Paola, 15 years old: “Dad, I want to do your job“.
Dad: “If you haven’t changed your mind in five years’ time, we’ll talk about it again“.
At least ten years have now passed, and the objective still hasn’t changed…
Paola Fagnola, following in her father’s footsteps, began her education in the field of fine binding and restoration in 2001.
After obtaining her high school diploma, she intensified her training in this particular sector by attending specialisation courses both in Italy and abroad, as well as constantly participating in national and international work placements, conferences and seminars. She supplemented her training further by attending courses in calligraphy and the manufacture and decoration of paper.
As a student she attended the degree course in Cultural Archive and Book Heritageat the University of Turin, and, as an observer, courses inherent to the world of books.
She has participated in international fine and design binding reviews and contests and collective exhibitions in Italy, France, England and the United States, earning awards and acknowledgements from around the world, and she has also pursued personal projects linked to bookbinding and other book-related arts, with the collaboration of the staff of the Bottega Fagnola, craftsmen of various book-related disciplines, publishers and emerging artists.
She works alongside her father, Luciano Fagnola, teaching in workshops and seminars investigating traditional techniques, concentrating in particular on papermaking and paper decoration.
She is currently attending the School of Higher Education for Restorers of Archive and Book Heritage at the ICRCPAL (Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario) in Rome, and she continues to further her research into the themes of art bookbinding and other book-related arts.