ALUMNA, ILLUSTRATOR, TEACHER: MEET FORTUNA TODISCO
The IED Milano former student is today a renowned illustrator. In this interview she talks about her career and her works
YOU & IED: your name, the IED School you attended, the year, and the Course you graduated in.
I am Fortuna Todisco and I graduated at IED Milano in 2006.
YOU NOW: your job description, where you work, projects you are working on.
I am an advertising illustrator and an art director. At the moment I work in Milan on different projects, including illustrations for the British Airways magazine and the cover of a novel.
CREATIVITY: IED means creativity, culture, projects and planning. Let us know how both these aspects led you to choose IED and how they helped or influenced your career.
I moved to Milan in 2003 to attend the Fashion Design course at the IED. Choosing a study course coincided with a radical change in my life, including a different city which I never left. A few years later I started teaching at IED, confirming how important this school was to me, and how important I think it is to pass on your skills to the young talents of tomorrow.
L'amore ha i tempi del colera project
IED LOCATIONS: all our schools are found in some of the most creative and vibrant cities around the globe. Let us know why you choose Milan to and what role it played in your student and future life.
I chose this city as a world Fashion center and because many of the professors were not only teachers, but also recognised and respected professionals in the fashion world.
Illustration for Clara Garcovich Agency (2017)
CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES: how have the challenging times we’re living affected your professional life?
Hard to say. To be practical, I have always worked from home most of the time, so on a logistical level it hasn't changed my life that much, but on an emotional level, yes. I believe that working in the creative field also involves constant exchanges with the outside world. The influences coming from the world around us, the inspirations that come from the arts world, from music, or simply from the exchange of ideas, are fundamental and vital, otherwise everything is reduced to purely technical reproduction and pressing work rhythms. From which we never regenerate. And the work itself suffers from this.
ADVICE: your recommendations to future graduates for a bright and creative future in your field.
Don’t do research on Instagram only.
Illustration for an interview on Panorama magazine (2014)
MORE ABOUT YOU: let us have links to web pages where students can discover more about you and your work.
You can follow me on my website: www.fortunatodisco.it
And also on my Instagram: @fortunatodisco
Cover illustration for Il Sole 24 Ore (2019)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: What was the activity that you found most valuable to your personal growth? Also, can you tell us about your thesis project?
A few years ago, in 2014, together with Arci L’Impegno, a small club, we embarked on an adventure called Paw Chew Go Festival. In Milan, there was no official place where illustrators clients and the public could meet. So we thought it was necessary to create one. What was initially an event between friends, made up of a few illustrators and a few visitors, has turned into a real Festival held annually in BASE Milano, with thousands of people participating. We have exhibitions, organise workshops, present books and host a large exhibition-market of around 100 illustrators. In the last edition we also set up a large cinema space with multifaceted programming. We hope to be back to doing so very soon.
Illustrarion for Musica Distesa event (2018)