Holey portrait found in Italy

This is how Polish designer Roman Cieslewicz saw Pentagram founder Alan Fletcher. Cieslewicz, who died in January, was having dinner with Fletcher at a restaurant in Bolgna after the pair judged a children’s book fair.

This is how Polish designer Roman Cieslewicz saw Pentagram founder Alan Fletcher.

Cieslewicz, who died in January, was having dinner with Fletcher at a restaurant in Bolgna after the pair judged a children’s book fair.

“We were in this swanky Italian restaurant, and I asked Roman if he’d draw a picture of me on the serviette,” explains Fletcher.

“He asked for some scissors, and the waiter looked a bit surprised but came back with a pair on a silver tray. Roman then cut holes in the serviette and said to me ‘This is you’.”

The mark to the left, apparently, is a scar Fletcher had at the time. Unless he was in the same pose as our photo.

Fletcher has spent 20 years asking “most of the major designers in the world” to draw on serviettes. A selection will be exhibited at the Pentagram Gallery at 11 Needham Road, London W11 from 12 February to 22 March.

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