At the London Art Fair last week; fashion designer Nicole Farhi, art historian Robin Spencer and ceramic designer David Queensbury spoke about their mutual mentor, colleague and friend Eduardo Paolizzi.
Nicole Farhi shared a story of her time at the Royal College of Art Foundry and her experience as a sculptor. She was trying to cast her first bronze, and noticed a man who was surrounded by students, and it was him. He looked at her piece and asked her what the name was, she responded that it was called ‘Orgasm’. Paolizzi laughed and said that he wanted to see more, and in turn showed her his studio. He then became her mentor and frequently double checked her work, often saying, “nobody should say it’s bad if it’s what you want to do”. Farhi remarked that Paolizzi wanted to be involved in all things, from helping with buttons for collections, working on fashion prints or by simply giving suggestions.
Reported by Giselle La Pompe-Moore. Image Courtesy of Lund Humphries.