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.