Over the centuries Florence has been an inspiration for authors and poets of all kinds, from all parts of the world and its no different today. CPiF has some very talented members who will help you get through these long days at home during our lockdown.

There is everything from historic novels set in Italy to autobiographies and love stories. We’ve also included some great storytelling blogs and even a bit of poetry.

Some of the reading is, of course, available online but for those that are not, The Paperback Exchange will be doing home deliveries to keep us all well-read.  You can find all the details about how that works at the bottom of this post.

If you like mystery, intrigue, and history, you will love reading C. De Melo’s books. I had the opportunity to read Sabina many years ago before it was officially published and I was hooked from the very first page. I was so happy to hear when it reached #1 on amazon’s Renaissance fiction category.

C. De Melo is an art historian from the US who has been living in Florence for the past 13 years. She has 13 published books, four of which are set in Italy and can be found at the Uffizi Gallery book store (when it re-opens of course) or for delivery from The Paperback Exchange. You can also see a full list of her works on her website

Lee Foust is a long time resident of Florence, originally from San Francisco California, his books combine, politics, love, and travel. They are everything you would expect from a curious author examining the world around him. For those who relish in bohemian and beatnik literature and savor works that explore, ponder, and, investigate Lee’s works will not disappoint.

Sojourner is a collection of poetry and short stories gathered around the theme of place. Poison and Antidote collects 9 interrelated tales of the San Francisco art and music underground of the 1980s. And Inbetween is a novel set in Florence, San Francisco, Paris, and Rome.

Lee also teaches literature and writing to a lucky bunch of American study abroad students in Florence.

You can order Lee’s books from your local independent bookstore, from the author himself, or directly from The Paperback Exchange.
Lisa Clifford is a Florence based writer, with three books to date on Italy and Tuscany. She is an honest woman, Lisa, as she describes in her best selling, emotional memoir, The Promise, what it’s like to carry on a geographically impossible romance between Sydney and Florence for eighteen years. Lisa’s recreation of her family’s 1917 murder within the poor, Tuscan farmer’s community in Death in the Mountains won her the Victorian Premier’s Award. Naples, A Way of Love snared the Australian Best Illustrated Book of the Year. If honest tales of life in Italy is what you love reading, then Lisa Clifford is your author.

All of her books are available through The Paperback Exchange, and she is 15,000 words away from finishing her next book which, is set to be published in 2021.

Lisa also co-runs The Art of Writing, a writers retreat in Tuscany with Matthew Ferrara and Jane Corry. The retreat is an opportunity to write, think, share and reconnect with your writing muse.’
Farah Liz Pallaro’s book Fashion, Business, Spirituality, A Call tot he Light Workers of the Fashion Industry is a book that offers a new perspective on the changing fashion industry and challenges conventional ways of how we navigate and the business as designers.

“This book speaks to the fashion industry, but this book is not about collections, trends, or seasons. The message of this book centers around the human aspect of the industry, the awareness of the self, and the spirituality and self-development that comes with it.

This book is about you, the designer and fashion worker in the midst of the fashion world—your passions, struggles, dreams, decisions, and actions. When you can design and work from a place of feeling centered within yourself, you will be a light to everyone around you. You will dress the world in light.”

After working in the fashion industry as both a designer and teacher herself she now uses her experience as a mentor and consultant using the philosophy laid out in her book.

Want to take this moment to go within and reflect? Now’s the perfect time to find the answers to those questions you’ve been asking yourself for way too long. Who am I, really? What do I truly want? What matters to me most? In life coach Sophie Charlotte’s book The YES  Woman Manifesto, you get to find the answers to your own questions through exercises, meditation and reading her personal story of how she’s overcome anxiety disorder by following her dream of moving to Italy – and has turned many other dreams into reality after that. This is the book that will finally get you the courage to say YES to you and your desires. Send a DM with your email address to @sophiecharlottecoach to receive a digital copy of the book.

There is also great reading to be found online as well. Ela Vasiescu is a storyteller who gets real. She writes from personal experience and believes that documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience. Currently finishing her memoir, you can read more about her projects and work here. 

Marisa Gareffa’s also speaks from a personal perspective, letting us into a world that is sometimes funny and other times traumatic. Her works are “poetic and critical reflections on life, trauma, recovery, soul, and healing; with art and performance as pathways back into embodied existence.”  Be sure to check out Love Letter to Italy, a piece written specifically about our current situation. Marisa is also the author of The Medici Dynasty Show. She does spoken word performance art and has run the Placehold Open Mic in Florence for four years now which, you are welcome to join. 

Federica Bembo’s blog –Aspettando una poesia is a beautiful collection of poems written in Italian. Romantic, reflective and metaphorical, it’s the perfect place to lose yourself for a little while. Grab a cup of tea and let your imagination run away with you. You can follow Federica on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all her news and updates.
During our current lockdown in Florence, The Paperback Exchange will deliver your order within the limits of the comune di Firenze

You can contact them via Facebook, Instagram or to order your books. 

There is also a Mystery Box option.  Choose the amount (€ 25/50/75/100) and you will receive a box full of books selected by the staff! 

As always, please be sure to share this post as much and as often as you can to help support the creative community here in Florence especially during this incredibly difficult time! Thank you!



By now it’s probably pretty safe to say that most of us are starting to go a little stir crazy. It’s day 7 of a nationwide lockdown against Covid-19 and we are doing our best to stay busy and stay creative during all this.

Some of our members have come up with great ways not only to stay creative but also of collaborating virtually. Here is a look at a few of our favorite projects currently happening around the city.


David is our favorite projection mapping artist and co-founder over at monogrid Digital Interactive Studio. We wish we were his neighbors because this is what they get to see projected out their windows and on the sides of their buildings. So cool right?

David says: Tonight during the quarantine I project some flowers and a bird to entertain my neighbors and keep the creative spirit up”

Thank you David! Even if we’re not neighbors we’re still loving these videos! 

Be sure to check  David’s instagram page for more of his magical projections.


Paul is an incredibly talented portrait artist who has started a video chat portrait series titled Digital Bocaccio as a reference to Bocaccio’s The Decameron. Written in (c.1351) during the black plague. The book contains stories of those quarantined in a villa just outside of Florence. 

Paul tells us: “I don’t do solitary well, so I revived this series of quick, decisive oil portraits of a community in seclusion.  They are painted live on video calling and have become quite a hit. They’ve become a social and financial buffer against covid 19.”

Paul will be on the Creative People in Florence Instagram takeover this week to show us more of his project so be sure to head on over for the latest updates. You can also see more of his work on his website and his own instagram

JONNY HUNTER is a documentary filmmaker who is heading a creative video project that has taken an original approach to collaboration. The idea is to get a group to record a description of their day in quarantine (what you do, what you can’t do, how you feel), accompanied by a 1-minute shot from a window (using a phone handheld is fine if you need to.) and, if you want, some shots of the inside space too.  He will then be editing and turning the footage into one film. We are very much looking forward to seeing the end results which we will be sure to share with you. If you would like to participate he is still accepting submission – email

In Jonny’s words: “The Coronavirus pandemic has been a major disruption to the life of Florence and the lives of people who live here. A lot of people are stuck at home, anxious about losing work or just bored on their own, and the city itself is eerily empty. There’s a lot of potential to record this incredible situation but also it’s a good opportunity for people to get involved in something creative when there might not be much else to do. We’ve been trying to gather a large group of people to document their life in quarantine – the view outside the window playing an increasingly meaningful role to people locked inside, their thoughts increasingly reflective in isolation – and then edit them into a patchwork film of Florentine-life-on-hold. We’re still gathering so it’s not yet clear what the final film will look like, but so far there’s been some amazingly interesting, personal and insightful inputs and we’re very happy with how it’s shaping up.”

Be sure to check out more of Jonny’s work on his website, Instagram, Vimeo.

Bookbinder HAIM SHUSHAN and graphic designer ITAY BLAISH  while not currently living in Florence did spend several years here and as we know Florence is always a part of us no matter where we go. The two are hosting an open call for illustrations, zines, and posters or whatever suits you. They have opened an Instagram account specifically for this project where all of the works will be shared.

In their words:  “This online zine is collecting reactions of artists, designers, poets and so on to create a sort of artistic discursive platform that is a memory of this special time we are living in. We are very happy to invite you to tag us or submit your ideas, design, creations, and thoughts”

You can submit your entry to 


We hope you enjoy these projects and that they bring you a bit of joy in these difficult days. Have you heard of any other projects that you think we should know about please be sure to get in touch!

And we hope you will share this post as much as possible, this will help our community so much more than you know! Thank you all for your continued support of CPiF 



Here at CPiF we have an amazing community of artists, designers, and creative people of all kinds! We want to share them with you and let the world know who they are.

From its inception, the main goal of Creative People in Florence has always been to promote collaboration and support independent contemporary artists, artisans, and designers in our historic city. In the midst of the current situation in Italy, now more than ever is the time to support small creative businesses. Below is a list of some of the best our city has to offer. Please be sure to follow their social media channels–it helps more than you know! Check back often as the list will continue to grow.

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  • Naomi Muirhead creates beautiful one of a kind jewelry in sterling silver using antique and vintage objects. 
  • Nokike is a fun, chic, colorful shop in the Oltrarno district of Florence. She creates unique pieces of jewelry and clothing.
  • Ink-P  – is a line of screen printed handmade unconventional clothes and wearable art pieces.
  • Frau Leman – gorgeous handmade artisanal leather accessories all crafted in her tiny bottega right off Piazza Santo Spirito.
  • Plasmare– Colorful illustrations, handbags and wallets made in eco-leather.
  • JHA Porcelain – Minimal, chic porcelain tableware and jewelry handcrafted in the hills of Fiesole overlooking Florence.
  • Jennifer Leo – Fun, colorful, contemporary cityscapes, Jen is a street artist who can often be found painting and selling her work in Piazza del Duomo.
  • Eva di Franco is a timeless wardrobe crafted in Florence using locally sourced high-quality materials.
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  • Jane Harman  –  All things wood! Hand-carved, cut and crafted. Jane makes all kinds of wonderful wooden objects for your home as well as unique, colorful jewelry.
  • Tiziana Alemanni creates, designs, and sews each garment by hand in her beautiful atelier right off of Piazza Pitti. You can find everything from haute couture, to ready-to-wear, to wedding gowns.
  • Sara Amrhein Bold, colorful statement jewelry made in polymer clay. Specializing in one-of-a-kind and custom-made pieces that combine sculpture with jewelry design.
  • A Thousand Joys Unique handcrafted jewelry, inspired by historic ornaments, made using traditional techniques
  • New Kid Footwear  Distinctly made in Tuscany, New Kid captures a naïve, yet a wild sense of the world through unique footwear, clothing, and accessories.
  • Eleolab Handmade silk flowers, created using traditional techniques & antique tools. Eleolab produces custom, wearable accessories that uphold the value of traditional, hand-crafted masterpieces.2

While your purchase is always appreciated, some designers don’t have online shops, but you can still help in other ways.
Follow their Instagram accounts and Facebook pages. Like, comment and share their content  The more you comment, the more their content gets noticed–and its also a lot of fun making new creative friends! You can also get in touch and ask about how you can order their designs directly.

  • Rubina Barbieri is an illustrator and graphic designer who makes all types of loveliness using her designs. From ceramic plates to t-shirts to gorgeous little paintings.
  • M K Textile Atelier A beautiful textile studio based in an old greenhouse, MK creates bespoke fabric products for the home and garden, made using natural fibers and pigments.
  • Campucc10 is a Co-sharing art studio and gallery space with jewelry, sculpture, illustration, engraving, and many other lovely things
  • Officine Nora is a contemporary co-working jewelry studio in the artistic neighborhood of Santo Spirito. Creating unique pieces made by 6 different artists.
  • Hello, Wonderful is a gorgeous, welcoming boutique in the historical center. Handcrafted garments made from sustainable fabrics. Each piece is designed, cut, and sewn on-site. 
  • Il Torchio A Florentine bookbindery between tradition and design. Just when you think you’ve seen it all in terms of books, you find something new and unexpected. Unique and interesting materials are combined to create the most unusual books in town.
  • Federica Narducci – Illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer, her content is fun and colorful and is sure to make you smile!
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The heart of CPiF has alway been about collaboration and building community, so we are also listing some sites and blogs of some friends who are also doing an amazing job supporting and promoting our city.

Georgette over at Girl in Florence is not only our friend and one of the coolest people we know but she also (as you probably already know) has a pretty awesome blog about all things Florence.

Nardia Plumridge over at Lost in Florence has recently published her lovely book by the same title. It’s full of great tips and advice for visiting the artisans of our city.

CModo  – Christy has curated a wonderful selection of Made in Florence products for your home. Each piece unique and made right here in the workshops of Florence.

We are also incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of The Florentine over the years. They are a source of great information about the city and always do a great job of featuring the unique and hidden parts of Florence.

Coral Sisk over at Curious Appetite is so fun much to hang out with. She loves food and wine and she wants to share all of her knowledge with you. She organizes trips and tours in both Florence and San Fransisco.

Cassandra from Travel Italian Style is happiness personified. You can’t help but feel good when you’re with her. She creates personalized trips and tours throughout Italy and as an Italian American who traced her roots, she offers services to help you do the same.

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And of course, if you are not able to help through a direct purchase there are other ways you can help.

One is by sharing this post as much as possible throughout all of your social media channels. Another way is by following the social media channels of all the artists and designers above, like and comment on their posts as much as possible to help keep algorithms in their favor. You can also follow the Creative People in Florence Instagram page where a different artist from our community takes over our account each week to show us their work and give us a behind the scenes look at their process.

And finally, you can also make a small donation to our Association. This can be any amount that you feel comfortable with and all funds will be used to support our community and the contemporary arts in Florence. You can do that by becoming a patron on our newly created Patreon page or by clicking the PayPal button below.

Thank you all for your support and love of all things Florence and all things Italy! We hope to be back on our feet in no time, stronger and better than ever!


Please help support the creative community in Florence during coronavirus


Its Been a While, But We’re Back

We know that you’re all thinking that we’ve ghosted Creative People in Florence but we promise that we have done nothing of the kind.

As most of you already know CPiF is a cultural association co-founded by Sara Amrhein and Anna Rose both of us working artists here in Florence. In 2013 we started the group with the intention of meeting other artists living and working in the city. In the beginning it was all very casual, an aperitivo here and there to get to the creative community, a series of studio visits, and which grew into exciting collaborations that helped all of us grow our professional portfolios as we started off our artistic careers.

Over the years the group has grown larger and gone farther than we ever expected. Along with that, our own careers also grew in new ways that we most definitely welcomed, but that also required more of our attention. Even though we may not have updated the blog in a while, we have always been here working on projects for our community.

In the next few weeks, we will be announcing a big project that has been in development for a while. We have been hinting at for the past couple of months, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime however, we are facing a situation here in Italy that seems pretty surreal to all of us. It has taken over every thought in our minds, caused us to adjust our daily routines, and in many ways brought our city to a halt. While it may be forcing us to slow down for now, we can’t let it stop us or get in the way of our creativity.

We know that many people have had to cancel their trips to Italy this year and that the study abroad students have all been sent home. With this in mind, we are doing our best to find ways to support our local community. One resource that we can offer is an easy to use database with links to the online shops of our members. Shopping small and keeping our artisans going is a great way to support the city through this difficult time–and of course you will also get beautiful handmade products that are truly made in Florence.

In the next few days, we will be working on this new project and we will be doing our best to promote it and share it as much as we can. If you are not able to help through a direct purchase, there are other ways you can help:

-Sharing our Artisan and Designer Directory as much as possible throughout all of your social media channels.
-Follow the social media channels of all the artists and designers on our list, like and comment on their posts as much as possible to help keep algorithms in their favor. You can also follow the Creative People in Florence Instagram page where a different artist from our community takes over our account each week to show us their work and give us a behind the scenes look at their process.
-Finally, you can also make a small donation to our Association. This can be any amount that you feel comfortable with and all funds will be used to support our community and the contemporary arts in Florence. You can do that by becoming a patron on our newly created Patreon page or by clicking the PayPal button below.

Thank you for your support and love of all things Florence and Italy! We all hope to be back on our feet in no time, stronger and better than ever!

As soon as the page is ready we will be sure to share it with you here.


Please help support the creative community in Florence during coronavirus


Brand Building for Creative Entrepreneurs

Creative People in Florence is incredibly excited to introduce its first panel discussion focusing on Brand Building for Designers and Creative Entrepreneurs.

Join us to learn from experts in fashion marketing and brand building Farah Liz Pallaro and Claudio Marenco Mores about how to create an action plan to develop your creative business.

Branding, networking and social media are some of the most important elements to building a successful business. Our panelists will offer their expert advice so that participants will walk away with a clear idea of what steps they can take to launch their line or take their business to the next level.

The discussion will focus on streamlining brand identity, identifying a target market, and how to make the right industry contacts.

The number of participants will be limited to 15 people to allow for productive discussion, lots of time for questions, and personalized attention.

About the panelists:
Farah Liz Pallaro : Fashion industry consultant, business mentor and author of Fashion. Business. Spirituality.

Claudio Marenco Mores: Educator, brand design and fashion marketing consultant, and author of From Fiorucci to Guerilla Stores.

Registration fee: 10 euro (includes Creative People in Florence membership)

Contact: for info or to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Creative Holiday Events!

Get ready for the holiday season ahead with this calendar of events hosted by and featuring our favorite local designers and artisans. Find the perfect handmade gifts, meet the designers who make them, and get into the holiday spirit!

November 29: Magic Aperilab at Eleolab // 7pm // Via Arnolfo 11r
Kick off the season with Eleolab! Designer Eleonora Marchi is transforming her workshop into an enchanted forest to show off her new collection of handmade accessories. Lots of magical things to taste and try on. Also featuring special guest designer Poetic Commerce.

December 1-2 // Jane Harman Creations at Etsy Made in Italy Christmas Market // 10:30-19:30 // The Student Hotel
Though the Etsy Market is sure to be packed with treasures, we already have our eye on some of Jane Harman’s handcrafted wooden objects for the home. We happen to know that she’s been working on a few brand new projects just for this occasion.

December 6 // Holiday Jewellery Sale at Officine Nora // 18:30 // Via dei Preti 2-4r
Opening on December 6, the Holiday Sale at Officine Nora will run everyday through December 23. Stop by to check out this co-working jewelry studio, meet the designers who work there, and pick out the perfect gift for someone special…or maybe just for yourself.

December 7 and 20 // Holiday Aperitivo at New Kid Footwear // 6-8pm // Via del Ghirlandaio 18
New Kid is treating us to not one, but two holiday aperitivi to show off the new new additions to their collection of footwear, fashion and accessories. We know we have raved a lot about New Kid here, but seriously, go buy a pair of shoes. You won’t be sorry. While you’re at it, get a pair for a friend.

December 8 // MK Textile Atelier Festive Pop-Up Event at Numeroventi // 16:30-20:30 // Via dei Pandolfini 20
MK Textile Atelier is teaming up with the stunning art and event space Numeroventi to showcase a new selection of handprinted textiles for the holiday season. Join in to toast the season and pick up some truly one-of-a-kind gifts, perfect for friends and family.



December 8 // Anniversary of Campucc10 and Exhibition Opening // 19-23 // Via del Campuccio 10r
Come celebrate the anniversary of this cozy co-working art space and check out the new exhibition, Come ti santi? by Lucilla Vecc. Campucc10 is home to jewelry designers, sculptors, illustrators and more. You’ll be sure to find something unexpected that catches your eye.

December 15 // A Wonderful Christmas at Hello Wonderful // from 19.30 // Via Santa Monaca 2r
Keep your evening free for aperitivo, a dj-set, and the presentation of the new Party Collection at this adorable fashion atelier in the Oltrarno.


December 15-16 // Eva di Franco at Gran Bazaar X-Mas Market // 11-21.30 // Ostello Tasso Via Villani 15
Stop by the Gran Bazaar to check out the huge selection of fashion, vintage goods, artisan crafts, illustration, antiques, vinyl records and more–but be sure not to miss fashion designer Eva di Franco. Pick out something nice for yourself…after all these events, you deserve it!


Creative People in Florence Map: Open Studio Series

The Creative People in Florence Map (#CPiFMap) features fourteen artisans and designers across the city whose work spans jewelry, accessories, fashion, design objects, housewares and more, all exclusively handmade in Florence. More than just a network of shops, all the points on the map are also working art or design studios where visitors can meet the designers and see their products being made.

To introduce to you the CPiFMap team, we have packed our fall calendar with an exciting series of Open Studio Visits. Join us to meet the designers, learn how they built their brands and maintain their practices, and get a peek behind the scenes at their busy workshops, studios and ateliers.


On December 6 from 6:30-8 meet Clara Soto, the designer behind the handbag and accessories line Digerolamo (Via del Moro 58r). She’ll tell us how she got her start learning the trade and setting up her own successful brand in Florence. All are welcome! Free and fun.


On December 1 from 5-7:30pm, join us at two fashion design studios to discover the new collections by Eva di Franco and Hello Wonderful. We’ll meet at 5pm at in via Bronzino 19r to learn about Eva’s design philosophy and how she develops each piece with unexpected shapes and geometric cuts. Then we’ll walk (or bike!) down to Via Santa Monaca 2r to learn about how the design duo behind Hello Wonderful got their start. Come along to ask the designers about their materials, tools and techniques, learn how they built their brands, and meet other curious creatives like yourself. All are welcome! Free and fun. Join the Facebook event here.


On November 17 from 5-6:30pm, join us to take a look behind the scenes of La Serra MK Textile Atelier. We’ll  meet Margherita Pandolfini at the beautiful greenhouse studio La Serra MK Textile Atelier (via Salvestrina 1) where she and co-designer Karl Jorns produce hand-painted textiles. Come along to ask the designers about their materials, tools and techniques, learn how they built their brands, and meet other curious creatives like yourself. All are welcome! Free and fun. Join the Facebook Event.

On October 27 from 5-7pm, join us to explore two busy Oltrarno creative co-working workshops, Campucc10 and Officine Nora. We’ll start at Campucc10 (in via del Campuccio 10r) at 5pm to meet the artists and designers who share the space and learn about their work, then we’ll head over to Officine Nora (via dei Preti 2-4r) to check out the diverse styles of the jewelry designers who work there. Come along to ask the designers about their materials, tools and techniques, learn how they built their brands, and meet other curious creatives like yourself. All are welcome! Free and fun.

For more information, email us at


On Saturday, October 20 from 5-7:30pm, join us to explore the workspaces ofA Thousand Joys, Il Torchio and  Arlo Haisek, three of the designers featured on the Creative People in Florence Map. We’ll starting at Jow Franklin’s jewelry studio (Borgo San Jacopo 11) at 5pm, then will move down the street the Erin Ciulla’s bookbinding workshop, Il Torchio (via dei Bardi 17). Finally we’ll head down to Via dei Bardi 20r to check out Arlo Haisek’s jewelry design studio. Come along to ask the designers about their materials, tools and techniques, learn how they built their brands, and meet other curious creatives like yourself. All are welcome! Free and fun.


On September 27 from 6-8pm, join us to explore the workspaces of Eleolab and New Kid, two of the designers featured on the Creative People in Florence Map. Starting at Eleolab (Via Arnolfo 11r) at 6pm, we will meet Eleonora, and learn about her line of exquisite accessories and clothing, including headpieces, silk flowers and jewelry. Then at 7pm we’ll head around the corner to check out New Kid and their collections of footwear, accessories and fashion. Come along to ask the designers about their materials, tools and techniques, learn how they built their brands, and meet other curious creatives like yourself. All are welcome! Free and fun.





WHY Graphic Design Festival

Calling all graphic designers, illustrators, typographers, visual communication professionals and design students! On November 10 and 11, don’t miss two action-packed days of design-focused workshops, talks, screenings and portfolio reviews (and more) at the second edition of the WHY Graphic Design Festival, founded by Nvard Yerkanyan and Laura Ottina, and hosted by our friends over at The Student Hotel and TSH Collab. Everything but the workshops are free to attend, BUT if you mention CPiF while booking your workshop spot, you will get a 20% discount! Woohoo!

To learn more about the festival or book your spot in a workshop, contact To find details and descriptions of the events and workshops, follow this link. Scroll on for the complete schedule.

10:30 – 11:00 Meeting participants, introduction
11:00 – 19:30 Design Market
11-13 – 14-16 Workshop1 – Laura Moretti (Designer and Professor in Visual Communication, Florence) – Paper cutting and folding
11-13 – 14-16 Workshop2 – Giulia Seri – Il Bisonte (Printing school, Florence) – Linocut: from tradition to contemporary illustration.
14:00 – 19:00 Screenings – Design film fest
16:00 – 17:00 Talks – (Design studio, Turin) – Tiny Characters & Big Data: Our Work for Airbnb; Laura Moretti (Designer and Professor in Visual Communication) – AIAP Women in Design contest
17:15 – 18:15 Masterclass – Federigo Gabellieri (Art Director, GQ) – Image makers: art director and creatives
18:30 – 19:30 Lecture – Fabio Guida (Designer, architect and activist, Turin) – Creativity as a system
19:30 – 21:30 Aperitivo with DJ set at Bike Cafe
11:00 – 19:00 Design Market
11-13 – 14-16 Workshop3 – Giulia Ursenna Dorati (Graphic artist & type designer, Florence) – Monogram design: Oh My Lettering!
11:00 – 13:00 Workshop4 – Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini (Art director & type designer, Florence) – Type design: Go font yourself!
11:00 – 13:00 Portfolio Review & Student Showcase
14:00 – 19:00 Screenings – Design film fest
14:00 – 17:00 Workshop5 – Sofia Buti, Elisa Basilissi (Graphic designers, Florence) – Bind your self production
15:00 – 16:00 Panel discussion – Print & the city
16:00 – 17:00 Lecture – Nazanin Rastan (Illustrator, Tehran, Iran) – VR: The future of illustration
17:00 – 18:00 Talks – Armine Shahbazyan (Illustrator, Yerevan, Armenia) – Illustration series; Sara Gironi Carnevale (Illustrator, Naples) – Editorial illustration; Elisa Basilissi (Graphic Designer, Florence) – Calimaia graphic collective
18:00 Closing of the festival

+ (hours to be defined): Lettering demonstration by Giuseppe Tangaro & Luciano Quaranta, drawing session with teachers from The Sign, free workshop by Moleskine

The Student Hotel and TSH Collab
Viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70, Firenze


On November 10 and 11 Lottozero is celebrating the opening of their brand new textile lab with three days of workshops, exhibitions, talks and performances. If you’ve never been to this interdisciplinary art and co-working space in Prato, now is the time!

Lottozero, founded in 2016, is a center for textile art, design and culture that focuses on research and experimentation, seeking to create a bridge and a dialogue between the public, the cultural scene and the industrial ecosystem of the city. At MAKE LOTTOZERO, the 2-day the launch party of their textile lab, Lottozero will invite the public to experiment with their own creativity by testing Lottozero’s new machinery and techniques. A series of activities and workshops will demonstrate the different possibilities of using machines, such as silk-screen printing on fabric, an approach to knitwear that combines traditional techniques and new opensource technologies, the ancient Shibori technique with natural dyes and the foundations of manual weaving and heat press printing.

Beyond the workshops, there will be an action-packed schedule including exhibition openings, a concert and much more!


Creative People in Florence will be there on November 10th to celebrate with Lottozero, try out the machinery, join the workshops and have an aperitivo with all of you! All are welcome to join to check out this fantastic space and meet the dynamic team behind the ambitious project. As an added bonus, if you mention CPiF (or the hashtag #creativepeople) you will have access to special discounts including 10% off membership and multiple lab entry packages!

For more information contact us at or

Registration for the workshops has already begun, so sign up before space runs out!


10th and 11th of November 2018
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday November 10th

10.30 am  to 1.00 pm Workshop Oggetti stra-ordinari (LAST SPOTS still available!)
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Workshop Shibori with natural colors (LAST SPOTS still available!)
2.00 pm – 6.00 pm Workshop Elektroknitting (SOLD OUT!)
6.00 pm – Aperitivo and hands on-demos! BE THERE!!!
7.00 pm – Inauguration of the Lab, and of Generous Images Unable to Reach, a site-specific installation by Luca Vanello
9.00 pm Concert by Andrea Borghi

Sunday November 11th

10.00 am – 6.00 pm Professional screen printing on fabric (SOLD OUT!)
3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Weaving workshop (open to all)


Lottozero / textile laboratories
Via Arno 10
59100 Prato

Luca Vanello – Generous Images Unable to Reach – Opening at 7pm on November 10