Increasingly, drawn to the confetti that covers the streets of Venice during festival time, Bethan felt that there was a relationship between the delicate, inter-cut nature of traditional lace making and the fragility of confetti. Bethan wanted to explore the idea of transforming something that is so fleeting into something more permanent.
The ephemeral nature of confetti may also be considered as a comment on the future of the traditional craft techniques of Venice, and the impact that tourism has had on the area. Venice is awash with cheap imports from China, misleadingly sold as “original”, handcrafted items made in Venice; there is a real danger that what should be kept precious, and nurtured for future generations, is being replaced by cheap, “throw-away” imitations.
Confetti is made in collaboration with Lucia Costantini
For further projects from Venice 2132, a residency with Fondazione Claudio Buziol, please go to Entwined, Sweetmeat, Teeth, Seamless, Venice 2132 - exhibition, Fondazione Claudio Buziol - residency.