First came the Greeks with their sublime ideals, followed by the realities of Rome. Then the Norman's - who gave England Westminster Abbey - built Sicily's wondrous cathedrals of Cefalu, Palermo and Monreale the last of which inspired my Volo d'Angelo design.
Steeped in history and a wealth of creativity, I was almost hooked. Yet it was a challenge given to me, in a small package, typed neatly and succinctly that made Sicily finally irresistible: 'could I too be a craftsman like Daedalus?'
The first time I went to Sicily was in january, the town of Palermo was quiet, the sea was angry with white waves and the sky was dotted with hailstones. Not the Sicily I imagined, and yet I met amazing people, feasted on the most incredible art especially in the chapels decorated by Serpotta, admired the festoons of fruit at Quattro Canti that became delicious earrings. I watched the sunshine dance on the glazed Pigne on the balconies of Palazzo de Napoli nearby and sat and watched the world go by in the cafes with a warming cup of coffee.
As I researched the collection, I must have traveled to Sicily almost a dozen times. The sunshine warmed the terracotta on the buildings, cast long shadows across the piazzas and everywhere delicious citrus fruits tumbled from overfilled baskets inspiring my Agrumi designs.