My aspiration is to weave memories and emotions into textile arts. I draw inspiration from houses, architectonics, places and surfaces worn by time. I'm fascinated by the beauty of the aging process and its role in nature, an element of cancellation but also an element of creation. The weaving process is for me an inner relationship with my memories of infancy and my envision of arts. An intimate connection between my soul and my old hand loom. A living object, animated by the unremitting movements of gears, heddles and shutles. The hands conduct the rhythmic sound of weaving and its creaky whispers accompany the waiting for the end product. A piece of fabric that becomes humanized by the feelings and emotions. Sometimes imperfect, because generated by the conflict between planning and intuition. A wave of yarns made of choices and unforeseen events than eventually become memories of a journey.
Beatrice Cossutti was born in Pordenone, a small town in the countryside of north-eastern Italy, where artisanal workers still survive in the face of competition from industrial globalisation. Her passion for textile making was instilled in her by her grandmother, a peasant woman who worked for the local cotton mill. She was her first teacher and all her artworks are made with the same hand loom she used in the workshop. At the age of 19, she moved to Milan where she graduated from the N.A.B.A. with a degree in Fashion Design and Textiles, and began her journey in the fashion industry. Over the years, she collaborates with a number of emerging brands involved in ethical and sustainable fashion design, but spends most of her professional career working as a researcher and junior textile developer for Loro Piana. Since 2018, she has been developing her personal vision, using textiles as the narrative medium for a demanding artistic creation while ensuring that she applies her knowledge of handwoven fabrics and dialogues with the heritage of her territory.