questura, the insane shop hours (how do these people make a living?), the total lack of customer service, way too many fur coats, way to many white pants and pink shirts, no internet in my flat, messy dirty roommates, movies dubbed to Italian, firewalls and closed ports, the fact that everything is late or broken down... i could go on.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Excessive gossiping is bad for you and those around you.


We'll miss you, puppydog!!! Come back soon!

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Linus the Lion is leaving the building

We're loosing our soccer team's MVP today as he heads back to his homeland Sweden... say bye in the comment section!

Relax..or posing...  Victory and injury...  IMG_2758

Linus Nilson, Interactive Department, February 2005- May 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I studied philosophy/history of ideas and art history before getting a bachelor in interaction design. Then I worked for a while doing tech support but when I heard back from fabrica I quit and came here for

What's the plan now?
I don't know really. First I'm going to relax for a couple of weeks, then there is the world cup. So I got some time to figure things out.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here:
Bringing home the trophy from torino.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
Coming from cold sweden I like the longer summers and shorter winters obviously. Other than that it's very nice, good food and cheap wine.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
Now that I'm leaving I've come to terms with it.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
I had plenty... but they all escaped me.



Hats off to you, Linus! In bocca al lupo!

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Nicole has left the building

As mentioned before, Brett and Nicole left the Fabrica building last week. blog.Fabrica celebrates this occasion of people-moving-on-with-their-lives by dedicating a post for each artist whose time has come to leave Fabrica forever. This is the first full-fledge interview we have for "...has left the building", more will come as each of us are packing our bags one by one...

Nicole Kenney, Visual Communications (Graphic Design) Department 2005-2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
well right before i came to fabrica i was in nyc. working a job i didn't like while waiting and waiting for fabrica to get back to me.

What's the plan now?
i plan to move back to brooklyn, get a cat, drink lots of iced chai lattes, catch up on 14 months of movies i missed, eat sushi, try to ride my bike without getting killed, play lots of pool, see old friends, look for non-real-job work, may go to grad school in art therapy.

What is your most priceless accomplishment from being here?
i guess just bascially that i've grown as an are-teest. i didn't ever think i was good enough to be considered an "illustrator" before.. but i have had nice opportunities to try that role out at fabrica and i am pretty happy with what work came out of it... so i'm glad for that.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso
riding bicycles everywhere. the people you meet at fabrica of course and the times you share with them.

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso
always having to say goodbye to another person you care about and knowing you will live in separate countries after fabrica-time.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
you'll figure it all out :) it's overall a wonderful experience - enjoy.


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These clowns just left the building!


You may know them as Brett and Nicole. One's a musician and the other's a graphic designer. I think they used to be separate units, but once they found each other, we can't tell them apart anymore.

Well, their last day at the building was yesterday and the clowns are off island trotting in Croatia, then to the Big Apple New York City next week -- because that's where clowns go to try to make it in the entertainment business. You will be missed, guys!

Interview of Brett and Nicole coming in the near future.

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Sarah, Yoni, and Those Thai Guys all left the building!

I've been remissed with the "...has left the building" bit, and now that spring time is here, we've lost a bunch of people!

Starting with Sarah Napier, who left more than a month ago (March 1, 2006) to go back to her hometown (and join her Italian boyfriend) in Melbourne, Australia. This red head Aussie couldn't get out of here fast enough as she was liberated from the graphics department and didn't leave anything behind but pictures (thanks to Nicole for the pics!):

Then Yoni Halevy, Israeli drummer transplanted to New York City, who joined Fabrica Musica for the "Winners" project (musical performance coming up in June) left us on April 9 to head back to the Big Apple. Everyone agrees that Yoni is the maddest drummer we've all ever met.

Yoni and a bunny

Yoni (right) and Diego who misses his 'batterio di uno spizzidou d'un porcofriend' !
(photos courtesy of Diego)

Right around the same time as Yoni's departure, the mysterious group of five Thai musicians who couldn't speak to anyone except the Thai girls (myself and Prima), successfully arranged for their flight home, ending their adventure in the West. For Satra (Tu), Arnon (Non), Wutthichai (Ken), Wichai (Dan), and Krengkrai (Mac), this was their first time traveling to a western country (and for some, first time traveling outside of Thailand). They knew about 5 words of English and spoke no Italian. They lived here for 3 months, recorded their music and prepared for the "Winners" project w/ Andrea Molino, learned their way around Treviso, and cooked Thai food out of Italian ingredients. In the end, friendships were made and good fun memories had by all. (photos by Prima)

Two wrestling competitor!!  IMG_1838  Grisha got PINK Thai shirt....pink for Grisha..

Yianni won Grand Prize.... Ayutthaya agenda book in English!!  Titanic?!?  Tu carry Yoni

Arrivederci Everyone! You presence are surely missed around here...

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Josh has left the building

...has left the building is a new feature for blog.Fabrica, dedicated to giving props to those whose time has come to leave Fabrica, forever.

a little background: Fabrica recruits artists and designers from around the world to do work and research in six artistic disciplines. There is no "beginning of school year", people arrive at Fabrica all throughout the year and stay for approximately one year or a bit more, depending on the contract. Because of this, there's always a constant stream of new-comers and old-goers. As we go on our different paths in life, we say good bye to the people we've spent a year eating lunch and ride the bus with and hope that we'll find each other again, some other time.

OK, enough sentimentality! First one on the chopping block is Joshua Hogan an excellent drummer who joined the music department a year ago. He left Treviso on Friday, February 17, 2006, to head back to his home in Perth, Australia.

This is Josh:

Josh composed and produced a CD called "Five Urban Sound Mythologies" for Fabrica Musica CD series before his departure, which you can download here (40 MB).

Hats off to you, Josh, In bocca al lupo!

wish Josh goodluck in the comment section!

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