BALLS TO THE WALL is ultimately about choice. The choice to be awake. The choice to maintain integrity and be strong in the face of deepening adversity. The choice to know where and how your money is being spent. The choice to support those less fortunate, the choice to celebrate our differences, the choice to know that we ALL- balls and all- come from a woman. This is not so much about a male body part, but about acknowledging the cycle of all things and the inner strength and courage we ALL must have these days. We live our lives knowing that a rising tide lifts all boats. We choose to help the tides rise. We choose no walls of division between us no matter who we are or where we came from- rich, poor, black, white, brown, male, female, gay straight or trans. We choose to wear our balls in honor of this. Onward together because ultimately we are stronger together.
People, Planet, Profit is the baseline for developing this endeavor. To that end, we try to hold true to this and still keep the integrity of the art.
BALLS TO THE WALL is a concept jewelry idea developed by this married duo, Mansini and Forlano. The two are affectionately referred to among friends as The Forsinis. They are never shy to voice their political positions on justice, equality and civil rights of all people. BALLS TO THE WALL is a natural extension of their creative passions.
Debrianna Mansini is an actress and political activist. Some of her appearances on TV include, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and Longmire. She has been in films with Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water and Crazy Heart. She is an avid participant in raising consciousness around women's equality and justice and has a deep understanding of civics in American Democracy. Currently, she is touring her one woman show called The Meatball Chronicles. Follow Debrianna on twitter @DMansini
David Forlano is well known in the contemporary art jewelry field as half of the collaborative duo FordForlano. He established his creative partnership with Steve Ford soon after graduating with a BA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome. Their esteemed partnership has earned them 28 years of awards and a place in the permanent collection of a dozen art museums. Among them are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, LACMA, the Museum of Art and Design NYC and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.