XXXIII edition of Artigianato ViVo
August 2012: 5th -15th
For 26 years this picturesque town in the foothills has been transforming itself into a unique setting: 120 master craftspeople from all over Italy take over the squares, streets, courtyards and arcades, demonstrating a vast range of techniques and products in a cheerful, lively atmosphere.
Cison di Valmarino - XXXIII
Artigianato Vivo. Below the castle that used to belong to
the Count Brandolini d'Adda family and now is the gaudy hotel,
Castelbrando in the charming village of Cison di Valmarino the
craftsfair, Artigianato Vivo was held. Over two
hundred craftsmen from all over Italy, selling items such as;
decorated ceramics, leather, mosaic, glass work, jewelry, wool,
felt and food items, took over every hamlet, nook and cranny of the
picturesque village in the foothills near Treviso for the annual
fair, now in its thirtieth edition. The event this year attracted
over 350,000 visitors over the two-week period. Though all artisans
are not worthy of mention, below are just three of the many that
Cuscini Naturali. Cuscini Naturali or natural pillows are made by the attractive, Vanna Bianchin who comes from the Friuli region, north of Venice. She makes organic pillows stuffed with spelt, millet and lavender, using natural materials in pretty stripes or plain linens that tie with ribbons or a zip.
The pillows. The organic pillows come in all shapes and sizes and are covered with pretty natural fiber cottons and linens. Vanna uses three stuffings: the spelt ones have exceptional health effects that are especially recommended for tension in the throat/neck area, backache and spinal problems, circulatory disturbances, migraines, sleeplessness, etc. The Millet ones conform to the sleeper's head and neck, offering support which may reduce or eliminate tension, stress and pain. And, the lavender ones are calming for the central nervous system and are helpful for sleeplessness, migraine and agitation.
The stuffing. A bowl of the organic spelt husk stuffing was on show.Gres alle Tre Palme. Potter, Cecilia Fontana and her maestro potter husband, Michael Schwarz are the duo behind Gres alle Tre Palme pottery. Cecilia started making pots just by chance encouraged by her husband, a former pupil of the great potters, Takeshi Yasuda and David Leach. And, having a flare for pottery Cecilia learnt quickly the art, which today, she also, as hobby, uses to create artistic pieces. "The ability of the potter melts together with the crafts of nature, earth and fire." she states.The stoneware. I was attracted to the Gres alle Tre Palme stall because the pottery reminded me of my youth in England and especially of Devon and Cornwall. I love the way the glaze drips from the rim and the different colors melt together. These rustic handsome sturdy jugs have a wide base and can be used for water or milk or would even look pretty with a big bunch of field flowers in them. The company's scope is to create functional and creative objects for the home. Their pieces can be ordered from Maga Maison or directly from Gres alle Tre palme.
They are accompanied by food
stands, music shows and theatrical performances until late at
night. Guided tours and didactic workshops.
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