The workshop consists in a practical demonstration on how I give birth to an artifact, from the choice of raw wood to the finishing. You will see in detail every stage of the production, from the rough-cut to the finishing of the exterior, ending up with an overview of the various available digging tools and an explanation about how to use them.
Then I propose a lunch in a farmhouse kitchen, simple cooking based on local recipes and product, meats and poultry raised in the farm.
TRAVEL INTO HEPHAESTUS' SMITHY
The visit will bring you at the discovery of an extraordinary and singular studio, where the manufacturing philosophy consists in the intimate synergy and in a cultural commitment towards the promotion and rediscovery of copper. That, bring us to build one of the main copper museum in Europe.
The sound of hammers, the productive work, come along a unique museum reality. Undoubtedly, the "master" of the house is the copper, on the one hand the raw material of craftsmanship devoted to the reign of kitchen and furnishings; on the other, silent witness to centuries of history, from ancient auspicious, thunderous banquets, solemn occasions, sumptuous and stunted everyday habits. The family opens the doors of the incredible museum dedicated to the art of Hephaestus. An extraordinary and charming world, unknown to many, but at the same time incredibly familiar.
THE ART OF INTAGLIO CARVING
In my studio, surrounded by old tolls and the fragrances of materials, you can find out how a carved objects comes from a sketch on the wood. I will show you the main step, starting from a short description about the different type of wooded essences, then the tool grinding and the sketch on the wood. You will then try to plane with your own hands and I will finally held a demonstration of intaglio carving. If you already are passionate about those kind of works, you can bring your artifacts with you so that we can have some experimentation with them.
Participants will receive a gadget as a record of the experience.
MEET A LAMP-WORKING MAESTRO
The experience wants to propose a meeting with the person behind the artworks that you can observe in the studio.
The approximate duration of 50 minutes will be a full immersion in the everyday life of the artist.
We will discuss the different types of glass, in a technical way although a lot of easy to understand examples will be provided. You will realize how you get to the finished product, step by step, from the study of the object to the final rendering, with the explanation of the production process, the main difficulties to face in the lamp working activities and, if possible, you will see the creation of an object of high artistic qualities. No specific skill is required as everything will be easily understandable, therefore, the experience is open to all those who are willing to know something about this art, starting from the kids!
VISIT THE OLD WEAVING MILL -WEEK-
Tessitura Veneziana, weaver
The visit includes a tour of the old weaving mill, a practical demonstration of the production of the famous Venetian velvet soprarizzo and the explanation of the various process stages. We will tell you anecdotes and curiosities about the company history and we will show you our collection and the different types of fabrics.
VALTELLINA...IN A BITE!
A full-day experience side by side with the young artisan of wood in the amazing scenario of Valtellina. You will realize a "RJR" chair (the official chair of Expo 2015) made of chestnut and/or oak wood, recovered from vintage wine barrels.
For the lunch break you will taste the real flavor of the traditional Valtellina's food, in a restaurant with a special view, just a walk outside the lab.
The adventure will continue in a local wine cellar where you will learn about the famous Sfürzat, a typical wine of the area.
After that we will get back to the lab to finish our work, so that you can bring your chair home at the end of the day.
HOW I MELT AMBER
Federica, goldsmith workshop
Through this visit I will first tell you about how I got in touch with amber, initially thanks to my countless trip to Kaliningrad (Russia), where there is the bigger amber's mine.
Since traditional jewelry is not my core activity, I will show you how I make use of amber in an unconventional way, from raw amber to the pressed one.
But most of all, I will show you how I've been able to achieve amazing results and unique chromatisms melting amber on a metallic surface through a technique that I invented.
THE WORLD OF PAPER
Giovanna e Bianca, restorers
Come in to our world of paper to discover materials and tools that we utilize to take care and recover precious books. We will unveil the secrets behind book's restoring techniques, paper decoration and artistic bindery. Beside the technical approach, you will understand all the passion we have towards this amazing craft.