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birbaluna is Barbara Mazzoleni. Illustrator and graphic designer since 1988, I work as a freelance for advertising agencies and publishing companies, as well holding positions as creative director of product and communication, and supervisor of work team. Since 1991 I plan and conduct courses in Digital Design with use of different graphic software for schools, and I do custom training for publishing and advertising companies. Since 2004 Lecturer of Visual Communication, Digital Illustration for Fashion and Interior Design at "Istituto Marangoni", Milano. Since 2011 Lecturer of Digital Illustration Techniques and Digital Design at "Scuola del Fumetto", Milano. Since 2011 Lecturer of Computer Fashion Graphic at "ISGMD", Lecco. Although known primarily as a specialist and professor of digital design, I have a deep interest for craft-artistic processing of materials and manual handling: I won in 2011 "Tocca a Te!", the first Italian National Competition of tactile illustrated books for blind children, with “Scopriamo le forme con il ditino?” (”Do we discover shapes with little finger?”), award for absolute best book and award for best didactic book, that has represented Italy at the world competition "Typhlo & Tactus" - Prague, November 2011. From this experience I started a divulgation/education activity to creativity and multisensory through experimentation and manipulation of materials, planning and conducting workshops focusing how to design tactile books for children and adults. I am the creator and curator of "PatternPrints Journal" blog, dedicated to decorative surface design, with particular focus on patterns and prints: reviews, trends and inspirations from fashion, interior design & home accessories, paper & textile design; reviews of the most interesting artists, illustrators, craftsmen, famous designer and new emerging talents, books, blogs, online stores, schools and courses, resources and events. © 2017 Barbara Mazzoleni (birbaluna). All rights reserved. No part of the material on this website may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means, electronic, phisical or mechanical, without permission in writing. P. IVA IT01899270167