CREATIVE WRITING IN FLORENCE

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 customerservice@papex.it 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!

 


SHOP FLORENCE ONLINE

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.

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  • 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!

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Creative People in Florence – The Map

Creative People in Florence is a cultural association made up of a vibrant international community of artists, designers, artisans, and creative thinkers founded to promote the contemporary arts in Florence

For centuries, workshops, ateliers, and studios have been a common sight in the small side streets of Florence. Our mission is to preserve the rich tradition of these artisan workshops while promoting fresh, innovative designs, techniques, and materials. The spaces on this map produce fashion, accessories and design objects that reflect top quality craftsmanship, all handmade on location.

We would like to give a shoutout to the super talented and super patient Trinity Mitchell for her amazing work in illustrating and designing this lovely map for us! She was absolutely wonderful to work with and did such an amazing job! Thank you Trinity!

 

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*please keep in mind that the ‘R’ is very important while searching for an address in Florence. Keep your eye out for numbers that are physically written in RED/ROSSO. The color of the number will make sense in themselves. All RED/ROSSO numbers will proceed in order even if they are not right next to each other.  Google maps does not recognize this numbering system!

 

 eva
Eva di Franco
Via Bronzino 19r
E V A D I F R A N C O is a timeless wardrobe crafted in Florence using locally sourced high quality fabrics. The geometry of the cuts defines original, unexpected volumes and shapes.   email – instagram

 

 

Jane
Jane Harman
Via L. Bartolini
Antique furniture restoration. Upcycling vintage furnishings. Hand made wooden articles for the home, unusual gift items, ornaments, jewelry and lots more. Custom made pieces on request. Use of reclaimed wood, recycled  paper and fabric.
Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 9am-6pm Wednesday 9am-5pm
Saturday by appointment – 329 0704920
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Hello

Hello Wonderful
Via Santa Monaca 2
We love to sew garments that make you feel Wonderful! Discover the “Hello, Wonderful!” boutique in the historical heart of central Florence.
Mon-Sat 10-19:30
email –  instagram

 

 

 

 

Nora

Offcine Nora
Via dei Preti 2-4r
contemporary “bottega” in the artistic neighborhood of Santo Spirito. Go to this work+shop to check out unique pieces made by 6 different artists, or to experiment making one with your own hands!”
Tue-Sun h.3-6 pm, or whenever one of us is there, just try to ring the bell!
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Campuccio

Campucc10
Via del Campuccio 10r
Co sharing art Studio and gallery space with jewelry, sculpture, illustration, engraving, and many other lovely things.
+39 055 5121545
Tuesday – Friday – Saturday 10.30-13.30,  15.00-19.00
email  –  instagram

 

Alemanni
Tiziana Alemanni
Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 20
Haute Couture, Ready to wear, tailor made exclusive designs, wedding gowns, theatre apparel
Monday – Saturday 10pm – 7pm
055213372
email – instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara

Sara Amrhein
Via dello Sprone 9r
Bold and colorful statement jewelry made in polymer clay. Specializing in one-of-a-kind and custom-made pieces that combine art and jewelry design.
*Mon-Fri 11:30 -19:30 – Sat-Sun 12:00 -19:00  *Closed Tuesday
+39 392 961 3197
email – instagram

 

 

 

Joy
A Thousand Joys
Borgo San Jacapo 11
Unique handcrafted jewelry, inspired by
historic ornaments, made using traditional
Please call or email for an appointment
+39 349 426 5645
email – instagram

 

 

Torchio
Il Torchio
Via de’ Bardi 17
florentine bookbindery between tradition and design
mon-fri 10-1:30/2:30-7 . sat 10-1
0552342862
email –  instagram

 

 

 

 

 

ArloArlo Haisek
Via dei Bardi 20r
jewelry and micro Sculpture using historic inspiration and techniques Monday – Saturday 10-13 e 16-19 – Closed Sunday
055 0948316
email –  instagram

 

Diger

Digerolamo
Via Del Moro 58r
Digerolamo is a Florence based ‘Slow Fashion’ brand of leather accessories and jewelry. It’s name carries 3 generations of leather craftsmanship, and today it remains true to it’s artisan roots by proposing and creating unique handmade pieces.
Mon – Fri 10 -14 / 15- 19  Sat: 11 – 14 / 15 – 19  Sun: closed
0552298378
email  –  instagram

 

 

 

 

MK

M K Textile Atelier
Via Salvestrina 1
A textile studio based in an old green house, creating bespoke fabric products for the home and garden, made using natural fibres and pigments.
Please call for appointment +39 349 580 3147
mktextileatelier.com
email –  instagram

 

 

 

Newkid (1)
New Kid Footwear
Via del Ghirlandaio 18
Distinctly made in Tuscany, New Kid captures a naïve, yet wild sense of the world through unique footwear, clothing and accessories.
Mon-fri 10-1pm  15- 19  Sat 11-19
+39 331 492 2645   +39 366 710 2140
email –  instagram

 

 

Elio
Eleolab
Via Arnolfo 11r
Handmade silk flowers, created using traditional techniques & antique tools. Eleolab produces custom, wearable accessories that uphold the value of traditional, hand-crafted masterpieces.
Mon-Fri: 10-13:30 / 15:30-19:30 Sat:10:00-13:00 Sun: Closed
3475515759
facebook.com/eleolab
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Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Miruna Almasan

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Per questa serie di Spotlight Interviews parliamo con gli artigiani e i designers che partecipano al nostro pop-up shop Merry & Bright a Palazzo San Niccolo il 9-10 Dicembre!

Quali sono tre (o anche più di tre) aggettivi che descrivono il tuo brand? 
Magico, fiabesco, emozionante, misteriosa, romantica, gioiosa, ricca

Perché Firenze è la città giusta per sviluppare il tuo brand? 
Ho scelto Firenze per la bellezza di questa città, per l’arte, il design, l’architettura, per la sua posizione geografica, per il sole, cibo, meraviglioso paesaggio toscano, per la gioia di vivere che l’italiani hanno nel cuore, ma soprattutto per l’amore che ho trovato qua. Quando hai tutto questo intorno, come fai a non creare?!

A CPiF celebriamo la collaborazione fra creativi. In questo momento stai preparando qualche progetto in collaborazione con altri designer, artigiani o creativi, o stai cercando collaboratori per progetti futuri?
Adoro la collaborazione fra creativi, quando queste persone lavorano insieme per creare la bellezza, qualcosa di magico succede, quindi sono sempre aperta ai collaboratori per progetti futuri.

L’ultima collezione è nata da una collaborazione insieme alla grande artista rumena Ana Wagner ed il suo atelier Wagner Arte. Abbiamo creato una collezione inedita, su porcellana fine dipinta a mano con oro, dove i personaggi di Miruna Almasan prendono vita in una maniera surreale.

Chi sono i tuoi designers o artigiani preferiti a Firenze che tutti dovrebbero conoscere? 
Marco Zedone, Alexandra Tudorache, Simafra, Chiara de Filippis, Elena Camilla Bertellotti, Andreas Senoner

C’è qualche regalo in particolare che speri di trovare sotto l’albero quest’anno? 
Questa domanda mi fa un po’ sorridere perché di solito voglio tante cose, ma quest’anno vorrei soltanto più bontà e consapevolezza nel cuore delle persone; più gioia, salute e tranquillità nella mia famiglia, sono cose che non lì puoi mettere sotto l’albero, però lì puoi regalare.

Sito: www.mirunalmasan.com
Instagram: @miruna.almasan
Facebook: www.facebook.com/miruna.ruxandra.almasan
#mirunaalmasan

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Three words (or more) to describe your brand:
Magic and fairy tales, exciting, mysterious, romantic, joyful, rich

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
I chose Florence for its beauty, its art, design, architecture, for its geographic location, for its sun, food, the beautiful Tuscan countryside, for the joy for life that Italians have in their hearts, but most of all for the love that I found here. When you have all of this around you, how can not be creative?!

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
I love collaborations between creative people! When people work together to create something beautiful, something magical happens, so yes, I’m always open to new collaborations for future projects.

My latest collection came out of a collaboration with the great Romanian artist Ana Wagner and her atelier Wagner Arte. We created a new collection on fine porcelain, handpainted in gold, in which the my characters come to life in a surreal way.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
Marco Zedone, Alexandra Tudorache, Simafra, Chiara de Filippis, Elena Camilla Bertellotti, Andreas Senoner

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
This question makes me smile because I usually want lots of things, but this year all I want is more kindness and consciousness in people’s hearts, more joy, health and peace for my family. These are things that you can put under the tree, but you can still give them as gifts.

Web: www.mirunalmasan.com
Instagram: @miruna.almasan
Facebook: www.facebook.com/miruna.ruxandra.almasan
#mirunaalmasan

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!

Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Officine Nora

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Get straight to the point with the designers from Officine Nora in this short-and-sweet interview. Be sure to come by and see their work up close this weekend!

 

Three adjectives (or more) to describe your brand:
international, one of a kind, contemporary, surprising, tailor made

What makes Florence the right place for your work?
It’s always been a hub for goldsmiths and it gathers people interested in art, beauty and crafts from all over the world.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
All Officine Nora members have a special taste for collaboration and we’re always open for new ones!

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
Jane H. Restoration, Il Torchio, New Kid, Dimitri Villoresi, Tiziana Alemanni

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
Tools tools tools!

IG:@officinenora
FB @officinenora
web: www.officinenora.it

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!

MERRY & BRIGHT Spotlight: Francesco Ciai

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Meet Francesco Ciai, author and director of the Claudio Ciai Foundation. Come by Merry & Bright for reading from his new children’s book, “Paco & Camelia” in both English and Italian.

(Italiano )

Three adjectives (or more) to describe your work:
Florentine DOC. Whimsical. Inspirational.

What makes Florence the right place for what you do?
As a born and bred Florentine, I have always been passionate about my city, its history and all of the remarkable things it offers. And so, when writing my first book for kids titled “Paco & Camelia: The Venus’ Mystery and Other Secrets,” I naturally had to make the city itself the protagonist.

I also founded and run the Claudio Ciai Foundation in honor of my father (www.FondazioneClaudioCiai.com). The organization aims to assist with the ongoing support and recuperation of road accident victims suffering brain injuries or permanent disabilities, particularly in Florence and Tuscany.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
Currently, I am working on writing the sequel to Paco & Camelia and am looking to collaborate with a graphic designer to help recreate the style of the first book. I also work closely with Erika Marchetti who is my editor, and Daniel Hernandez Lyon who translated the first Paco & Camelia book and helps with all marketing.

Who are your favorite local artists, artisans, or creatives that everyone should know about?
Daniel has always helped me with marketing and communications and has been a great help putting my projects out there (his portfolio can be viewed at www.hernandez-lyon.com). Erika, is also a magical editor.

Aside from my collaborators, I particularly love The Florence Art Academy and all their work. The remarkable organization was co-founded by an American expat Susan Tintori.

I also love Jessica Russo Scherr’s work who, while living in Florence, volunteered for an artistic initiative for my Foundation and created a gorgeous collage portrait of my father that I cherish very much and eventually became the cover of another book I wrote, “La Strada della Dignità: Il Movimento #CiaiCoraggio”. This book tells the story of what happened to my father and my family following a tragic car accident and is acclaimed for being the first manual in Italy’s history that easily outlines the steps families need to take when a loved one remains severely injured and disabled after an accident.

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
I’d love to find some beautiful decorative items to take with me to my friends and family in Miami over the holidays!


Website: www.pacocamelia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PacoCamelia
Instagram: www.instagram.com/PacoCamelia

#PacoCamelia

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!

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Quali sono tre (o anche più di tre) aggettivi che descrivono il tuo lavoro?
Fiorentino DOC, magico e ispiratore

Perché Firenze è la città giusta per il tuo lavoro?

Come fiorentino di nascita, sono sempre stato appassionato della mia città, della sua storia e di tutte le cose straordinarie che offre. E così, quando ho scritto il mio primo libro per bambini intitolato “Paco & Camelia: Il mistero di Venere e altri segreti”, ho voluto naturalmente rendere la città stessa protagonista.

Ho anche fondato la Fondazione Claudio Ciai in onore di mio padre (www.FondazioneClaudioCiai.com) e ne sono il Presidente. L’organizzazione si propone di assistere con il sostegno continuo le vittime di incidenti stradali che hanno acquisito disabilità permanenti, in particolare a Firenze e in Toscana.

A CPiF celebriamo la collaborazione fra creativi. In questo momento state preparando qualche progetto in collaborazione con altri designer, artigiani o creativi, o stai cercando collaboratori per progetti futuri?

Attualmente sto lavorando alla stesura del sequel di Paco & Camelia e sto cercando di collaborare con un illustratore per ricreare lo stile del primo libro. Lavoro sempre a stretto contatto con Erika Marchetti, che è la mia editor, e Daniel Hernandez Lyon, che ha tradotto il primo libro Paco & Camelia e mi aiuta per quanto riguarda il marketing.

Chi sono i vostri artisti, artigiani o creativi preferiti a Firenze che tutti dovrebbero conoscere?
Daniel mi ha sempre aiutato con il marketing e le comunicazioni ed è stato di grande aiuto nel lanciare tutti i miei progetti (il suo portfolio: www.hernandez-lyon.com). Erika invece è semplicemente la migliore editor che io abbia mai conosciuto!

Oltre ai miei collaboratori, amo particolarmente la Florence Art Academy e il lavoro fantastico che svolgono. La straordinaria organizzazione è stata co-fondata da un’americana che vive a Firenze, Susan Tintori.

Adoro anche le opere di Jessica Russo Scherr che, mentre viveva a Firenze, si è offerta volontaria per un’iniziativa artistica per la mia Fondazione e ha creato uno splendido ritratto in collage di mio padre che è stato apprezzato da tutti moltissimo e che alla fine è diventato la copertina di un altro libro, “La Strada della Dignità: Il Movimento #CiaiCoraggio “. Questo libro racconta la storia di quello che è successo a mio padre e alla mia famiglia a seguito del suo tragico incidente automobilistico ed è acclamato per essere il primo manuale nella storia italiana perché delinea facilmente i passi necessari che le famiglie devono seguire quando una persona cara rimane gravemente ferita e disabile dopo un incidente.

C’è qualche regalo in particolare che sperate di trovare sotto l’albero quest’anno?
Mi piacerebbe trovare dei bellissimi oggetti decorativi da portare con me ai miei amici e alla mia famiglia a Miami durante le vacanze!

Website: www.pacocamelia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PacoCamelia
Instagram: www.instagram.com/PacoCamelia

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79

Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Tiche Clothing

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Today we’re hearing from Tijana Stankovic about her fashion label Tiche Clothing and what inspires her to keep creating.

Three words (or more) to describe your brand:
Timeless, unique, natural elegance, comfortable, sensual, contemporary, simplicity

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
I love art, design, artisans, architecture, nature, I love people and I love eating. Florence is a melting point and inspiration comes from everything, even if you don’t recognize it at the time.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative
projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
I love working with people that share my sense of passion. Other people push you in different direction and you evolve. I would love to collaborate with visual artists, film makers, art photographers — people free from commercial constraints of fashion.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
I come from an art background, so I follow more artists then designers. Artists in Tuscany — Margherita Moscardini, Chiara Camoni, Francesco Carone.

Any holiday gifts you’re particularly pining for this year?
A ticket for a long weekend in nature or an other city would be a perfect gift.

Instagram -­‐ @ticheclothing
Facebook -­‐ ticheclothing
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www.ticheclothing.com

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
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Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Sara Rabà

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Per questa serie di Spotlight Interviews parliamo con gli artigiani e i designers che partecipano al nostro pop-up shop Merry & Bright a Palazzo San Niccolo il 9-10 Dicembre!

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Quali sono tre (o anche più di tre) aggettivi che descrivono il tuo brand?
Creativo, ricercato, esclusivo, divertente, anarchico.

Perché Firenze è la città giusta per sviluppare il tuo brand?
Perchè è la culla dei grandi maestri d’arte, perchè è di grande ispirazione per me e perchè è bella, bella da mozzare il fiato.  Firenze è anche la città che mi ha assegnato la certificazione d’eccellenza Made in Tuscany (ormai marchio registrato e riconosciuto) ed è, quindi, la città che mi sprona ad andare avanti, a crederci e a non mollare.

A CPiF celebriamo la collaborazione fra creativi. In questo momento stai preparando qualche progetto in collaborazione con altri designer, artigiani o creativi, o stai cercando collaboratori per progetti futuri?
Mi piacerebbe trovare collaborazioni e condividere spazi con altri creativi perchè credo fermamente che sinergie e condivisioni siano costruttive e stimolanti. Respirare creatività nutre e amplifica il talento individuale.

Chi sono i tuoi designers o artigiani preferiti a Firenze che tutti dovrebbero conoscere?
Non ho designers preferiti, li ammiro tutti. Ammiro il coraggio, la volontà, la caparbietà ed il desiderio di esprimere se stessi. Ammiro tutto ciò che è fatto con le mani e con il cuore,  con passione e dedizione e di cui se ne percepisce l’anima.

C’è qualche regalo in particolare che speri di trovare sotto l’albero quest’anno?
Serenità, meritata serenità… fatta a mano, naturalmente.

www.sararaba.com // FB: Sara Rabà Lab  // IG: @sararabalab

Three adjectives (or more) to describe your brand:
Creative, refined, exclusive, fun, anarchic.

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
It’s the cradle of the great masters of art, it inspires me, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Florence is also the city that honored me with the Made in Tuscany certificate of excellence, and it is therefore the city that encourages me to go forward, to believe in what I do and never give up.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
I would love to find people to collaborate and share spaces with because I firmly believe that synergy and exchange are constructive and stimulating for any creative practice. Breathing in creativity nurtures and amplifies individual talent.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
I don’t have any favorite designers, I admire them all. I admire the courage, force of will and the desire to express oneself. I admire everything that is made by hand and heart, with passion and dedication, in which we catch a glimpse of the soul.

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
Serenity, much deserved serenity…made by hand, naturally.

www.sararaba.com // FB: Sara Rabà Lab  // IG: @sararabalab

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
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Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: Tago Design

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

We recently met up with Naomi Tagooka of Tago Design to learn more about her work and her reasons for choosing Florence to develop her collection of handbags and accessories.

Three words (or more) to describe your brand:

Fusion, stylish, practical, kawaii, quality

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?

I can see the high quality works of the Italian craftsman and designers here. This makes my increases my motivation, creativity and imagination. Also I can get natural Italian leathers which are produced here. And I like living and working in Florence!

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?

Yes, maybe. I’m interested in collaboration with other artists who are interested in Japanese culture or mixed materials.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?

Cisei, a Japanese bag designer in Florence.

To see more from Tago Design stop by Merry & Bright on December 9 and 10, or click here.

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
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Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight: New Kid

For this series of Spotlight Interviews we’ll be checking in with the artisans and designers who will be taking part in our Merry & Bright pop-up shop at Palazzo San Niccolò on December 9-10!

Rachel Beagley and Letizia Ciappi of New Kid to tell us about their 100% Made in Tuscany shoes, clothing and accessories–plus they share a collaboration idea that we know some of you will want to get involved in!

How would you describe yourselves?
We are a couple of enthusiastic ladies who want to make quality products with care that are unique and fun.

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
We couldn’t really make our shoes anywhere else it has taken many years to find all the artisans we currently work with, they are all small family businesses and are willing to work in our crazy way. Firenze has the good fortune of being small with loyal and dedicated locals, but also a large amount of visitors, perfect for a small business.

At CPiF we celebrate collaboration between creatives. Are you working on any collaborative projects at the moment, or are you looking for people to work with in the future?
We have collaborated with a few designers and artists to come up with our tourist tee collections, currently featuring Italia and Turkey. This is our spin on trashy tourist tees. It would be fun to collaborate more locally on a shoot, get a lot of different local creatives involved, do something weird.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
Officine Nora. These guys are always coming up with some fresh and interesting ideas and Jane Harman of Wood&cut has some serious skills, also Andrea Giunti has some pretty unusual ideas about jewelry.

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
Socks!! The perfect gift!

Get in touch with New Kid to learn more, and stop by to say hi on December 9 and 10!

instagram: newkidfootwear
facebook: @NewKidNK
twitter: @newkidfootwear

Merry and Bright: Pop-up Market, Workshops and Holiday Cheer!
December 9-10
Palazzo San Niccolò: Via San Niccolò 79
Find out more!