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!

 


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
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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
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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
#ticheclothing #tichestyle
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!

(English )

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
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Merry & Bright Designer Spotlight : Jane H. Creations

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 Jane Harman of Jane H. Creations gives us a closer look at her hand-made wooden design objects and gives us some tips on local artisans and designers to keep an eye on.

Three adjectives (or more) to describe your brand:
Out of the ordinary, varied, wooden, unexpected.

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
As well as being the ‘cradle’ of the renaissance, Florence has also always been the centre of Italian artigianato. Today fortunately the city is beginning to accept contemporary work made by a number of artists and designers many of whom have had the fortune of learning their trade in a Florentine bottega.

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 have ongoing collaborations with Sisters in Wool, Legatoria il Torchio, Wood&cut and always open to new opportunities and suggestions. I would love to collaborate with a silversmith/jeweller or ceramicist maybe.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
There are lots. I would love to see more though working with wood and ceramics in particular. I feel a bit alone in what I’m doing. Ah yes, I love the poetry of Tika Taka’s work (@artikitaka). I also have a soft spot for the work of both Martina Loncar and Margherita de Martino Norante.

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
One of Tika Taka’s amazing dancers maybe! Or one of Martina Loncar’s lovely cement pins!

To see more from Jane H. Creations to stop by Merry and Bright December 9 and 10!

www.harmanjane.it //@jane.h.restoration

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 : La Serra MK Textile Atelier

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 spoke with La Serra MK Textile Atelier co-director Margherita Pandolfini to learn more about their unique hand-painted designs–and to find out what’s on her holiday wish list!

Three adjectives (or more!) to describe your brand:
One-of-a-kind, bespoke, made in Italy, quality, colourful, artisanal

What makes Florence the right place for your brand?
The inspiring history of craftsmanship and amazing art, as well as the high quality of materials and the appeal of a Made in Italy brand.

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 are always open to new collaborations and ideas. We recently collaborated with Erin Ciulla from Legatoria il Torchio on a series of hand-painted papers for a new range of books. We will also be collaborating with a local fashion designer to create a new collection of patterns.

Who are your favorite local designers and/or artisans that everyone should know about?
There is so much talent in Florence, just a few of my faves: artist Anna Rose (thanks for the shout-out!), sculptor James Bateman, hat designer Ely B, Erin from Legatoria il Torchio, jewelry designer Tinka Loncar.

Any holiday gift you’re particularly pining after this year?
…. a new hand bag but not sure from where yet ! 🙂

To find out more about La Serra MK Textiles click here or stop by Merry and Bright on December 9-10 at Palazzo San Niccolò! www.mktextileatelier.com // @mktextileatelier

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

Photo Meet-up #1 : Fall Colors at Le Cascine

November 4 from 2-4pm // 4 Novembre dalle 14 alle 16
Meeting point/Luogo di incontro : Tramvia stop “Cascine”

Join us for a friendly photography meet-up at Le Cascine on November 4th from 2-4pm. Organized by IntoFlorence in collaboration with CPiF, this afternoon of fall colors will be led by photographer Olga Makarova, who will be on hand to give us tips, answer our questions and show us a few tricks to get the perfect shot. This is not a lesson, but rather an excuse to get together, take some pictures and learn from each other. All levels and all cameras welcome–that includes smartphones! We’ll wrap up the afternoon with a coffee or a cocktail nearby.

To participate, send an email to info@intoflorence.com. Your 10euro participation fee goes entirely to Olga for sharing her time and expertise. Spaces are limited.

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Incontriamoci il 4 Novembre dalle 14 alle 16 alle Cascine per un pomeriggio di fotografia. Per questo “meetup” autunnale, organizzato da IntoFlorence in collaborazione con Creative People in Florence, saremo guidati dalla fotografa Olga Makarova che ci darà tante indicazioni, risponderà alle nostre domande, e ci farà vedere dei trucchi per ottenere lo scatto perfetto. Non sarà una lezione di fotografia, ma sarà un’occasione per trovarci insieme, fare delle foto e imparare l’uno dall’altro. Sono benvenuti tutti i livelli (dal principiante, al fotografo esperto) e tutte le macchine fotografiche–anche gli smartphones! A fine giornata concluderemo con un caffè o un cocktail.

Per partecipare, manda un’email a info@intoflorence.com. Il tuo contributo di 10 euro andrà direttamente a Olga per ringraziarla della sua disponibilità. Posti limitati.