Francis' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

FRANCIS BITONTI

Haute Couture Designer
Francis Bitonti Studio

“People tell you art and math have nothing to do with each other. But I had this experience where someone showed me math like an artist, and I think I unconsciously devoted my career to closing that gap.”

INTERESTS:

Art Design

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Opportunity Passion Inspiration Hard Work Societal Pressures Experience Success Fulfillment

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

achievement, anxiety, art, changing your major, communication, computer programing, computers, engineering, marine biology, math, motivation, normal, passion, path, pattern, poetry, role models, self motivation, students, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says his path was "not linear at all"; he wanted to be a writer, he wanted to be a marine biologist, he majored in communications, then engineering, etc.
  • For a while, he felt like loving everything was actually going to be a setback when he was searching for a career.
  • He'd never particularly liked math until he took a calculus class that was taught through computer-generated imagery and fell in love.
  • Once he was shown "math as an art," he realized that there was beauty in the patterns of code and math that he could appreciate.
  • He started his first studio out of his apartment, sleeping next to his 3D printers.
  • The field of 3D printing is rapidly evolving in front of him, and he's excited to stay right on the cusp of its development.
  • Among the interesting things his studio has produced is one of the first 3D-printed couture gowns, designed for Dita von Teese.
  • Says "if your life is going to be something really amazing, it will have nothing to do with anyone's life that came before you."

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