Creative People in Florence Map: Open Studio Series

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

For more information, email us at creativepeopleinflorence@gmail.com

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 


Spotlight: Laura Wandry

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Meet silversmith and jewelry designer Laura Wandry.

Over the course of earning her B.F.A. in graphic design in the United States, Laura´s studies took her to Mullsjö, Sweden. It was in Mullsjö that she first experienced working with silver.

After completing her degree, Laura was employed at an advertising agency in California for four years. It was then that she met her Swedish husband and moved to Sweden. In her 26 years in Sweden, Laura ran a successful graphic design firm, working with both Swedish and American companies.

It was in 1992 that Laura’s passion and appreciation for metals was born after taking various silversmithing classes. In 2009, Laura and her silversmithing instructor began teaching metal-smithing courses in Tuscany, Italy. During each course, the students not only had the opportunity to design and make their own jewelry, but also were able to take inspirational trips through-out Tuscany, visiting sculpture, silver and goldsmith studios. One such trip led them to Florence, Italy.

In 2011, Laura was accepted as a silversmith apprentice in a Swedish handcraft training program, which allowed her to study in both Sweden and Florence. As a professional jewelry designer, she now spends her time between the two countries, utilizing new techniques to enhance her craft. The beauty of Italy continues to provide new inspiration for Laura, which, when teamed with the simple elegance of Scandinavian design and her graphic design background, lend an architectural feel to her collections. In Florence Laura has found a new home where she shares a studio with silversmiths from Italy, France and Slovenia.  Don’t miss the next Studio Visit on May 28th with Laura and her studiomates, Tinka Loncar, Chiara Di Filippis. Claudia Romano, and Marilene Beneduce

For more information about Laura and her work, visit her website, or find her on Facebook.

 

 


Spotlight: Tinka (Martina) Lončar

Meet Tinka! A brilliant art historian and incredibly imaginative jewelry artist from Slovenia. I had the pleasure of meeting Tinka at a Creative People in Florence Studio visit, and yes, she in fact as lovely as her name suggests. As a fellow jewelry artist, Tinka and I became fast friends and had lots to talk about. A few days later she stopped in visit me in my studio and we were able to chat more about her work. It is filled with little surprises and is much more than meets the eye. Hidden inside each piece is a story, a memory or a reference. Charming and delicate, complex and beautiful, Tinka’s personality shines through her work. Here is what she had to say about it:

You can learn more about Tinka and her works here :www.martinaloncar.com

“I started making jewellery when I lost one earring, a gift from a dear friend, so I made a new one.    I enjoyed making it so much that I’ve never stopped.

Every piece has its own story, in each work you will find that child, from my early years, when I was playing with beads. Very soon the usual materials did not fit my needs and I started to use objects from antique markets, from grandma’s attic or from my father’s tool box. As art historian I like to use the essential qualities of artistic styles to express myself and to underline my idea.

I understand jewellery as visual medium with a personal message. The meaning is fulfilled only when jewellery is being worn.

My passion is to find a form that combines concept, function and beauty. All my work is a result of personal experiences; the use of different materials and techniques enables me to create an interpretation with maximum luminosity.

About  the Collections:

Eyes: This collectinon was inspired by Antoine de Saint Exupery, Le Petit Prince(1943): ”The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.”I used doll’s eyes, found on antique market, wallnut or haselnut shell, leather, enamel, nail polish.

Almost sculptures: At the beginning I used mainly wax to sculpt, step by step I prefer reaching the form directly out of metal. The pieces tend to be realistic and mainly all of them have strong symbolistic meaning.

Minimal , kinetic, egocentric… it is the other part of my work. I am striving to reach the pure essence of a jewell : a mechanism harmoy, motion, double face, pure lines, reflection of stones and simple but strong estetic statements.


Spotlight: Margherita Pandolfini

me in the studioMeet Margherita, textile designer and co-founder of La Serra MK Textile Atelier.  The studio, an old green house in the historic Palazzo Pandolfini, is flooded with sunlight and overlooks the garden—an absolute dream.  Margherita and La Serra’s co-founder Karl Jorns produce one-of-a-kind soft furnishings for the home. They design all of their unique products in the studio with the highest quality fabric and pigments, using a variety of techniques from screen printing, to hand painting and block printing. The use of color, material and form are key elements to each piece. Each product is thought through from concept to end to reflect their unique design personalities, their surroundings in Florence, and their experiences abroad. News coming soon about her Studio Visit on April 10.

I asked Margherita to answer a few questions about her work and the upcoming Pop Up event she’ll be hosting in May.

How did your training in art and your work experience in fashion bring you open your own textile design studio? Is this something that you’ve always wanted to do?

me printingI trained as a sculptor but I was always interested in colour, design, fashion and I wanted to combine all these elements together. Its been a gradual step and after many years working in different creative fields, it all come together very naturally.  I have always wanted to make something happen and work for myself using my creative talents but never knew it was going to be in textiles. I would like in the future to combine my textiles with fine art.

I know you work with clients both here in Florence and abroad. How do you build and maintain those contacts?

I use a lot social media and our FB page its very helpful to meet new clients, as well as LinkedIn. I met recently a very talented illustrator. We are talking about collaborating. I also meet new clients through our studio events and my travels to London. To build and maintain them its hard work just emailing, keeping the FB page updated and creating events such as the Pop Up Store, or our seasonal events such as the Christmas Event. We are also looking into doing an Easter one.

Your studio is incredible, the kind I know I dream about having. Can you tell us a little about the history of the space, and how you hope to use it in the future?

Thanks for the lovely compliment. Yes it’s a wonderful space and it feels like my baby. It all started in 2009 when I came to Florence, I had just met my business partner through an old job of mine working in a vintage store. He was looking into setting up a studio and I wanted to make something happen. Looking out into the garden we saw this space and it hadn’t been in use for many years and was completely abandoned so we thought, Hey, lets get this space cleaned up!The few months it took us to make it up and develop it into a studio were the best months, knowing we were building a creative space to work in. Its been changed and updated in the last few years. We keep on styling it and changing things around. We are currently renting work spaces too. At the moment we are sharing with a bag designer, an architect, and a tights designer. We are hoping in the future to produce more wonderful work and to create more exciting events to promote our work and that of others. I want to see the space as a dynamic hub for designers to work, showcase and collaborate.

Can you tell us a little more about the Pop Up event?

We would like to promote our work and give the possibility of young designers to showcase their work in our space and to create a link and dialogue between designers living and working in Florence. That’s how Pop Up Florence came about. We are working with other two designers to make this event happen. It will take place over three days, with an Opening Event and a Closing one. Its by invitation only and we want it to be a social event for selling and work-related networking.  Each designer has his or her own stand. We feel this is a great opportunity to gather a selection of young exciting designers together under one roof.

Anything else we should know about you and your work?

Our products are all personally thought through from the initial concept to the final piece. We aim to produce exclusive, unique pieces as well bespoke products.  From our range of designs we create special hand made home wares.

For more information about Margherita and La Serra MK Textile Atelier, click here, or like the Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest news.  

Margherita also rents out work space in her studio.  If you’re interested, get in touch with her at margherita.mktextileatelier@gmail.com. 

 


Studio Visits

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April 10, 2014:  Margherita Pandolfini

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Come meet Margherita and see her studio, La Serra MK Textile Atelier.  For more information, check out our Spotlight feature.  See you there!  RSVP here.

Check out more great photos of the Studio Visit on A Dusty Olive Green, a blog by Creative People co-founder and photographer Birgitte Brøndsted.

Are you as in love with this space as I am?  Margherita also rents out work space in her studio.  If you’re interested, get in touch with her at margherita.mktextileatelier@gmail.com.

March 28, 2014:  OCAD University

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Photo by Nick Vo

Come see the work of 23 emerging Canadian artists! Via Nazionale 7.  See you there!
Leila Tisdall
Sara Lauzon
Nadia Kuzmicz
Abbey Gagnon
Scottie Thatcher
Charlotte Peters
Erin Shadoff
Maxwell Hyett
Amy He
Liana Tarantini
Alexandra Votsis
Gabby Frank
Samantha Robbie-Higgins
Erin Milks
Meaghan Barry
Sophie Paas-Lang
Tuesday Heenan
Keight MacLean
Sara England
Liam Marshall
Jessica Crupi
Nick Vo
Allison Morris

March 6, 2014:  Offic Lab (Officina Laboratorio Ceramica)

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Come meet Enzo and Chris at the gorgeous Offic Lab ceramics studio, and hear about the work they do and their ideas for collaboration with all of you! Share your ideas, have a glass of wine, and meet other creative people…Don’t miss it!  Please r.s.v.p here.

Read more about Offic lab on their blog.
Check out the Spotlight on Enzo.
February 22, 2014: Jessica Russo Scherr

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See more of Jessica’s work here: bluelavaart.com
Click here to r.s.v.p.

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February 15, 2014:  Maria Louise Kobberholm Sveistrup @ FUK Florence Unpopular Kafé, Via Verdi 19r

Come check out Maria’s show at FUK and hear about her world travels, what brought her to Florence, and her current work.  We will meet first for an aperitivo at 7:30pm at Rex (via Fiesolana 25r) and then head to FUK (via Verdi 19r) at 9pm.  Please join us! To r.s.v.p., click here.

Click here to learn more about Maria’s work.

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November 29, 2013:  Anna Rose and Marisa Garreffa @ via dei Fossi 4

Anna Rose www.annamrose.com

Marisa Garreffa www.mondodicorpo.com.au

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November 15, 2013: Patrik Lundell @ Volume

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November 20, 2013: Sara Amrhein and Jiseo Kim @ Sara Amrhein Contemporary Art Studio

Sara Amrhein www.sara-amrhein.com

Jiseo Kim www.jiseo.blogspot.it

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October 23, 2013: Erin Ciulla and Victoria DeBlassie @ Legatoria Il Torchio

Erin Ciulla:  www.legatoriailtorchio.com

Victoria DeBlassie:  www.victoriadeblassie.com


Spotlight: Vincenzo Formisano

This week we are excited to introduce you to Enzo and Offic Lab, Officina Laboratorio Ceramica (via Nardo di Cione 6, near Piazza Beccaria).

Here is what Enzo has to say about about his work, his beautiful work space, and life in Florence….

I’m Italian born on the sunny side (Naples), and I moved to Florence 14 years ago. Now I’m a ceramist, specializing in Italian Renaissance painted pottery that we call majolica. I have my own atelier where I do my artwork, and I also give classes to a very uneven population ranging from foreign teenagers to lovely Italian grandmothers, including some international artists.

The project that I’m trying to realize, with the essential help of my partner Chris, is not to create a traditional school, but an open studio where everyone can express his own creativity with our technical assistance.

We like to think that our core business is not pottery but relationships, a cultural melting pot for people from all over the world that you can meet in Florence.

We take beautifully designed plates and jars and sculptures out of the kiln, but I received the best compliment when an Israeli art teacher told me: “this is not a place for painting, this is a place for healing”.

The web is a main resource for us, and the blog and the Facebook page are the only advertising we do, believing in a kind of serendipity that keeps creative people in touch.

The Creative People in Florence group is fueling our fantasy as we are imaging and hoping to plan jam sessions with other artists, playing music while others are working clay, taking photographs, and any other creative ideas you suggest to set up at the Offic Lab studio.

To learn more about Offic Lab, see more photos of Enzo and his students’ work, get info about working in the studio, and find out about upcoming events, check out their Facebook page and blog.  Also, look out for news about the upcoming Studio Visit on March 6!


Spotlight: Jessica Russo-Scherr

Jessica Russo Scherr (formerly Perry) is an American artist who has actively exhibited work internationally. Her artwork is about personal experiences and the relationship between people, environment and objects. It is a physical model for stages, emotions, and dilemmas in life, documenting progress and resistance. She uses nature, architecture, the human body, a portrait or a representation of herself, to give form to psychological states or emotional experiences. These images often focus on duality, protection, personal evolution, development, healing and growth and how it relates to different stages of life, memory and reflection. These stages are depicted in social and spiritual situations. She uses a variety of media to translate these concepts, including painting, drawing, photography, digital illustration and collage.  Jessica earned her BFA from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, her Post BA teaching certification from Montclair State University and she attended the MFA program at William Paterson for 2 years and earned a 4.0 for her Masters of Arts in Art Education from Boston University. During 2007-2008.  Jessica was granted the Fulbright Award for Bratislava, Slovak Republic. This award afforded her the opportunity to teach in the oldest art school in Europe. She currently teaches art in Florence, Italy.

She is currently working on a series of commissions with a real estate development company in Panama. This is a series of works for an equestrian mountaintop development. The company is called The Alps of panama. http://panamaalps.com/

View her work at www.bluelavaart.com or on Facebook:  Jessica at Bluelavaart. Order Prints at http://www.saatchionline.com/bluelava

Stay tuned for information about the upcoming Studio Visit with Jessica on February 22.