CPiF Spring Workshop Series

Creative People in Florence is happy to announce the Spring Workshop Series hosted by The Creative Collective. The workshops are run by selected CPiF members and cover a wide variety of creative techniques and skills. Check out our workshop calendar below (updated monthly), and scroll down to check out our instructor bios and workshop descriptions. To sign up for a workshop email us at creativepeopleinflorence@gmail.com. All workshops take place at The Creative Collective in Via di Mezzo 6r.

CPiF Events and Workshops: May 2016

Sara Amrhein: Introduction to polymer clay


Sara is a contemporary jewelry artist from the United States and a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles California. A long-time resident of Florence, Sara works from her studio/store in Via di Mezzo where she makes her jewelry from polymer clay. In addition to her experience as a jewelry artist, Sara is also the co-founder of Creative People in Florence. See more here.

February 27 //11-17:00 // 50€ 
Introduction to Polymer Clay
An introductory lesson into the versatility and various uses of polymer clay. Learn how to condition, blend, texture, and create patterns through various techniques. Firing methods and finishing techniques will also be taught. You will create a work of your choosing and learn all steps necessary for its completion.  All materials are included. There will also be a break for lunch.

Mike Strunin: Business analysis and web development

Originally from Russia, Mike has been living in the greater Florence area for three years working in web development and textiles. Mike is an experienced front-end developer and designer, as well as a project manager.  His small business French Lace sells artisan lace all over the world.

March 2 // 7-9pm // free
INFO SESSION: Business Analysis and Web Development. Mike will present an overview of workshop topics designed for working artists and designers. Over the course of the information session he will outline areas in which he can help you develop your business and online presence. These topics will be covered futher in following workshops or one-on-one sessions, based on what individual participants feel would be most beneficial. This meeting is FREE and open to all.

Clara Nguyen: Terrariums, flower crowns, and bouquets

Clara is the owner of Cavale Studio, a jewelry line based in Chicago. She is a contemporary jewelry design student by day, a flower and plant enthusiast by midday, a voracious food blog reader by late afternoon, and a budding competitive trip booker by night. She loves to learn from others and share the knowledge that she has gained along the way.

March 10 // 7-9pm // 45€ 
Terrarium Building
This two hour workshop will open your eyes to the delightful world of terrariums. Participants will be guided in designing and building their own terrariums with a variety of materials.  Clara will offer design tips and teach participants to properly care for their terrariums to keep them happy and thriving for the future.  Please come prepared to get your hands dirty! All materials are included.

May 7 // Flower Crowns // pricing and time info coming soon
Have you ever wanted the chance to let out your inner flower child? Now is your chance! Come join Clara Nguyen for an hands-on lesson in different blooms, the greens, and the process behind making your own dreamy flower crown. All materials included.

Flower Bouquets // pricing and time info coming soon
Learn to make a gorgeous bouquet using Clara’s a simple but effective handheld technique. This technique allows you to make a more natural looking bouquet. You will learn the difference between the the kinds of flowers, greens, and tools. All materials included.

Olga Litvinova: Basic Sketching for Product Design 

Recent picture for my theatre cvOriginally from Moscow, Olga has a degree in Industrial Design (Middle East Technical University, Turkey), a masters degree in Interior Design (Florence), and since 2004 she has taught Industrial Design, Rhinoceros 3D, Manufacturing, Modelmaking and Furniture Design, and is currently an instructor at Florence Design Academy. She also collaborates with several design studios in Florence and Turin. For more information about Olga and her work, click here.

March 23 // 6-9pm // 30€

Level 1: Basic Sketching for Product Design.
The workshop will include an introduction to Olga’s works and a demonstration of 1, 2 and 3 point perspective. Students will learn the basics of:
-Geometrical analysis of an object and orthographics (squares, circles, rectangles, etc)
-2 point perspective based on geometry (cubes, prisms, spheres, etc)
-Basic 3d objects in space
-Sketching of a simple real object (ex. chair) in 2 point perspective
-Sketching of an imaginary object
Materials not included. Please bring an A3 sketchbook, pencils (H, HB, 2B), eraser, and a ruler.

Livia Quaresmini: Envelope clutch, T-shirt embellishing, Audrey Hepburn-inspired hat

Livia QuaresminiLivia studied fashion at the Machina Lonati Fashion and Design Institute and is currently a professor of various fashion disciplines at Florence’s Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici.  In addition, Livia is the co-founder of Fashionismas, and she also writes a fascinating blog on the fashion and costume history called A Fashion History.All workshops are designed by Il laboratorio del Made in Italy.

March 30 // 6-9 pm // 60€ (sewing kit included)
Couture T-Shirt

A t-shirt is not a just a simple garment. It’s a symbol of youth and freedom. T-shirts are white canvases where you can express your own creativity. This workshop will provide you with the skills to customize your plain t-shirt and making it a couture garment. Pull out a white t-shirt and all of those little things you’ve carefully hidden away in your drawers: buttons, pins, fabrics scraps, trim, lace, tulle, sequins, pearls. Whatever you want!

No experience necessary.

June 1// Envelope bag // details coming soon
During this workshop you will sew your own custom envelope bag. Starting from a pattern, you will learn how to cut fabrics and sew the bag together. You will then learn to apply embellishments to make it the most unique bag in your closet! No sewing skills needed.
Materials: Please bring old fabrics or old garments to use to cut the shape of the bag, buttons, sequins, pearls, or rhinestones to decorate your bag.

May 19 // Audrey Hepburn-inspired hat // details coming soon

Alexandra Wong: Contemporary watercolor techniques

11988287_10205346083913981_7493519172313456835_nAlexandra Wong is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Following her studies in fine art, she worked as an artist in San Fransisco and is now located in Florence, Italy. Alexandra is an intern for Sara Amrhein and Creative People in Florence.

April 13 // Contemporary Watercolor Techniques: details coming soon


CPiF: Associazione Culturale!

Associazione Culturale

Creative People in Florence is now a cultural association!

(Italiano sotto ↓)

It’s officially official! Over the past three years CPiF has quickly grown and flourished and with that so has the interest from outside institutions in our activities, events, and members. Being an official organization will help facilitate those relationships and offer more opportunities to our members and our community.

How will things change?
While our Facebook group, group aperitivi and other events will remain open to all as they are now, our current and future members will have the option of paying a small annual membership fee of 10 euro to join the cultural association. This will help support the running of CPiF and will allow us to create new opportunities for members to show their work, make contacts, and be involved in the creative community in Florence. As it has always been, membership is open to all artists, artisans, designers, performers, writers, scholars, and creative thinkers living in Florence or connected in some way to the city.
Soon, a new directory will also be added to our blog that will feature a careful selection of members of the cultural association who represent the very best of contemporary art and design in Florence. This will allow potential clients and collaborators to easily find members and and access their contact information all in one place.
Members will receive discounts on workshops run by CPiF (we have an awesome series coming up!), and we will also be working with local businesses to offer our members exclusive discounts reserved especially for CPiF–more news about that will be coming soon.

Our members are what make CPiF what it is–thank you all for your support!

If you would like to become an member of the cultural association, please get in touch, or drop by and see us at The Creative Collective in via di Mezzo 6r. creativepeopleinflorence@gmail.com


Creative People in Florence è finalmente un’Associazione Culturale!

Negli ultimi tre anni, parallelamente alla crescita di CPiF, l’interesse da parte delle istituzioni e di altre associazioni, verso le nostre attività e i nostri membri, è notevolmente aumentato.

Cosa cambia?

Considerando che il nostro gruppo Facebook, con i suoi eventi-aperitivo e tutte le sue attività peculiari, saranno aperti a tutti come sempre, i nostri membri avranno l’opzione di pagare una quota annuale di 10 euro per iscriversi definitivamente all’Associazione.

La tua quota di iscrizione ci aiuterà a sostenere l’andamento di CPiF e ci permetterà di creare nuove occasioni per i nostri membri, quali mostrare i propri lavori, fare contatti e far parte della comunità creativa di Firenze. Come sempre, il gruppo rimarrà aperto a tutti gli artisti, artigiani, designers, performers, musicisti, scrittori e creativi di tutti tipi che abitano a Firenze o che in qualche modo sono collegati alla città.

Aggiungeremo, a tal proposito, una nuova “rubrica” al sito che raccoglierà una selezione di membri dell’Associazione che rappresenterà il meglio delle arti contemporanee a Firenze. Il Member Directory permetterà a potenziali clienti o collaboratori di trovare e contattare più facilmente i nostri membri.

In più, mentre i membri avranno anche degli sconti esclusivi sui workshops gestiti da CPiF, noi collaboreremo attivamente con negozi, locali e istituzioni per offrire ulteriori agevolazioni. Altre informazioni seguiranno a breve.

I nostri membri sono la forza di CPiF–grazie infinite per il tuo sostegno!

Ti vuoi iscrivere al gruppo? Scrivici a creativepeopleinflorence@gmail.com, o vieni a trovarci in Via di Mezzo, 6r.


Celebrating Life and Small Things: Tania Timkova and Maria Riazanova


CPiF loves a good collaboration story, so we got together with Maria Riazanova and Tania Timkova to talk about EaTravel and learn about how a life-long friendship turned into a growing events company focused on slow living and unique experiences in Italy, South Africa, and Ukraine. From workshops, to private dinners, to parties, Maria and Tania bring together creative people from diverse fields to create tailor-made events aimed to inspire.

EaTravel has a delicious new event coming up on May 29th, 2016 called Springtime Gathering. To learn more about the event, click here.

CPiF: How did you meet, and when did you start developing the concept of EaTravel?

IMG_6244Tania: We’ve known each other for almost 20 years, since elementary school, and we’ve been very close friends for the last 10 years. The idea of EaTravel came to us a couple of years ago when, having traveled quite a lot around Italy, we decided that we wanted to share some hidden gems, cool places, and local producers with people. First we were thinking about organizing bespoke tours, but later the concept of EaTravel events developed.

IMG_8110Maria: It took us almost a year to start actually get started. Everything began from an idea and a spark of inspiration! I remember seeing some amazing pictures taken in unknown Venetian palazzo in my Instagram feed. At the time I was in my hometown in Ukraine planning my upcoming trip to South Africa, and seeing those very special photos was really serendipitous. I wanted to organize such a special magical feast myself. By that time Tania was already in Cape Town and I immediately dropped her a short message “Let’s organize our first South African dinner!”, and one month after that we were celebrating the beginning of African autumn with a beautifully styled dinner in Cape Town.

What is the EaTravel mission?

T: Our mission is to celebrate life and small things. We want to remind the world (and ourselves) that happiness is created by simple details, curiosity and a bit of inspiration, and that the everyday routine can be turned into something exciting. We believe creativity comes in different forms: from making something with your hands to simply appreciating food and wine.

M: We also aim to promote small local producers by involving them in our events, gathering everyone around the table to be part of a true adventure.


Who makes up the EaTravel team? What are your specific roles?

T: We run EaTravel together, and we share all the duties by learning to support, delegate, listen to each other. We are really good friends, and we trust each other completely, but we also know it is important to divide work and friendship.

M: In Italy we couldn’t imagine working without our good friend Caterina Tiurina. She is a sommelier and helps to choose the best wines for our events. For every event we look for new IMG_7877locations and people such as cooks, winemakers, local producers, florists, decorators and travel agents. All these people, even if for one only event, become a part of our team. Our small team reminds me of a little family restaurant or a pastry shop where we do everything from A to Z. It’s a pleasure for us to participate in every phase of the process: from planning the event, inviting people, and working in social media, to decorating, cooking, and taking photos…in a few words “creating magic” – that’s how I describe it.

IMG_6789How do you marry your passion for a slow-living experience with a successful business model?

T: Modern economics is based on emotions and impressions. We try to unite things that we like: educational aspects, small beautiful details, good food and wine, meeting new people, inspiring each other. Bringing these aspects together in each specific event, we create a unique experience where you not only learn new things, but also celebrate with other people and listen to their stories. Our guests tell us that they leave the events being inspired and motivated to learn and create, and some creative collaborations have even been born afterwards. We believe that these kind of events are something people are ready to pay for.

M: We are still at the very beginning of this adventure, but the key is planning and working hard. We both have a graduate degree in International Management, so in theory we know what to do to make it work. We are putting our knowledge into practice.

What makes EaTravel different from other tour or experience travel options?

IMG_6761T: Our main distinctive feature is that each event reflects us, the creators, in some way — our hobbies, our vision, the things we like. I can say with confidence that we put all that we are into every event, so you can feel a bit of “soul’ in them. We create a warm atmosphere, as if we were welcoming people into our own house. For this reason we tend to keep our events small and “homey” for now.

M: Our approach and personal experiences set us apart. We create tailor-made events not only in Italy, but also in South Africa and Ukraine where we are originally from. For us EaTravel is an attempt to unite everything we love – our passion for all beautiful things, photography, the right lighting, delicious food, and the philosophy of wine and coffee.

What is the starting point or inspiration for an event? A location? A certain dish? A client?

IMG_4628T: Inspiration may come from a concrete person, or a certain location. It may happen that we learn about someone’s story and want to meet this person and share his/her creative views with others, and develop the event from there.

M: Sometimes inspiration also comes from an expert like a cook or a blogger, or even from an idea for a table setting. And of course you are right – the clients also dictate their rules!

How would you describe the visual design concept behind your events?

T/M: We design every event according to the focus of the experience and to the location where it is held. Some venues don’t need any specific design, all the we need is to add music and candles, some places require a bit of an elegant touch. We are Pinterest fans 🙂IMG_7636

We love that you involve local artisans in your events. Can you tell us a bit about some of your past and future collaborations?

T: This summer we celebrated a slow living experience with the fabulous Irene Berni from Valdirose Bed and Breakfast. If you are following us on Instagram you will have seen lots of lovely photos from our Summer Garden Gathering. At the beginning of August we also started collaborating with the amazing KmZero Tours and hosted a private dinner in their house. This week everyone is welcome to join us for the Sweet September Gathering at their country home Montrogoli.

IMG_4629We are also planning several events in Cape Town, South Africa, and later next spring – new dinners, workshops (and something bigger) in Italy. Follow us for updates.

M: I would also love to mention the producers with whom we have worked previously: cheese-makers from San Gimignano Forme d’Arte and wine-makers Poggio al Bosco from Tuscany. They believed in us and supported our idea at the very beginning of our Italian collaboration. We are also going to collaborate with some Florentine artisans to create uncommon tours in Florence. We are still working on that so I won’t reveal all our secrets now.


Tell us more about your upcoming event, Sweet September Gathering on September 25. Who is involved and what can your guests look forward to?

T: You can expect a pastry workshop from our friend Emanuela Regi from Dolce Peonia, a tasty buffet with wine from local Tuscany producers, and a hands-on cooking experience. And of course, nice music, Chianti landscapes, professional photos and small surprises for each guest are also included.

IMG_7726M: It will be really a lovely event in Chianti with a cozy candlelit atmosphere. Anyone who is interested in learning to cook simple yet delicious desserts is welcome!

Aside from attending one of your events, how can Creative People members get involved with EaTravel? Are you interested in meeting artisans, artists or other creatives to collaborate with?

T: Definitely! We are constantly looking for creative people, no matter from which field! Of course we are focused on food and wine producers, cooks and small artisans, but we are planning future bigger events where the musicians, artists, photographers etc. can be involved. So just shout out, and let’s get to know each other!

For more information about EaTravel and upcoming events:
Email: info@justeatravel.com
Facebook: facebook.com/eatravelnow
Instagram: @_eatravel


For more information about Tania and Maria:
Tania Timkova: I am 27, born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, and have been traveling between South Africa and Italy for the last 4 years. I studied management and used have an office job, but some years ago I found my calling as a wedding photographer. I never get tired of shooting unconventional intimate ceremonies and organizing them as well. I am a dreamer and a doer (I hope). I like traveling, reading, cooking for friends and having long talks over a glass of wine. EaTravel is a true reflection of what I appreciate in life–home, friends, beauty, talented people and nice food.

Instagram: @tania_timk

Maria Riazanova: I’m 26 years old and proudly Ukrainian. I love to talk but I find it embarrassing to talk about myself. I used to work in an office but I soon understood that I wasn’t made for that life, so I quit and bought a ticket to Italy. Now I live between Florence and Odessa and have recently added another place on the globe to the collection of places that I call home – dreamy Cape Town. Photography is an essential part of my life. I’m still looking for my personal style and niche but I’m sure this hobby will be always with me. I have so many interests that I hardly find free time to cover them all: dancing, fashion illustration, collage, foreign languages, reading…it’s an endless list! I love the idea of my own home and happy big family…maybe not now but one day. I love seeing a big group of people around the table. I think that sharing food is such an intimate act, and I truly believe that every day can be a feast, even without any particular reason.

Instagram: @mary_riazanova


We first met Maria and Tania when they participated in the CPiF Instagram takeover project this summer. To see the images they shared, and to see who else has shared a glimpse of contemporary Florence, follow us @creativepeopleinflorence.

CPiF at Florence Design Week

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The countdown to Florence Design Week is on!  Highlighting the diversity of our members and of the contemporary arts in Florence, we are proud to be a part of Creative Cities, the sixth edition of Florence Design Week celebrating international design, innovation, and collaboration.  From May 27-31 Creative People in Florence will be hosting SEVEN EVENTS featuring more than 20 of our members within the official Florence Design Week calendar.  Here is a little preview of what the CPiF Team is working on.  More information, official Florence Design Week map, and event invitations to come…


Thursday May 28th

La Serra MK Textile Atelier Via Salvestrina 1 — dalle ore 16 – 19 Special Summer Event — Presentation of Homeware and Furniture Collection for Summer 2015 /// Special Summer Event — Presentazione della collezione Estate 2015 Regular Opening Times//Orario di apertura generali: 28-30 Maggio – dalle 15-18  Click for EVENT INVITATION

The White Garage Via Guelfa 114r – dalle ore 18:00 – 21:00 *Open only on May 28th /// Aperto solo il 28 Maggio* Exhibition of international artists working in Florence — meet the artists/designers – cocktail reception /// Mostra di artisti internazionali a Firenze – incontro con gli artisti/designer – aperitivo Artists: Jeanne-Isabelle CornièreAnna RoseEmanuele BaciocchiSilvia NoferiMarika MarcheseMargherita VerdiMeri IacchiMarzia CelleriniNaomi Muirhead  Click for EVENT INVITATION

Officine Nora – Via dei Preti 2-4r a partire dalle 19:00 Aperitivo Speciale: Souvenir–The public is invited to participate in and become a part of the creation of an object or a piece of jewelry that holds memories of both the evening and of Florence itself. /// Il pubblico sarà invitato a partecipare, ad assistere o a diventare parte della creazione di un oggetto o un gioiello che porti con sé emozioni e ricordi, un souvenir di Firenze e della serata. Con Margherita de Martino Norante, Valentina Caprini, e Tinka Loncar. Regular Opening Times//Orario di apertura generali: 27-31 Maggio — 11-14 e 15-20  Click for EVENT INVITATION.

Friday May 29th

Le Murate  @ 19.30
All are welcome.

Saturday May 30th

Anna Rose Via dei Fossi 4 — dalle ore 17:00 – 19:00 Installazione vivente prodotto in collaborazione con orafa Cadia Romano e fotografa Olga Makarova— shooting fotografico — performance artistica — rinfresco /// Living installation produced in collaboration with jewelry designer Cadia Romano and photographer Olga Makarova — photoshoot — live performance — reception Regular Opening Times//Orario di apertura generali: 28-30 Maggio — dalle 12 – 17

Sara Amrhein Firenze Via di Mezzo 6 : dalle 19 – 21 ‘Rebels & Roses’ – store display design installation and hand sculpted polymer clay jewelry by Sara Amrhein. Living mannequins with fashion designer Florien Becking  –Photobooth by photographer Dorin Vasilescu — Display of letterpress posters printed by *Ink different on the theme “Rebel Cities” – And unique jewelry and furniture made by Naomi Muirhead with vintage maps, letters and photo. Cocktail reception /// Esposizione  Multidisciplinare – allestimento negozio con installazione e esposizione di gioielli scolpiti a mano in pasta polimerica da Sara Amrhein. Manichini  viventi con fashion designer Florien Becking -Mostra di manifesti stampati a caratteri mobili da *Ink Different sul tema “Città Ribelli”- e gioielli unici e mobili realizzati da Naomi Muirhead con mappe d’epoca, lettere e foto. Cocktail Reception

Sunday May 31st

La Corte Arte Contemporanea Via de’ Coverelli 27 — dalle 18 – 21 Hybrid : Ibrido Closing Party /// Finissage /// Aperitivo Group exhibition of a selected group of Creative People in Florence members, including photography, projection, video, sculpture, and art objects /// Mostra collettiva di artisti selezionati da Creative People in Florence, con fotografia, proiezione, video, sculture e oggetti d’arte.  Con Sara Amrhein, Erin Ciulla, David Hartono, Beatrice Mancini, Anna Rose Regular Opening Times//Orario di apertura generali: 27-31 Maggio — dalle 15-19