Lucia Francis, the creator behind Uccellino Designs, has been making art since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush. She grew up on a farm and vineyard in the northern Italian countryside, where no materials were off-limits to fuel her need to create. Early projects included cutting up her father’s prized handwoven hemp pants to sew patchwork designs, curating whole village still life's made from raw materials she collected in nature, teaching herself how to draw, paint, crochet and even learning photography later on.
It is safe to say Lucia’s creative trajectory has been a full and varied one further fostered by her exposure to Waldorf education. Being taken to Italian museums as a child is something she cites as one of her defining influences. These made a major impression on her artistic eye, particularly the fine Renaissance art of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, as did the more recent works of renowned fiber artists such as Sheila Hicks.
Lucia found her way to fiber art after the birth of her third child, following in the footsteps of her maternal grandmother who was a master weaver and an early member of the Boulder Weavers Guild. Working with natural materials and fibers is a meditative and grounding thread in her busy life as a mother to 3 children. When it comes to aesthetic values in her work today, Lucia pulls inspiration from the trifecta of places she has lived: the ancient, medieval Italian countryside, the arid high peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and the lush vibrant landscape of her second home, a small Caribbean island off the coast of Panama. These three divergent landscapes combine to define her sense of color, shape and form.
When possible, Lucia uses yarns acquired locally from small fiber animal farms, as well as vintage and upcycled fibers. Finding driftwood for the dowels she uses in her wall hangings is a joyful part of the process for her. Though the artist has an affinity for bright colors and vibrant patterns, she has also created understated collections featuring soft whites and neutrals with minimal pops of pigment that reflect the delicate landscape of winter in the high plains country of her Colorado home. In all her work she wishes to showcase the variety of styles and techniques utilized to generate fiber art into more contemporary pieces with a deep respect and appreciation of the natural world around her.