Mestieri d’Arte e di Gusto

March 5, 2014 / Events
Rome, Italy

The good folks over at Botteghiamo are at it again! (We wrote a note on them about a year ago here, take a look at the video towards the end.) This time they connected with Rome Accueil and will be throwing an event at the French Embassy, Palazzo Farnese on Friday the 7th, for Women’s Day (Sat.8th)

The event is called Mestieri d’Arte Mestieri di Gusto (roughly, Trades of Art and of Taste), and will feature a dozen or so women artisans whose fully functional and open-for-business botteghe (workshops) are located in central Rome. These accomplished women work in all sorts of formats and mediums that run the range from ceramics, textiles, glass etching, mosaics, wicker work, blown glass, metalsmithing and goldsmithing to purses and bags, lampshades, household items and other home decor.

Included here are some images of a few of Botteghiamo’s other recent events (Artigiani in Piazza at Palazzo Braschi, and Regalo d’Autore that they had before the Christmas holidays). Their efforts to promote and raise the awareness of the old trades in an eye-opening and contemporary style is truly commendable. While we know most of you are not in Italy, we thought you might enjoy seeing how well Botteghiamo has promoted artisans in the past. (And be sure to download their pdf free map of downtown Rome, below the fold on their homepage, that gives a description and the locations of all the traditional artisans and their workshops!)

Last we heard there were only a few spaces left for this Friday’s artisan’s event, but if you’re in Rome it should definitely be worth a try.

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by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

10 Responses to “Mestieri d’Arte e di Gusto”

  1. Joan Schmelzle

    Great pictures. They make me wish I was in Rome and had a spot for the artisan event. At the Palazzo Farnese too! I did the tour of the palazzo a few years ago. It was all in Italian or French, but I could still marvel at the pictures and we did have a sheet in English. Would definitely like to do that tour again–fall 2015 is coming!

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  2. Thank you for posting this GB- I wish something like this would be supported in Southern Italy, where it seems all the local handicrafts are slowly but surely disappearing.

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    • GB

      Maria, there’s good news… Botteghiamo began in Sorrento! They work with the intarsio artisans there regularly. They’re planning on adding more locations in Italy over time.

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  3. Melinda Jankord-Steedman

    Thank you, a thousand thanks! I kept scrolling down, marvelling at each new photo. I will print the map for our next trip to Roma. Grazie!

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  4. MARY JANE KELLEY

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. WISH I WERE THERE.
    THANKS FOR THIS POST.

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  5. Grazie’ mille! I wish I were in Rome this week, Italy this month. It looks like a wonderful event.

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  6. The craft trades are alive and well in New Hampshire where each year in Early August there is a huge Craft Fair. Also demonstrations of the crafts being sold. I don’t think that the food would measure up, however. Also in Washington. D.C. in April is the Smithsonian Women’s juried Craft Show. Very creative and lovely crafts of all kinds. It is wonderful to see the tradition of crafts maintained no matter in what country or area.

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  7. MARY JANE KELLEY

    THIS IS WONDERFUL. WISH I COULD BE THERE.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS POST. MARY JANE

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  8. Anstell Ricossa

    Thank you for showing us all the “artigiani” keeping these marvelous crafts alive !

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  9. Thanks for bringing my attention to Botteghiamo! I’ll be in Rome later in the year and will enjoy visitng some of these artigiani. I notice Botteghiamo also organises tours – this could be interesting!

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