21 March - March 25 2022 - Grant programme begins
Atelier degli Artigianelli, Via dei Serragli 104
This student grant programme involves a series of hands-on workshops for four young creatives from Cooperativa Il Girasole, a social co-op in the Oltrarno district. Inspired by snippets of Artemisia Gentileschi's letters, artist and poet Massimo Lippi will guide awardees in the creation of a hand-bound libro d'artista featuring watercolour and Tuscan-earth pigment illustrations. The book's cotton-pulp paper will be made entirely by hand at the Piccola Cartiera degli Artigianelli, via a traditional processing method and manual gluing, where Arno river-water is used as a binder. Its cover page will be decorated with Siminagash, Japanese for 'floating ink', an age-old art form. Participants learn book-binding, based on the Florentine tradition with Omero Benvenuti (Oltrarno book binder since 1967). Student creations will form part of Cooperativa Il Girasole's installation at the BRIDGES book art exhibition at Il Palmerino from May 5 to June 5 (afternoons on Thursdays to Sundays or by appointment) in which 10 international contemporary women artists respond to their historic counterparts.
This event is part of the Oltrarno Gaze 2022 programme calender organised by Il Palmerino and The British Institute of Florence, with a grant from the AWA Legacy Fund.