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Making Wilden: The natural creations of Paola Barzanò

Wilden.herbals meets producers and artisans close to the philosophy of the wild and today takes you to Paola Barzanò, architect, artist and master of natural colors.

Restarting from simple things, revolutionizing the way we live. Behind every little cultural action, it lies a true passion. It’s the respect for nature that moves our projects and those makers close to Wilden.herbals’ vision. The fil rouge binding them is the desire to see the world with new eyes. That’s one of their stories.

Paola Barzanò – chatting with Paola is like opening a Pandora’s box filled with mirabilia.
Architect, artist, fabric and textile experts, Paola has welcomed us in her house-lab to take us on a journey to discover her natural dyes. This is an artist’s tale.

Paola Barzanò’s search for natural colors

What is your background?

I have a degree in Architecture and I am specialized in Bioarchitecture.

When and why did you decide to take a new path?

After my degree I worked for some years at the University for some years, I was coordinator of the training course in Bioarchitecture. That’s when I became passionate about natural building materials. The shift to natural textile materials felt to me like a normal consequence.

Paola’s work tools: natural colors and the screen printing frame made for Wilden

Textile and handmade accessories: how did you find your passion?

After a phase of research on natural building and textile materials, I focused on an inevitable step: experimenting natural dyes from plants. It was a natural conclusion.

What inspires your creations?

Everytime I’m about to conceive a product or a creation, I start from observation. Observation and research allow me to speak a language that comes from nature, its colors, its essential and welcoming shapes. Architecture led me to prefer simplicity, functionality and attention to details. Being essential is for me a plus, above all for a new ecology of body and mind.

The pieces just dyed in yellow, madder red and indigo hung out to dry