INSIDE THE LUTHIER LAB
Eugenio Lorenzo, luthier
People that come to visit me in my world find measurements, cuts and sounds. I like to explain my job and tell people why I do it. By spending a couple of hours with me, you'll be able to discover how a guitar is crafted starting from a piece of wood, in a journey through many sensorial experiences: different wood smells, weights, colours or textures. Being a job that's strongly connected to this land, you will see how a joiner's shop works, and during your visit, you will have a chance to see a musician try a brand new instrument, learn how wood is bent or how the guitar neck is sculpted. My job is not made out of secrets, but instead its main ingredient is experienced dexterity. Discover it by yourself!
VIBO VALENTIA, Vv
CARVE THE WHITE CHALKY STONE
I propose a full day hands-on workshop (eight hours; eg. 09:00 to 17:00 hours) in which you can visit the laboratory and the sculptures exhibition, watch me while I'm working with mallet and chisels, and try realize a small manufact under my guidnce. I will provide everything you need to work and the apprentices-visitorswill take away what they have achieved. A little eating time is scheduled, so that you can taste the flavors of Salento in my amazing garden.
SOGLIANO CAVOUR, Le
FACCIAMO IL PAIO SHOES & DRINK
Olivia, shoe maker and designer
Tre serate esclusive all'insegna del romanticismo in cui potrete gustare un aperitivo in laboratorio a lume di candela mentre progettate le vostre scarpe di coppia.
Possiamo incidere insieme i vostri nomi come all’interno delle fedi o progettare qualsiasi altra personalizzazione che racconti qualcosa di voi!
...un modo diverso per festeggiare non solo San Valentino, ma anche tutto il cammino che si fa a due.
Le scarpe saranno poi realizzate da me e spedite direttamente a casa vostra!
STUCCO WILL BRING YOU LUCK!
PATRIZIA, artisan of gypsum
Are you ready for a journey among beauty? I'm going to take you in the fascinating world of stucco, a history as ancient as man. Imprints in mud can be considered as primordial molds.
It all begins from the gypsum's dust that capable hands transform into artworks. With this you will prepare the mixture to be poured into molds that are made in the atelier. All the creative-productive process, in fact, is the result of research, experience and know-how accumulated over many years.
Now have fun: wear Renaissance fashion aprons, use brushes, colors, soils, glues, shine with brass, silver, and gold leaves, paint with ancient lacquers, rub the beeswax, sign your work to make it unique!
Believe it or not, it's suggestive and fascinating to create an object that brings good luck and wellness within our homes.
During this workshop I will initially present to you my activity. After an introduction to the ancient art of stucco, we will go through the preparation of the dough base. Once we have done this, we will proceed with the pouring in the horn of plenty and pomegranates' molds. We'll then get ready for the leaf gilding. At this point we'll move to the leaf lightening of the relieves, before passing to the pictorial decoration and to the brush writing.
Once we are done with these stages, we'll be ready for the painting, the coating and the final lacquering.
At the end of the workshop I'll provide you with the object that you created, the booklet, the Diploma of Participation and the “weirdo license” of Gubbio. This envisages a really particular procedure to be carried out, exactly in front of my atelier!
DISCOVER THE WORLD OF LEATHER
Stefano, leather craftsman
The experience will last a whole day and will take place in the woods of the Tuscan hills. Here you can immerse yourself in my world, starting with a visit to the laboratory and continuing with the realization of a simple object of your choice, such as a belt. We will talk about all the stages od production, from dyeing to cutting, from hand-stitching to finishing wax. You will be my guest for lunch, so that you will see that leather is not my only passion! If time and weather will allow that, you can complete the day with a nice walk enjoying a breathtaking view.
CREATE YOUR RAKU JEWELRY
The participants will learn to create in full autonomy small shapes of clay or gres, that after the drying time will be baked and sent by post (free in Italy). We will also have some pearls in various shapes for you to decorate that will be put in the oven right away and processed with the Raku pottery procedure, these you will be allowed to take home at the end of the day and will be ready to be made in to necklaces, earrings, broaches or anything you want. The Raku technique origins in Japan and it allows the glaze to dry in a shorter amount of time, creating a very particular pattern and iridescent colors. The pieces you create will be of great impact and most of all.....completely unique! The seminary starts at 10:00 and finishes at 18:00 and breaks briefly for lunch (which is included).
SCULPTURE AND THE WHITE LECCE CHALKY STONE
I propose you a 3 hours long meeting consisting in a lab visit, a display of my creations, an introductory lesson to comprehend the typical Baroque from Lecce and to get familiar with the material (Lecce chalky stone), and a demonstration of baroque sculpture. You will then have a breakfast in my garden, so that you can taste the authentic Pasticciotti from Galatina, an amazing and unique pastry!
SOGLIANO CAVOUR, Le
YOUR WOODEN INLAYED FLOWER
During this 4-hour workshop I will show you the various wooden inlay techniques: fretwork, "buio", "toppo", the perspective inlay and the boulle technique.
In particular, the fretwork technique will be studied in depth with demonstrations of the various processing phases, up to the final polishing.
Afterwards, we'll try an easy workshop, where you'll learn the use of the fretworked arch, and I'll show you how to create three small inlays with floral motifs which will also be sandblasted.
Three wooden flowers made by your hands, that you'll bring home as a perfect souvenir of this experience and that can be used as a bookmark.