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Venice celebrates craftsmanship with Italian high craftsmanship fair - Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023

Posted on09/28/2023 by

The first edition of the Salone dell'Alto Artigianato Italiano opens today in Venice, a unique event that will celebrate Italian art and craftsmanship in the heart of the lagoon, cradle of ancient crafts and know-how handed down through the centuries.

Promoted by the Municipality of Venice, organized by Vela Spa as part of the project "Venice and its lagoon: management and enhancement of tourist flows," and strongly desired by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro to enhance and promote Italian master craftsmen and the Venice Arsenal, the Salone dell'Alto Artigianato Italiano will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 with an exhibition of 100 artisans who, from North to South, will land in Venice, each bringing their own story of creativity, craftsmanship and excellence.

Aiming to raise awareness and appreciation of the intrinsic value of manual labor, highlighting the creativity and talent of master craftsmen, from different regions of Italy, the Italian High Craftsmanship Fair will be a true showcase of our country's craftsmanship excellence, and will boast a wide range of sectors: from fine fabrics to ceramic work, jewelry, blown glass, designer furniture and much more.

Each artisan will bring with them their cultural identity and regional traditions to grant visitors an exciting and evocative journey through colors and materials from every corner of Italy.

Among them will be Lombardy-based Arnaboldi Interiors, a family history that spans more than 90 years of tradition, interwoven with values of care, passion for aesthetics, and a corporate culture that is constantly renewing itself. From generation to generation, it has preserved its commitment to excellence, creating one-of-a-kind custom furniture, where each piece becomes an authentic work of art.

Then, from Puglia, Dimarmo, a young and dynamic company that embodies the encounter between designers and skilled craftsmen, will come up to the lagoon. This collaboration is based on the tradition of stone working but uses the innovative technique of lightened marble, as well as presenting a collection of distinctive seating, tables and accessories unique in personality and originality.

Giuliana Collu, with her ceramic creations called "i cocci," captures the magic of Sardinia, translating archaic symbols, sea and nature into irregular and geometric ceramic forms.

In another dimension of craftsmanship, Lombard Maria Francesca Broggini infuses 24-karat gold into her haute couture embroideries. Through its Aembrosia brand, Broggini will bring to the show ancient traditions brought to life in contemporary creations, including accessories and embroidered jewelry.

OVO, a Calabrian art design brand born from the collaboration of Maurizio Orrico and Enrica Vulcano, challenges the boundaries of art and design. The oxidation of metals becomes a unique medium, transformed into pieces of extraordinary beauty.

Check out all the exhibitors at the Italian High Craft Show: HERE
Glass beads and lace, intangible cultural heritages to be protected.

Among the excellent presences in the Arsenale, ranging across a wide variety of materials and provenances from different Italian regions, the Venetian glass bead-a reality rooted in the fabric of the lagoon and which, thanks to its uniqueness and specificity, has managed to gain international attention-and the art of lace, a centuries-old tradition that had its greatest expansion between the 500s and 700s, stand out.

The art of glass beads is closely linked to the wealth of knowledge and mastery of a material, glass, and an element, fire. This art, which brings together shared knowledge and well-established techniques, refers back to particular processes and craft tools and includes different stages and ways of working: through its different processes-"lampwork" beads (wrapping flame-melted glass around a metal rod), "reed" beads (cutting and grinding perforated glass rods), threading tiny glass beads (called conterie), kiln-making of glass rods.

Thanks to the commitment and stubbornness of a women's group, united under the name of the Committee for the Safeguarding of the Art of Venetian Glass Beads, the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO has officially included the art of glass beads in the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020.

An open-air glassblowing kiln will enchant visitors to the Arsenal.

Live demonstrations by Murano master glassmakers to discover the age-old art of glassmaking are scheduled from Thursday to Sunday, and a Murano art glass furnace will be present with a number of master glassmakers trying their hand at different production techniques.

The initiative is organized in collaboration with the Promovetro Murano Consortium and aims to raise awareness and focus public attention on the uniqueness of an industry and a tradition to be preserved, through the spectacular and fascinating creativity of the masters who carry on an age-old art. The kiln will be placed in the outdoor area in front of the Tese delle Nappe.

The demonstrations will be by masters of the Salviati glassworks, 4 Glass Murano, exhibitors among more than 100 at the Arsenal, as well as La Fornasotta.

Demonstrations will be held at the following times: Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Salviati) and 5 to 6 p.m. (4 Glass); Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. (4 Glass); Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (4 Glass) and 4 to 6 p.m. (Salviati); and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. (La Fornasotta).

The Salone, over the four days, will also be an opportunity to go on a discovery tour of all the other - small and large - excellences that make Italy a unique country. From the ancient goldsmith's workshop to the modern tailor's store that recycles used clothes and makes new ones in the name of sustainability, via the historic carpentry, travertine marble and textile company to the futuristic digital production laboratories.

Exhibitors will open the doors of their workshops with many demonstrations throughout the day to learn how things are made and by whom they are made, creative processes, tools, techniques and processes typical of the various regional territories. A journey into the culture of making between innovation and tradition.

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