This Artist Is Bringing Sicilian Way of life to Lengthy Island


Gabriella Picone at her studio on the north fork of lengthy island. 

Joe Kramm

Idda means ‘her’ in Sicilian dialect,” says artist and designer Gabriella Picone. 

It’s a phrase she heard typically rising up between New York Metropolis and Lipari, the Aeolian island off the coast of Sicily. Now it’s the identify of her new studio, which she launched final yr whereas hunkering down in one other seaside locale, the North Fork of Lengthy Island. What began with work, one-of-a-kind ceramics, and kooky, limited-edition pareos (the sarong-like skirts worn by Sicilian ladies in scorching summer season months) is now increasing to incorporate Italian-made dwelling staples. 

Bedda cotton tablecloth. 

Joe Kramm

Venere silk pillow.

Joe Kramm

A brand new pillow is embellished with feminine figures, whereas a tablecloth depicts a dreamy backyard of Eden. All draw inspiration from the Sicilian way of life, particularly its artwork of eating, which she has explored in the course of the pandemic, moving into cooking for the primary time. “Each meal is so thought of—your complete household sits down, you speak, you inform tales,” displays Picone, who studied portray at Rhode Island College of Design and labored for 4 years as director of communications on the Manhattan design gallery R & Firm. “I needed my work to handle this ritual of coming collectively.” 

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