We've just released the the Tratti Series of prints over the summer in multiple sizes and welcome our patrons to review the lineup.
The motivation behind each of the Tratti (Italian for "dash" or "strokes") Series was different. For the Tratti Nero line with black strokes on white, it was a mixture of childhood memories as well as objects or actions that involve circular form or motion ("Unicycle", "Glassblower", etc) - strokes that were intended to add to the gravity of the topic.
With Tratti Bianco, it was decidedly lighter fare (maybe even a little cheeky) derived from my unending obsession with language, etymology, puns and double-entendres, and translating intended meaning into clear communication.
What both series also use to varying extents is the simple power of black. Every room needs a dash of black, and the effect it has depends on both the size of the black addition, and the rest of the color theme. If you are looking to maintain a lighter, more airy feel to your room with white & softer colors (or even pastels), then the Tratti Nero series will give a sharp slash of black especially when applying larger statement pieces (54" x 54" or above). This amount doesn't overwhelm the vision but instead remains the dark cut on the edge of the periphery.
If your room is swathed in mid-tones or darker shades? Mahogany and other fine woods? Heavy drapes and fabrics? In a room perhaps intended for fine evening discourse or dining? In such instances, the Tratti Bianco series brings a larger, more prominent injection of black that commands attention; it refuses to go unnoticed.
And yet once it has your attention, black reminds you that it represents intrigue, quiet strength, and mystery. It will give you less than what it pulls from you.