"Art is alchemical magic. It allows us to transform a thought, a desire, into reality. Thinking how to make a work and see it materialize is simply magical."
Antonia Comparetto was born in Alia, in the province of Palermo, on November 13, 1969. She grew up in the “putia” (Sicilian for workshop) of her mother, a merchant and wool craftsman, always in contact with embroiderers and women who created garments for personal needs and for the family, since she was a child her games were crochet hooks, knitting needles, looms, needle and thread. In 1989, immediately after graduation, she began to get passionate about embroidery. In particular, she was fascinated by the “Sfilato Siciliano” (Sicilian drawn – thread work )and from that moment she never stopped and, with a lot of patience and passion, she tried to make this art survive, taking up designs and techniques handed down from mother to daughter.
“My creations can only reflect the history of Sicily. Each design even stylized, recalls the legacy of each passage of the peoples who have passed through our land. Each of them has left something typical something beautiful. Enhance the beauty and re-propose it to future generations is necessary, especially through art and craftsmanship”
The opinion of the Governance
The Sicilian drawn – thread work has always been the prince of the Sicilian brides’ trousseaux. Precision in counting the threads to be drawn. The delicacy of embroidery. The harmony of the designs. The patience and mastery to carry out a work of great precision. Antonia, in this beautiful artwork, collects all the beauty of works that re-valuate and make Sicilian craftsmanship proud.
Betty Scaglione Cimò, Madrina of the African sea