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Kingston Trinder is in the building

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Here is Kingston Trinder, our very own anthropologist! He joined Colors team nearly 5 months ago, long enough to see most of his conceptions about Fabrica change completely. Have a look at his answers and welcome him as our new blogger.


How did you come to learn about Fabrica?

An avid reader of COLORS since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, amongst the tea cups & fish & chips in darling New Zealand, I first heard of Fabrica through the COLORS website. Or something like that. I think. Its quite romantic that. Isn't it?

What have you been doing before now?
Cycling without a helmet in London. I felt devilishly rebellious as a result. I had some mittens, women's mittens, that folded open to reveal your fingers. There were little flowers made from beads on them. Marvelous. I was reading quite a great deal, & as it was very cold, I had a lovely plaid blanket. I did have a job, & then I didn't. Writing puns all day, for a bizaare company that sold flights in fighter jets, & tours of pottery factories. Things everyone needs really. I seem to recall dancing most Fridays, & you could buy six beers for five pounds from the wee shop on the corner. I lived with some lovely lasses who liked to read their fortunes, & mine, most mornings. Usually over a fine cup of chamomile.

Do you feel like you understand Fabrica by now?
I have fleeting moments of suspended disbelief, when I feel I may have a rudimentary grasp of what exactly Fabrica is, & then I realise its all marmalade. Inconsistent at best, but pleasing in the mornings, over toast & tea. Bitter moments & sweet, & a terrible metaphor or two.

If you were to explain to an old aunt what is it that you do here, what would you say?
Immersion. Talk, thought, I'd tell her I was exploring, engaging, sating my curiosities, & learning to learn anew. Optimistically I'd tell her I like to think I'm exchanging in all senses, with some of the most exceptionally people from around the world.

If you could have known all you know by now about Fabrica, would you have come or would you have made a different decision?
There are things of course which trouble me about Fabrica, like anything in the world, but the overwhelming enthusiasm for knowledge & exploration, of self-discovery, excuse a multitude of deficeits. That, & almost daily weeping with laughter at some of the most hilarious things people quietly mention to me means I wouldn't have missed a moment of these amazing idiosyncracies.

So now, what do you expect to get out of this experience?

Perhaps a friend. One would be nice. I'd like to say I've been under the Tuscan sun. Literally. Stroll arm in arm with a beautiful lass through Venice. Cycle through the spring sunshine & have some truly insightful chats with some intriguing, engaging, perceptive & engaged things from around the world. managed a haircut. From Jackie. & Maia. & myself. I think the most important thing is to acquire some more lay anthropological observations, a little more
empathy, & a greater understanding of the self & the other, that one almost inevitably gains through full immersion in a foreign land.

What will you miss from home?
The Jamaicans. I'll always miss the Jamaicans. I really liked sheltering from the miserable weather. Under a plaid blanket, huddled by the radiator, cup of tea in hand. There's something pleasing about taking refuge with friends, indoors, over crumpets & jam. Oddly, I do sincerely miss fish & chips. I think I miss the night buses. That, & the grime, & the exhilaration of a fierce & thunderous city, & the delicious anonymity that only a gargantuan city can bring. That, & wearing Nepalese socks in the hallway. Its just too accursedly hot here, & Nicolo would never approve.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
When I left my parents' home to seek my fortune, my father said always look after your ankles. They're the only thing between you & the ground, & certain trouble. Wisely observed old bean. Live fast, & die young, I'd say, eyes peeled & ears alive at all times. There's things to be learned all the time. That, & there's always time for a drink & a chat, a time to laugh, which I like, & a time to ponder. Lets swim in the river, & everyone should read The Famous Five as a
child.

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Walter Hutton shall be entering the building

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He bakes, drinks well, speaks proper English and has a sarcastic answer for any question you might have. You won't get more British than Walter, the graphic designer from Bath who has entered the building ages ago, has refused to reply to this interview properly and is now introduced in a lame ichat talk we had one of these days!

waaaaaaaaaalter
hello
could you, in one of those breaks from work we all take every now and again, reply to your interview
you can be monossilabical
can you i chat to me and i will do it
(don't know if this is a word)
so let's do this
we'll ichat now and that's gonna be your interview
is that ok?
monosyllabic is the word
thats fine

monosyllabic. good thanks
what's the other words you taught me? that day at tocai...
cant remember
ok. anyway. how did you end up here?
i heard about fabrica through a friend a few years ago, and became interested in the place, when i was asked to come to Fabrica i didn't have to think i knew i had to come.
really?!
are you serious?
does it matter
what do you mean if it matters?
of course it matters
"i knew I had to come" doesn't sound like you
also i was a speaker at a lecture where Adam And Ollie where also guest speakers . i really liked the work they presented and spoke to them afterwards about fabrica. they were complimentary about my work and suggested that i should apply
ok the truth

i was offered a job so i didn't need to apply it was so easy and i was bored with the job i had been doing for 4 years so i came
12:09
hello?
12:24
sorry. i had to leave my computer. will read it now
12:36
and have you regreted the decision yet?
no, i am enjoying the work and meeting people and living in another country.
you are full of cliches today
it really doesn't sound like you
anyway
what is it that you do here?
im sorry i find i hard to write about myself
what do you like writing about them?
Since arriving here i have had sever acid flashbacks. the general drudgery of life has continued and the only saving grace is the lunches.
are you missing englang already?
(is that ok if I go grab a coffee while you write this answer?)
Cider, Brixton, english radio, rain cold, strong Chedder, proper pubs.
do you want to come down for coffee?
yes ill come for coffe

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Elliott Burford has joined us

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"Ciao Tutti! Hope all is well. Just sending a word of warning, that there is a new trial kid arriving this weekend, and his name is ELLIOTT. Elliott is a talented designer, muso, wordsmith, filmmaker friend of mine from Adelaide! He is like a half-brother to Lars and myself, so please look out for him. Some times he answers to the name of 'Fluffy' but I'll let him explain to you why. Miss you all lots. From Scott." Nearly a year after this first introduction, Elliott Burford has entered the building. And we still have no idea of where the Fluffy thing comes from...

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
During university I picked up a COLORS magazine with an ashtray in the shape of a heart on the cover. It had mad flavour (not 'flava').

What have you been doing before now?
Primarily making guacamole. Otherwise graphic design / art direction for big branding and advertising in Australia and the UK. Yawwwwwwwwwn. So I stayed awake drawing, making images, short films and (terrible) music.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Sex, drugs, money... I mean – a focal point for my creative output. Suggestions welcome.


What will you miss from home?

Cage fighting kangaroos. Familiarity. English.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
A game of twister. Get on it.

Go to Elliott's WEBSITE.

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Alizée Freudenthal has entered the building

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Ladies and gentlemen, here is a girl who has managed to turn a Fabrica bedroom into a real, delicious, cosy bedroom (if any of you ex-fabricanti out there think you had done it before, come back and check what I am talking about). The only French in the building, Alizée Freudenthal - aka as Lili - is a graphic designer desperate for a cup of coffee. Can anyone get her a yellow key, please?!

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
i didnt learn about it, i was just walking around treviso, looking for a good place to have a coffee,
after 10 km, i saw the light, they had coffee... they proposed me to stay... i think they still don't know that i'm not graphic designer....

What have you been doing before now?

i spent 4 beautiful years of studies, love and fun in brussel, my adopted city...

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
a coffee... i'm still waiting...

What will you miss from home?
from paris i miss the good bread, my dentist's massage chair, my family and my friends of course...
from brussel i miss the beer's price, the belgian way to speak..., the welcoming people, my friends, my boyfriend and his family.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
a coffee?

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Anna Grassi is in the building!

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She is gorgeous, she is fierce, she is impassioned and wildy enthusiastic. Plus, I've never seen anyone mingle amongst teenagers as well as she does. I'm sorry for the internal joke, but just two months after entering the building (err... yes, sorry for the timing) and joining the Colors team as an assistant photo editor, the milanese Anna Grassi has already become everyone's favorite type of girl.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
It must have when Colors 47, the issue on Madness, fell into my hands.


What have you been doing before now?

aaa. beautiful things. I got my self stuck in the british country side looking for Mr Darcy at every "against the hunting ban" party. It took me 4 years to realize that my neighbour didn't look anything like Jane Austen and that those chavs thrashing beer cans in my courtyard were keeping my Mr. Darcy and his stallion away. I got my photography degree and flew to France, where between a glass of wine and a piece of cheese, i remembered how tasty the world can be.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I guess learn to do my job at best.

What will you miss from home?
The question is rather what will i miss when i go home.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
first mistake old bean!

Ah, by the way, what is this teenager thing about?
do i need to explain that my teenaghood was in the shadow of insicurity, or that my ormons go wild on teens or simply that i wear sneakers, bite my nails, and get red when a boy looks at me?

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Maia Lee has entered the building

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Meet the lovely, meravigliosa, completely wild and creative creature from Korea, Maia. Amazing things will come from her bag.
How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
There was a Fabrica exhibition held in Seoul in 2005. I hadn’t attended the show, but I found out about it afterwards. I applied 3 years after.

What have you been doing before now?

I majored in painting, so I did a lot of that. For money I was freelancing design and illustration. I was also making an independent art and culture zine (www.chillzine.com) with my two friends back in Seoul.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Special friends, Italian influence, and good projects.

What will you miss from home?
Everything. Especially my two friends, our magazine and my everyday 1hr subway ride to the studio.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?

Maialino means little piggy in Italian.

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Catarina Carreiras has entered the building

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Meet Catarina, one of the elusive hard-working contingent of Portugese designers. If you feel a strange gravitational force that pulls you into her world - don't resist.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Hum.. I remember that since I was around 10 years old, everytime I went with my mother to Benetton I would look amazed through every Colors magazine displayed.
Then a few years later I learned about Tibor Kalman, Toscani, and finally Fabrica. Since then I kept wishing that one day I would have the oportunitty to work here.
And, thanks to the Design Department, here I am.

What have you been doing before now?
I was studying Communication Design in Lisbon, doing some freelance work, and trying to travel around as much as I could.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Lots of "no's", lots of "yessss's", lots of "well done!" and lots of "no way!".
Basically: lots of work.

What will you miss from home?
The sea. And everything and everyone around it.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Yes, nice to meet you all.

FELIZ NATAL e BOM ANO

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Julian Koschwitz has entered the building

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Julian is bringing hip-hop back into my life, and he can make it part of your world too. Ask him about Kanye and Method Man, and he will not fail to fill you in. Oh, and by the way: he's also an amazing interactive designer, too!

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I followed the projects of fabrica for the last years and always had the idea to go there after graduating.

What have you been doing before now?
I was graduating from University in summer 2008 then I did some freelance design jobs and came to fabrica.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I am looking forward to work with people from different areas and backgrounds. And I want to improve my skills in physical computing and developing concepts.

What will you miss from home?
My Girlfriend, Maultaschen and understanding the bus driver.

Visit his website at: www.koschwitz.org

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Lorenzo Fanton has entered the building

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The lovely and talented designer Lorenzo Fanton has entered the building. Find him in a stripy shirt with a hood, and ask him what he had for lunch.


How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Actually I don't remember....Maybe I always knew about F a b r i c a. Oh, no! When I was seventeen, I guess. I saw a conference about graphic communication in Mestre at the cultural center Candiani and there I heard the name F a b r i c a...but in that period I wasn't interested in graphic design and communication so I forgot that episode.

What have you been doing before now?
I spent three years at IUAV, and last year I graduated in Industrial Design, then I worked for a year and now I'm here!

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Have fun! Meet new people from all over the world and share new experiences! Learn english as best I can, using my little notebook (to note new words!!), and expand my knowledge in the other fields!

What will you miss from home?
Maybe nothing, just my piccolina...I come from a small town near Venice so I can get home almost anytime I want.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I want to thank all fabricanti and the other people I met here in recent days and Omar for this incredible oppurtunity, I want to suggest to everybody pass near F a b r i c a to try our MENSA!! It's AMAZING!
ah...and Piero for the photo!

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Tak Cheung had entered the building

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Tak the new amazing designer (and square-dance choreographer) from the USA, entered Fabrica's grey walls many months ago, and since then I've been pestering him (like that little ferral white poodle down Fabrica's driveway) to do this welcome interview. He finally gave in, yay! Welcome again Tak!


How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
It was during class at Parsons. We were having critique and I zoned out during somebody else's turn and then I over heard a side conversation about Fabrica.

What have you been doing before now?
I was working for a product design/ architecture company in Tribeca, NYC. I worked there for 4 years designing products, furniture, interiors, exhibitions, competitions and other fun filled stuff.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I would like to learn how to cook shrimp better. I would also like to learn Italian so I don't get suckered into buying 12 pounds of shrimp. But really, I'm expecting a lot. Let's see what happens.

What will you miss from home?
I called my folks over the weekend and they told me about their Thanksgiving feast, 8 course meal!!! I had pasta in white sauce that night. It's not the same.

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Chiara Andrich has entered the building

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Filmmaker and local girl Chiara Andrich is back in the building, yay! She joins Alessandro and the Video Department.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I'm from Treviso so since I was very young I knew about Fabrica.
I decided to do my experience around the world and now I'm back in Treviso.

What have you been doing before now?
I studied Art, Music, Theatre and Cinema at the University of Padova and I worked in television and as a journalist during my studies. After my graduation I went to Barcelona where I was living and working as a documentary film editor until last july. I did the trial in july and now I'm here as a intern for the next 6 months.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
First, I think that it is a great experience working in Fabrica and meeting people from different cultural contexts and sharing experiences of work and friendship. Second, I'm working now with Alessandro, the video department technician so I will learn many many technical things.

What will you miss from home?
My home is here, but I miss my second home, Barcelona with her light, sounds and smells.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
My passion for cinema and a good glass of wine...

www.myspace.com/chiaraandrich

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Jade Folawiyo has entered the building

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Introducing Jade Folawiyo, the second of the new trio of incredible designers. She comes to us from London.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I was told about Fabrica whilst participating in Sam Barons Design with Nature Workshop at The Vitra Design Workshop in 2007.

What have you been doing before now?
Before coming to Fabrica I had completed my second year of my BA Honours Product Design Degree in Central St Martins in London, and was working on projects with my university lecturer.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?
I am looking forward to learning new skills, enhancing the professionalism of my work, and enjoying Italian life. I am also looking forward to broadening my creative ability.

What will you miss from home?
I will miss my church, my family, my friends and eating traditional Nigerian food - Jollof rice. hmmmmm.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I don't know how to ride a bike - DON"T LAUGH! Any tips that will allow at 21 old adult to learn in the quickest possible way will be much appreciated.

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João has entered the building

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João Henrique Wilbert, from Brazil, via London, has finally entered the building after winning all our hearts on his trial in February. He joins the Interactive Department.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I first heard about FABRICA at the beginning of my bachelor course in Brazil whilst reading the A book "Publicidade é um Cadáver que Nos Sorri"  by Oliviero Toscani in 2001.

What have you been doing before now?
I recently finished a Masters course in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths University in London.Mostly researching, programming and enjoying the british weather.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?
Expand my knowledge, collaborate, work with people from different cultural, ethnic contexts and make good friends.

What will you miss from home?
Churrasco - a brazilian typical barbecue especially made by my father.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Yes, I love wires.

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Hanna Abi-Hanna has entered the building


Freakers' Ball from Hanna on Vimeo.

Since no one ever outgrows cartoons, Fabrica is glad to welcome Hanna, from Lebanon.

How did you come to learn about fabrica?
I saw a presentation about Colors Magazine and Fabrica at "Profile Intermedia 6" in 2003. And then again when they did a presentation at the Academy of Art in San Francisco earlier this year.

What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I completed my masters in traditional animation at the Academy of Art in San Francisco in Dec 07. I was freelancing as an illustrator for a while after that, and then worked at Red Giant Studios as a 2D animator until coming here.

What do you hope to get out of this Experience at Fabrica?
To eat a lot of pasta and learn to curse in Italian!
Developing my animation and working on great projects is ok too. I also have a huge passion for filmmaking and I hope to learn as much as I can from all the great filmmakers in this department...possibly by sucking their brains at night! I hear that's the quickest way.

What will you miss from home?
The food.

Anything elso you'd like to share with us?
I need a bike!

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Gonçalo Campos has entered the building

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Gonçalo begins the mass repopulation of the design department. Introduce yourself if you can find this elusive character.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Through the Fabrica shop in Lisbon

What have you been doing before now?
Studying and small exhibitions

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Experience and a chance to improve my portfolio

What will you miss from home?
Undubed cinema and having internet access in home

Thanks to Gustavo for the photo

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Nicolò Degiorgis has entered the building

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The italian of the new influx. Nicolò joins the photography department from nearby Bolzano (via Hong Kong, Beijing, Paris and Venice). Offer him a warm welcome and a hot coffee (as he doesn't have a yellow-key-o-kaffine yet).

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
The very first person who suggested to apply to Fabrica was Martin Fuchs, photographer and blog editor of Magnum Photos. Later I assisted Martin Parr for a photo shoot and he said I would be a very good fit for Fabrica. I hope he was right....

What have you been doing before Fabrica?
Is also what I often ask myself... I recently completed a bachelor degree in Chinese at the University of Venice, lived in Hong Kong, Beijing and interned at Magnum Photos in Paris. My work experience covers a little bit of everything everywhere: chef-assistant, teacher, cosmetic shop clerk, graphic designer, production assistant, phone interviewer, dish washer, merchandiser, cinema ticket seller...

What do you hope to get out of this experience?
To achieve a good body of work. I hope Fabrica will be "generous" and support my projects in China. Finally, remembering everyones name wouldn't be bad either. Sorry to the people I'm continuing to introduce myself to.

What will you miss from home?
Wood... Although the building looks great.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I'm looking for a bike. No bikes around looking for a nice, friendly, 23 years old, bike confident Italian boy?

www.nicolodegiorgis.com

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Heloisa Sartorato has entered the building

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The wonderful Heloisa Sartorato from Brazil joins us. Say "oi" as you pass through the video dept and enjoy hearing a (real) feminine voice reply.

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
An ex-boyfriend told me about Fabrica. Because I was very young, I thought it would be better to wait to be more mature professionally and personally.

What have you been doing before now?
Before started Fabrica, I finished College. I worked in advertising, TV and radio, and a year lighting for Soap Operas.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I hope to find a professional direction, because with so many interesting things to do in life, it's difficult to choose.

What will you miss from home?
My family, friends and my cat is is difficult. But the most difficult feeling is missing out on seeing my small nieces growing up.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I would love share a good plate of 'brigadeiro' (a Brazilian sweet).

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Geremia Vinattieri: a new noisy Fabricante

Directly from Florence, one of the most important city in the world for Arts, a new guy has just joined the Music department at Fabrica.
His name is Geremia Vinattieri and his "noisy creativity" is something impossible to ignore!


Geremia Vinattieri from andy cameron on Vimeo.


How would you describe yourself?
A guy with a great interest in Art, in all its forms and aspects.

What did you expect from this place?
To find what I've actually found: a place where I can develop my creative identity.

Lets talk about your "Drummpaint" performance. What did you want to communicate?
Basically the idea expressed by the performance is a perfect symbiosis between my two main passions: Music and Graphics.
I've studied at the artistic secondary school, then I attended the Academy of fine Arts, now I make illustrations and I play drums. So I wanted to combine both visual and musical expressions, without letting one being stronger than the other.

What about your dreams?
There are a lot of dreams... our dreams depend on our age, temporary interests, phases....
I'd like to realize them all without betraying who I was once, who I am now, and who I will be...


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Wasif Munem has entered the building

Wasif Munem recently won the F Award (under 25), and has now joined the photography department. He leaves us physically in a few weeks to continue his beautiful stories in his native Dhaka, but will stay with us in spirit. Say hello to him as he gently looks into your eyes and reads your soul.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Basically I had no idea what fabrica was, but I knew about the F Award thing before. I think on the 7th May I got an email from a man called Mauro Bedoni and the email offered me a scholarship. After that we talked and talked and now I am here...

What were you been doing before coming to Fabrica?
I have been working as a professional photographer for the last 5 years. I am represented by Agence VU (www.agencevu.com) in Paris. I am a Documentary photographer. I work on long-term stories. I only work in black and white and in my country.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I want to learn as many things as I can. Basically I want to produce stories that I really believe in, and I hope Fabrica will support me and we will work together.

What will you miss from home?
Love and care from my family and friends.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
No, I think it's a great place, just a bit dry...

Check out his amazing work here

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Víctor Hugo has entered the building

The Visual Communication department is celebrating its latest and certainly needed arrival. From the colourful land of good food and folklore, Víctor Hugo Cabañas is now here to stay. Say hola to him while he thinks about those exquisite chiles en nogada and the incomparable camotes poblanos.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?

A friend of mine Felipe Taborda told me about this scholarship program in Italy called Fabrica. Well I just applied.

What have you been doing before?

I was working in a visual communication studio based in Puebla, Mexico and at the same time I was attending to the University.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Besides meeting people and learn about other country, I want to have new creative challenges, and I think Fabrica has very interesting projects.

What will you miss from home?

Football soccer matches during the weekends.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I just want to say thanks Omar Vulpinari and Monica Faggin for this opportunity. Also thanks Karol for your support and help. And for everybody I promise I am going to practice my English.

Welcome Hugo!

www.abracadabra.com.mx
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Safeeyah entered the buiding, like a month ago

And here is our new third writer. Safeeyah Kharsany, from Johannesburg, South Africa, is here to write stories while she thinks about that heavenly and special piping hot toasted polony.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I received an email from a friend saying the company was looking for writers. At the time I was considering coming to Europe to work so I googled it and applied. To my surprise, I was shortlisted and accepted.

What have you been doing before?
Most recently I was a sub-editor for South Africa's biggest newspaper and tabloid, Daily Sun.
But my passion lies in writing so I have been writing for community newspapers as a freelance journalist as well.
Prior to this, I worked as a reporter for a small business enterprise publication, Gauteng Business, and a community newspaper, City Vision, on a full-time basis.
I also worked for a women's development agency and a relief agency while completing a course in travel writing.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?

Time to indulge in projects I have never even had the opportunity to think about before.
I hope to learn more about myself and my world and, I hope to find a direction to channel my journalistic interests.
I also hope to learn more about multimedia and to experiment with these tools to tell stories.

What will you miss from home?
Lots: The people, the diverse culture, the accent, the South Africanisms, the music, the vociferous political conversation, a piping hot toasted polony special from our family take-away - Akhalwaya's Express, and of course, I'll miss my friends and family.
But, I'm learning to embrace the different and new and I hope to make great meaningful relationships, to indulge in different cultures and to create a home away from home.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I am honoured to have been selected and I look forward to a year full of experience, growth and projects that I can pour my soul into. So, watch this space ;)

Welcome Safeeyah!

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Jen Osborne

Jen Osborne, from Vancouver, has joined the very active photography department a couple of days ago. Please welcome her by saying a gently hi.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
I apprenticed with documentary photographer Roger Lemoyne
and he encouraged me to send my portfolio to Enrico.

What have you been doing before?
I tried living in a bunch of cities, but none of them really worked out.
Havana, Montreal, Vancouver, L.A. and Toronto. Freelance retouching, shooting and assisting mixed in with some mental health work gave me money.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Access to countries that are a lot more expensive to reach from Canada.

What will you miss from home?
All the things I've left behind, particularly living in Vancouver's China Town.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Be gentle with me, please?

www.lightstalkers.org/jennifer_osborne

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Vidhi Shah has entered the buiding

And from Bombay, in exotic India, here comes Vidhi Shah, a new member of the almost gone Creative Writing department. Please say hello to her while she’s reaching for her mobile.

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How did you learn about Fabrica?
Somebody from Fabrica sent out an email saying that they needed new writers. Lots of people hit the forward button, and then it reached me.

What have you been doing before?
Working as a copywriter in an advertising agency, teaching drama on weekends, occasionally drawing a tacky comic strip.

What do you expect to get out of the experience?
A year actually doing the things that I've been thinking about forever. And I expect the cold air to help clear my pimples.

What will you miss from home?
My boyfriend Avinash, the rain, being able to go shopping without a dictionary.

Anything else?
Does anyone have a bike for sale?

Check out her blog here.

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Barbara Soalheiro has entered the building

We are very, very glad to announce the arrival of a brand new team. Barbara Soalheiro, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is part of the quartet that will represent the almost unbelievable resurrection of the Creative Writing Department. Welcome back Barbara, finally...

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
A friend joined Fabrica's video department, in 2003. I came to the website and there was a pop-up saying "We are looking for writers". I thought it was a sign, so I started the long process of translating my work and preparing a portfolio. Finally, in July 2006, I came for my trial. But, back then, they were thinking of closing the writing department. So only now, 20 months after I took my first 1/ bus, I'm back.

What have you been doing before?

I've always worked at magazines. Right before I came, I was editor-in-chief of Capricho, the teenager magazine I used to read when I was 14.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I decided to keep my expectations very low - and let things surprise me. All I really want is to write and write and write. That's what brought me here.

What will you miss from home?
Friday nights at the Gwercman's, my living room window, long nights drinking with friends. But I'm sure I'll also find new windows, new friends and, of course, new long nights of drinking.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Hum, not really. Only that it's really good to be here - finally.

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Jacqueline Steck has entered the building

And we have a new entry. Jacqueline Steck, from USA, just joined Fabrica’s famous Interactive Department. Please give her a double welcome since she will be also part of Fabrica's famous blog team.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?

I first heard about it from one of my teachers at Parsons, Zach Lieberman, but it was only after I got fed up with working at MTV that I decided it was time for a change.

What have you been doing before?
I studied Design and Technology at the Parsons School of Design, and after that I worked for a couple of years as a freelance flash developer at companies like MTV; I also hung out a lot at Eyebeam, an arts organization devoted to technology in Chelsea.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Daily espresso and telekinesis. (I'm serious about the telekinesis.)

What will you miss from home?
I will miss my friends, my cat and in a weird way, Chelsea. I will actually miss gallery hopping.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Does anyone want to have a telekinesis party? Let me know...

Visit Jacqueline website www.jqln.org

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Valerie Gudenus has entered the building

A new fabricante. Graphic designer Valerie Gudenus, from beautiful Austria, has recently joined the visual communications department. Say Prost to her while she enjoys a spritz aperol.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?

I heard about Fabrica when I was 16 and I wanted to go there straight away. When I found out that I was too young I thought that life was quite unfair. Now, 7 years later, I’m happy that I had time to grow up a bit before coming here.

What have you been doing before?

I studied Graphic Design and Advertising in Vienna for 4 1/2 years, but I got more into video and animation in the end.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I want to broaden my horizon in every direction, concerning people, design and video and I want to see how people coming from such diverse cultural and personal backgrounds work together in different kinds of media.

What will you miss from home?
Family and friends, Schnitzel, lactosefree products, Sachertorte, my flat, my books and going to Salzburg to jump into icecold Mondsee on a hot summer day.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I’d like to thank you all for the warm welcome I had here and for all the Spritz we shared and will share.

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Lars Wannop has entered the building

A new entry. Lars Wannop, from Adelaide Hills in Australia, is here to join the Visual Communication department. Say ciao to him while he is determinedly practicing the Italian language.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Well at the beginning of 2007 former Fabricante and graduate of my university came to teach Final year Visual Communications at UniSA. He did a lecture talking about fabrica, how he got in and what he did here.

What have you been doing before?
Came straight out of my Bachelor of Visual Communication and Graphic Design at the University of South Australia. I also stacked supermarket shelves to earn a crust. Classy.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I expect to get lots. Lots of friends. Lots of good times and memories. Lots of sad moments. Lots of happy moments. Lots of travelling to new and exciting places. Lots of strange, disgusting, and exciting experiences. Lots of free mensa food.

What will you miss from home?
I’ll miss not being able to throw shrimps on the barbie anymore.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I’ve had very little experience in the real world. I’m 21 and its my first time living away from home so lots of things are new to me. The other day I spent about 20mins cleaning black mould gunk out of the soap dispenser in my washing machine in my apartment… I didn’t know you had to wash washing machines? Isn’t that a little ironic?

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Pushkar Nagwekar has entered the building

After a very -very- long time, multitasking Pushkar Nagwekar, from India, is finally here to join the interactive department. Say hello to him as he desperately misses roadside spicy indian fast-food.

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How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Word of mouth.....One of my teacher visited Fabrica to conduct a workshop few year back, and also I had a friend who have been here before.

What have you been doing before?
2007 have been a massive change from fashion to Interaction design for me.
I went back to India after my master’s in Milan last year... I was in Auroville (www.auroville.org) - A town belongs to nobody...for sometime. Then shifted to Mumbai to get some cash flowing in my life, but very soon got fed up with busy streets and traffic jams of the city.
I went to my hometown (Baroda, Gujarat) and started working with some artists in my studio called “Ugly duckling”, for a Contemporary indian art exhibition named: HORN PLEASE... (www.kunstmuseumbern.ch) in National Museum of Berne, Switzerland and then travelling to Singapore in ‘08.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
Allora, I wanted to be here...and I m here. never thought of what I can get out of it...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................I have sometime to think seriously about it.

What will you miss from home?
watching bollywood movies in theatres, volley ball, cricket, sitting on galla (cheap roadside TEA bars) for hours, my motorbike, all the roadside spicy indian fast-food, colorful festivals, monsoon.....its a long list.

Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Ok lets talk now...

Visit Pushkar's blog: www.pushkar.wordpress.com

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Kitra Cahana has entered the building

A new fabricante. Kitra Cahana, born in the USA, raised in Sweden and a Canadian national, recently joined the photography department. Say hi to her while she tries to rub up against your ideas.

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What have you been doing before?
I've been in New York City for the past four months interning at the New York Times. Aside from that, my year at Fabrica will be a year away from my academic studies at Mcgill University in Montreal. I'll return to the long hours at the Mcgill library, reading and writing papers for my Philosophy B.A next September.

How did you know about fabrica and how did you come here?
Fabrica and I were introduced mutually at a party last year at the Visa Pour L'image festival in Perpignan. I had a short (read: 2 min) meeting with Enrico Bossan at which time I agreed to come. Et voila.

What do you expect to learn from your time here?
I hope to dip into all the alien languages spoken here at Fabrica. People visualizing and paraphrasing the world in different mediums. I hope to rub up against other’s ideas - and then hopefully design a vocabulary of my own. In my time here I’d also like to master playing meaningfully.

What are you most looking forward to?
Turning into a new kind of creature- one which considers creative creation as a forethought. And of course uncovering a new chapter of adventures.

Anything else you'd like to share with us today?
Dup dor a'az Mubster

Visit Kitra's inspiring website: www.kitracahana.com

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Francesca Wade has entered the building

Francesca Wade, from Tunbridge Wells, has joined the Visual Culture project a while ago. Say hello when you see her walking around with a mug of warm tea.

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How did you come to learn about fabrica?
I honestly can't remember! This place has been on my mind for a while...

What were you doing before coming here?
I finished my degree in Graphic Design at the University of Brighton at the beginning of the summer and for the last three months I've been working with some amazing people at Together Design in London.

What are you looking forward to the most?
Riding my new bike Pippa to and from Fabrica everyday, and in between the two trips, to produce some interesting work with the inspirational bunch that are the Fabricante.

What will you miss from the England?
What will I miss? I already miss tea. People talking about tea. People making tea. Me making tea. Drinking tea. Holding a mug of warm tea. Dunking biscuits in tea. Good job Liz is here.

Any shout outs / last words?
The plan is to do what we do.

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Elizabeth Hingley has entered the building

Our new photographer, Elizabeth Hingley from Birmingham, is here to represent the European force and to make our female minority stronger. Say hello to her followed by your name.

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How did you come to learn about fabrica?
I got a random email from someone at Colors magazine saying that they wanted me to send them my work. I thought it was a joke and sent a rather unfriendly email back. Then the big Enrico called me and explained Fabrica and invited me to visit.

What were you doing before coming here?
I had just graduated from Brighton University doing photography and was plodding round London and organising a few exhibitions

What are you looking forward to the most?
Being with new people from so many different corners of the world, Venice round the corner and traveling.

What will you miss from the England?
Tea!! And the ability to be able to communicate with everyone and not being laughed at when I go to the market to try and buy tomatoes.

Any shout outs / last words?
hmmmm

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Tad Kimball has entered the building

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Today let's also welcome Tad, new to the visual communication department.

How did you come to learn about fabrica?
i first heard of fabrica through a teacher during my last year of school after asking him about what to do after graduating. he told me to talk to another teacher, who had attended fabrica, and i did. it sounded like fun so i decided to give it a try.

What were you doing before coming here?
i was living with my fiancé and our two cats, gardening on our roof, riding my bike late at night, going on day trips and working sometimes.

What are you looking forward to the most?
pizza, traveling, meeting people and not living in new york.

What will you miss from the states?
megan, my friends, cheap mexican food and free wifi

Any shout outs / last words?
thanks.

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Rita Botelho has entered the building

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Let's welcome the newest member of the design department:

How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
When I was beginning my product design course, I met Pedro e Rita, two Portuguese designers who stayed here in Fabrica for two years. They did lots of interesting projects , the kind of experimental projects hard to find in some other design studio. Since then I had the wish to apply to Fabrica after my graduation.

What were you doing before coming here?
Last year I was working on my website and producing and retailing "A Second Chance" collection made of home accessories and jewelery pieces with the underlying concept of giving a second chance to apparently common and industrially produced objects.

What are you looking forward to the most?
I'm here basically to learn. Since I've been working on my own, I want and need to have the experience of being in a group, working with other young amazing designers with common goals and interests.

What will you miss the most?
In fact, Italy is not so different from Portugal and the Italian language is by far, the most beautiful language in the world. I don't miss Portugal but I miss all my family and friends in Portugal…it's just a matter of convincing them to come here for a visit.

What do you think about Treviso?
Calm, relaxed, good food, nice people, beautiful nature around.

Anything else to say?
If you have further questions, talk to me…then I'll have the chance to learn a few more English words.

Check out her site here, and welcome!

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Diego Beyró has entered the building, like a month ago...

Straight from the land of tango and good mate, Diego, the chosen one, arrived right on time with what we need the most; creative good humor. Please say hola to him accompanied with a tuna can.

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What brought you to fabrica?
Andrés Reymondes (fabricante) was traveling in Buenos Aires, interviewing and meeting people. He came to me and saw my work. Then they chose me.

What have you been doing before?
I was working in a publicity agency in Argentina (El Cielo de Agula & Baccetti) as art director. But I wanted to do something more creative and artistry. Also, some friends and I decided to use all the anti tendencies or the “uncool” in the world by creating an online magazine called www.theuncoolhunter.com.
Everybody should see it.

How do you expect your life is going to be now? Anything you're looking forward to or fearing?
I expect a life full of enriching experiences. The cultural variety and the all the labor opportunities are big. I want Fabrica giving me the support and help to become big. The great thing is that we eat quite well in Mensa, which is already a good start.
Fears? A lot. But I will try to turn them into a motor.

Anything else?
No.

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Gustavo Millon has entered the building

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Welcome back to the blog after a much relaxing fun filled summer.
And also welcome to another happy edition of Fabricantes who have recently joined us or will join us soon. Gustavo Millon, a young photographer from Chile started at Fabrica shortly before the summer break. Give him a warm welcome.

What special circumstances brought you to Fabrica?
I won a contest realized by the ten years of Benneton in Chile, in which the principal prize was to be one year in Fabrica. The main theme of the contest was the environment and I did a photographic project about this.

What have you been doing before?
I worked like freelance photographer, collaborated in cultural magazines and with a friend, he is a poet, we made a book, he wrote poetry and took the photos.

What do you expect to learn from your time here?
I expect to learn about the work in Fabrica, my own department photography and of the other departments. And of the different persons in Fabrica, your culture because Fabrica is the little and modern Tower of Babel.

What are you most looking forward to?
Work in a place that has the independence with my own style of photographs, I don't have a specific place now though. May be later show my photographs in a international gallery.

What was your first impression of Fabrica?
Incredible. Because it was my first trip outside of Chile. Italy, Treviso and Fabrica all is amazing.
But Fabrica is the better thing, all the departments are differents but you can use others help to do your personal projects, and projects for Fabrica.

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Becka Citron has entered the building

A classic question: How did you come to know about Fabrica?
I was teaching product design in Japan, and a few of my students were interested in Fabrica. So I looked into it, and applied.

What were you doing before coming here?
I was working on a retail design project for Louis Philippe, which is a men’s clothing company in India. Prior to that, my (five year) work experience (mostly in new York) has a large range; product design, interior design, set design, event design, illustration, professor, brand strategist, taxi driver, and dentistry.

What was your trial period like... nearly a year ago?
No, I get my period every month.


Why such a long wait?
Many reasons: It’s just the way everything worked out. And all for the best.

How do you expect your life is going to be now? Anything you're looking forward to or fearing?
I have a severe allergic reaction to anything tomato based, olive oil, and gelato.

Any shout-outs or anything you'd like to say to the people in internet-land?
I’m OCD, PPD, NPD, dyslexic, have acute agoraphobia, am slightly delusional, with occasional back pains. Sorry, I don’t give advice.

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Piero has entered the building...

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We've seen you around Fabrica before, how come you're back?
I was here to plan some photo trips for the magazine Donna Moderna, now that’s finished and I' m starting my year here.

How did you get here? Did you have to do a trial?
Yes, I' ve been travelling through Italy with Reed "Iiiid" Young to shoot for this magazine, crazy situations.

What did you do before all this?
I finished studying photography in Padova last year, then I started to build my portraits portfolio and worked with some photographers.

What do you expect to get out of this experience?
A good portfolio, meet good people, drink good wine as well.

Anything else to say?
I 'm not able to say "thought" in the right way, so, guys, please can you help me??

check out my website www.pieromartinello.com

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Nicolas Cheng Has Entered the Building...

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Sitting in the Industrial Design department since March 6th.

What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I was studying in the Netherlands at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. After graduating I worked at an industrial design studio for a while.

What do you expect from your time in Fabrica?
I hope I’m going to be working all day long on some projects that I think are interesting and creative.

What are you looking forward to experiencing in Italy?

Culture, food, language, girl...anything!!

What are you going to miss from home?
The atmosphere of my hometown (Hong Kong) I think. And of course my family and friends.

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Mikhael Subotzky has entered the building

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What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was making pictures in South Africa and exhibiting all over the place.

Can you tell us about the special circumstances that brought you to us?
Yah, through winning Fabrica's FFF photo competition for under 25 years old, I have been offered a one year scholarship. So I didn't have the pleasure of a trial.

Where did you shoot those pictures?
I did them in three different jails in South Africa. In 2004 there was a constitutional court case about whether prisoners can vote or not. It was a very important, landmark judgment in a country where most of our current political leaders have been incarcerated in the past. This lead me to a long sustained interest in humen rights, incarceration, justice and crime in South Africa.

What's your first impression of Fabrica?
Beautiful building, beautiful people, too clean.

What do you expect to learn here?
I hope to make better work, to make many big creative arguments, to make friends.

What will you miss from Capetown?
The edge.

Anything else?
Please can you all finish Colors quickly, so I have somebody to have drinks with.

I agree on that. Here is Mikhael's website: www.imagesby.com

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Daniel Streat has entered the building

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Daniel's pattern.

What did you do before coming here?
I was working as a freelance graphic designer both at Barnbrook Design (a studio based in Soho, London) and independently. Prior to that I studied Graphics Arts and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University.

What do you expect from Fabrica?
I hope to meet new people, experience a different culture and to work on interesting projects.

What will you miss most from London?
Eleanor (my girlfriend).

Anything else to say?
Not yet.

Visit Dan's website: www.pigeonstudio.net

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Nam Young has entered the building

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What did you do before coming here?
Working night and day as a graphic designer in Seoul

Is Fabrica how you thought it would be?
Hmmmmm……don't know…I've just arrived…^^

What do you expect from it?
Having chance to understand how people from all around world achieve
their own idea and concept. Experiencing and learning what I've never
experienced and expected.^^ One more thing!!!! I'd love to learn
cooking great italian food!

What will you miss most from South Korea?
Conversation with my friends, driving through Seoul at night and my lovely dogs

Anything else to say?
I want to have Chocolate Gelato right now!!

Visit Nam's website: www.notnamyoung.com

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Fernando Acquarone has entered the building

And we have a new entry. The film maker Fernando Acquarone joined us this week.

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Fernando (on the right) trying to navigate that space shuttle safely through space.

What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
In Rio at Carnival. Before I was studying at the New Film Academy in NY. And before that I was in Rio again, working as a Film Editor.

You grew up in Brazil?
Not exactly, I grew up in Egypt, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Canada. And now I'm grown up.

How come?
Because my dad's a Diplomat we always had to follow a nomadic lifestyle.

What do you think about living in Italy?
Things are much slower here than I'm used to.

What do you expect from your time in Fabrica?
Uuh, I don't know really... To develop skills in post production regarding film and also in Graphic Design.

Anything else to say?
Vote for me.

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Michael Ciancio has entered the building

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What have you been doing before Fabrica?
I was studing in Baltimore at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Then I worked at two different design studios in New York.

What do you expect from your time here?
I want to seriously fill my portfolio and meet many inspiring people. I want to travel down to central Italy to see my family as often as possible. And meet an nice Italian girl, I have to perfect my Italian.

You do speak Italian?
A little bit. My parents migrated from Italy to the States and both still speak Italian to me and my sister, but I always answer back in English.

What was your first impression of Fabrica?
Exactly as expected. I just wish I would have been traveling less before, I was all smelly when I arrived.

Any concerns?
I hope I'll not get home sick, like on trial. I thought it effected my trial performance. But as you see... I'm back.
First, I was not thinking to come back, but now I am glad to be here.

Visit his portfolio: www.mciancio.com

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Lizy Cretney has entered the building

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What did you do before?
I lived in Berlin for a year, freelancing as a flash designer, spent three months backpacking around Europe, and before that I lived in Hiroshima and taught English - just for a change.

What do you do the most?
I like developing flash navigation systems, and animating by code.

Is Fabrica how you thought it would be?
It's more creative than I thought, and less organised. The people are more down to earth than I ever imagined.

What do you expect from it?
I hope to free some of the ideas floating around in my head, and I expect to have a lot of fun.

What will you miss from New Zealand?
Fejoas (a fruit), gingernut biscuits and being the only person on a beach.

See her work at: www.burstloveletters.com/liz/

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ReBlogged by christian etter on Feb 19, 2007 at 03:03 PM | Comments (2)

Priya Khatri has finally entered the building!

Having only 24 students left... it is a great feeling to see a new face in Fabrica's halls. Priya was on trial at the same time as I was. Exactly a year ago. Because Fabrica couldn't sort her visa out in the first place, she was stuck in India for a half year, trying to get her visa. After all this struggle she finally arrived... Give her an extra warm welcome.

priya
Priya trying to enter the building.

What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
Floating for 6 months in the middle of no where. Getting together with family in India after 3 years. Before that, working in New York.

What would you do with 1 Million dollars?
Ask for more.

Your favorite dish?
I don't like doing dishes.

Anything else to say?
Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.

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ReBlogged by christian etter on Jan 16, 2007 at 12:28 PM | Comments (4)

Karol entered the building, like a month ago

Three weeks later, Karol de Rueda, the newest member of the writing department, has given exactly what we've wanted: important answers to important questions.

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?

Freelancing graphic design in México and the USA. Walking around both countries, writing about the mysteries of life and closing another circle in my life.

What was your first impression when you arrived on trial in Fabrica?
Multicultural creativity everywhere, great architecture, free food, free place to stay (the trip overseas was worth it!). The only problem was with the fabricantes, they can be mean people.

What do you expect to learn from your time in Fabrica?
Beside all stereotypical answers (to learn about cultures, to make friends, speak Italian), I want to use a bike as my medium of transportation and to taste the difference between Pinot, Merlot, Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

Anything else to say?
Check benettontalk.com, they have pretty cool stuff there...
And don’t worry trial kids, I will be nice.

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ReBlogged by matt prins on Nov 29, 2006 at 05:45 PM | Comments (4)

Scott Heinrich has entered the building

Our newest entry. Scott Heinrich, our mate from Australia has joined the Visual Communication Department yesterday. Say hi to him when you meet at the coffee machine.

 beam me up scotty

What have you been doing before?
I finished a degree in visual communication last year, and have been working at Detour Design in Adelaide ever since. I also travelled for three months earlier this year.

What was your first impression of Fabrica?
I was overwhelmed by the kindness of the 'Fabrica family', everyone seems to be having a great time living and working together.

What do you expect to learn from your time here?
I really enjoy trying to understand how people think. Given the diversity of the group at Fabrica, I cant wait to learn from the varying thought processes that each person brings to a project.

What are you afraid of?
That I wont be home to watch my favourite football team next year! What am I going to do!? I havent missed a game for a very long time so Im not sure how Im going to cope.

What are looking the most forward to?
Boat parties! ...and pizza (of course).

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ReBlogged by christian etter on Nov 23, 2006 at 02:34 PM | Comments (0)

Brad Hasse has entered the building

Brad Hasse joined the video department and he has a monkey on his shoulder, just like in that song.

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
Freelancing as a cameraman/editor in New York. Staring in awe at how beautiful fall is in that city. Trying (and failing) to learn Italian.

What was your first impression when you arrived on trial in Fabrica?
That the grass outside was unbelievably perfect. When I asked if I could roll around in it, I was promptly told that I'd be deported if I did so. I took a picture instead.

What do you expect from your time in Fabrica?
To "let go," work on some ideas and concepts and projects that I didn't have the time to work on (or just didn't spend the time to work on) at home. To smother the right side of my brain with lots and lots of love.

Anything else to say?
IIIIIII
IOOI
I - I
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ReBlogged by matt prins on Nov 14, 2006 at 05:44 PM | Comments (0)

Diego will enter the building...

The long man with the long name. Spain's very best Diego Hurtado de Mendoza has arrived yesterday in Fabrica's video department. Please say hi to him.

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
Yes, a lot, I barely had any spare time.

What was your first impression when you arrived on trial in Fabrica?
Yes, thank you.

What do you expect from your time in Fabrica?
Yes, yes, ha, ha, ha... of course.

Anything else to say?
Yes, yes, of course.

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ReBlogged by christian etter on Nov 7, 2006 at 06:23 PM | Comments (6)

Patrick Waterhouse will enter the building

They come in droves.

Just three weeks ago Patrick was on trial in the Graphic Design department. He's making his return next week in what must be some sort of record.

patrick at work

What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I've been working for a design agency in London and am finishing up and trying to sort stuff out before leaving for the joys of Treviso!!

What was your first impression when you arrived in Fabrica (on trial)?
Military bunker......meets monastery....meets design studio!! It is quiter and cleaner than I had imagined. But before all of this I was thinking "is it in the mountains??" as i walked up the wrong path...

What do you expect to learn from your time in Fabrica?
I suppose it's all the cliches of the place - working with peoples from all over the world with different perspectives and across different disciplines. Coming from a commercial environment I am also looking
forward to having the chance to develop my own work.

What are you afraid of?
Going on trial was quite a strange/nerve-racking experience but also exciting! And I think you get a lot of the fear out of your system.

What are you most looking forward to?
All of the above and getting fat on pizza, pasta and gelato...

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ReBlogged by christian etter on Oct 20, 2006 at 02:09 PM | Comments (6)

Julia has entered the building

Julia Pleschke, from Austria, arrived last week after a five month wait from her trial period to also start in the Interactive Department. Welcome her by saying, "Hi." Or "Nice shoes."

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I was finishing my diploma thesis in Digital Media about "360 degree cinemas" at my austrian polytechnical university. And now I am really hoping to get it accepted within the next weeks.

What was your first impression when you arrived on trial?
Cool! I managed to arrive here without getting lost! I had an amazing time, especially when I finished my projects in time and was able to join the others taking the thursday off to celebrate Easter, rolled down the hill and got itchy, red skin from the pesticides in the grass.

What do you expect to learn from your time in Fabrica?
Making friendships all over the world (not only to expect a cheap stay at foreign countries in the future :o)), and of course, becoming a java-expert!


What are you afraid of?

That some think, i would have the skills to replace Hansi. Just be honest, there exists nobody who could take his place in any way!

What are you looking the most forward to?
To my first finished and accepted project and to all the interesting conversations with so many different kinds of nice fabricanti.

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ReBlogged by matt prins on Oct 17, 2006 at 09:31 AM | Comments (4)

Nobu Has Entered The Building

Nobuhisa (Nobu) Ishizuka, from Japan, has arrived this week after an eight month wait from his trial period to start in the Interactive Department. Welcome him by saying, "Hi." Or "Hello."

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What were you doing before coming to Fabrica?
I was taking my masters course in Japan. The college's name is IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences), where I made an interactive installation in a studio called "time based media".

What was your first impression when you arrived on
trial?

I was a bit stressed because I had to finish my work before the end of trial but here we had a lot of parties and we couldn't miss the last bus at 8 p.m. We had nothing but to enjoy drinking at night even though we were on trial. I really liked the balance between working and drinking.

What do you expect to learn from your time in Fabrica?
Something I can't expect now.

What are you afraid of?
Being away from my country, friends, culture, food.... But everything is what I was looking forward to.

What are you looking the most forward to?
As I answered in the last question, what I am afraid of is what I am looking forward to. In this situation different from the one I used to be in, something different will be born.

Visit (or don't) his site here.

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ReBlogged by matt prins on Oct 16, 2006 at 03:08 PM | Comments (0)