To help us through these challenging times, illustrator and designer Scott Schembri has created a series of Maltese-inspired art posters depicting usually busy places as deserted during the lockdown.
Called Quarantime, the prints are available to buy online from Torri, an ongoing creative project and shop that Scott runs with his friend Andrea Camilleri. All profits are to go to the Foodbank Lifeline Foundation, Malta's local foodbank.
Torri was founded in 2017 when Andrea and Scott, who hardly knew each other despite attending the same secondary and postsecondary schools, coincidentally joined the same design course. What started as a school project winded up igniting the spark that brought together their love for the Maltese Islands and their passion for art.
"The famous Red Tower, or 'It-Torri L-Aħmar', has a special spot in our hearts. Besides being one of the main landmarks of Malta, this tower takes us back to warm summer days at the nearby beach in Mellieħa or on the way to the Gozo channel," says Scott. "To us, it's a landmark that brings back those nostalgic childhood memories.
"Our brand aims to capture the simplistic beauty of the Maltese Islands, with no frills attached. In the same way that the Red Tower brings back memories of our youth, we've developed a series of Maltese inspired prints and illustrations with the intention of capturing the essence of Malta and the sweet memories that go hand-in-hand with it."