Hi Aldo and Dario. Thanks for chatting with us! How are you both?
Could you tell us a bit about your creative practice?
Both Aldo and I studied at LCC where we met. We had many friends in common but we never really worked together during the MA. After graduating, we both worked with our own clients and for other studios in London, then in 2017 Aldo called and asked me to help him on a new project he was working on. Funnily enough, we lost that client but we enjoyed working together. A few new projects and opportunities came along so we decided to set up Studio FAX.
How has COVID-19, or 2020 in general, impacted your creativity and mental wellbeing?
I think we have been very lucky compared to a lot of other creative businesses that struggled a lot, we were able to work fairly consistently through the first and second lockdown. However, we are both very fed up with the situation. We miss hanging out with friends and colleagues, going to galleries and museums, and going to a concert! Our creative energy is basically over now… Like everyone else, we need to recharge our batteries with new inputs that can only come from sharing ideas with others.
What have you changed in your life lately to make it more enjoyable?
We have just renovated the studio :D
As an industry, how do you think we can better support creatives and their mental health? How do we bring about Collective Hope?
In these alienating situations, people from our industry could benefit from having a platform to discuss their work, test their ideas, exchange opinions and support one another. What is lacking at the moment is the spontaneity of interaction and conversation among peers – that is often key to more compelling outcomes.
Lastly, what has working on this project meant to you?
It was a fun little project to work on and get away a bit from our daily tasks!