Throughout his creatively innovative career, Emilio Cavallini has seamlessly weaved fashion and fine art together, two worlds that have in turn benefitted greatly from his contributions. Beginning in 1970 with his founding of Stilnovo, a fashion company that has made a lasting effect on the textile industry, Cavallini unleashed his creative expression with thread, printed fabrics, and textiles through his art as well as through his journey in the fashion world.
Only a few years ago in 2010, Emilio decided to dedicate himself solely to his art.
In February 2011, at the Triennale Expo in Milan, Emilio showed his work to the public for the first time.
Cavallini comments: “At the age of sixty, the time had come to make up lost time (let me be clear: I never waste my time but during the years of the great “tra la la” with fashion, I had limited it, circumscribed it within the sphere of pure family and entrepreneurial duty).”
Cavallini’s artwork is characterized by free experimentation under the influence of op and kinetic art, abstract constructivism, and spatialism. His thread and fabrics are the uniting force of his artistic output. Through his use of unconventional materials (designed and produced by the artist throughout the years) like thread over a mannequin leg and yarn spools, he journeys to discover relationships between chaos/disorder and organization and placement. In his own words, “I was breaking down barriers, going beyond the limits of censorship.” His geometric patterns (squares, circles, rectangles, dots, lines, etc.) accurately present as though put together through precise calculations in a process of experimentation and organized disorder. The combination of brilliant colors, dizzying patterns, and repetitive rhythm almost paradoxically create great unity. With thread and printed fabric stretched over yarn spools in complex arrangements, we are struck not only by intricate designs and shapes but also by the beautiful tension of thread, a subtle force that comes through in all his works. His art is rife with metaphors of weaving, pushing, and pulling- the literal weaving of thread and the conceptual weaving of art and design. His rhythmic push and pull of fabric not only catches but holds the eye.