Artist & Project Manager, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, UK
Delfina Bottesini is an artist and teacher based in London. She holds an MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and a BA in Visual Communications from Camberwell College of Art.
She practices as a visual artist with a specialization in painting and handmade ceramic tiles. Delfina’s work reflects her particular interest in geometry and the traditional arts of the world. She creates handmade ceramic tiles that tessellate into geometric patterns which draw direct inspiration from the beautiful geometries found within various parts of the Islamic World. Her work includes commissions for interiors for private houses as well as gardens, often allowing her to work in partnership with garden designers and architects. Her painting work is concerned with archetypal images shared by different traditions such as the Tree of Life, which is found within Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism. She enjoys working with images and ideas that cross cultural boundaries and refer the viewer back to the universal language of beauty which is shared and is always accessible to all people.
She currently works as a Project Manager for the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts’ Outreach Program. She has been working for The School since she graduated in 2002. The Outreach Program is rooted in the study of the traditional arts that are taught as a Masters Degree in London and it extends the same knowledge to educational and craft programs around the world. Over the years she has worked on a variety of PSTA projects in locations such as Egypt, Jamaica, China, Abu Dhabi and the UK. These programs work towards unifying education and craftsmanship whilst increasing the participants’ appreciation of beauty, symmetry and harmony as guiding principles for the creation of traditional yet innovative contemporary work.