Just a short drive from our home/studio in Camaiore is a restaurant that we’ve passed many times on our way to the sea; now we know better. Ristorante Il Campagnolo was a very pleasant surprise. Recommended by merchants in the nearby Capezzano Pianore Tuesday market, we gave it a try, and are glad we did. The interior is cozy and
Hi everyone. I am in the process of organizing Open Studio Jewellery Making Sessions in our studio in Camaiore, for the holidays. If a small group of you from Florence or elsewhere are interested in coming together, transportation to and from the Viareggio train station can be provided. I am available every weekend in December before Christmas for those who
Overcast but no rain; great weather for helping our friend Claire with her olive harvest here in Lucca province. One of the days highlights was lunch with a view over the valley, featuring a pasta sauce made using the olives direct from the trees - very tasty! I had picked olives in the past but never using the electric harvesters
What is it? Metallic lace ribbon, tubular mesh beading ribbon, wire ribbon, tubular metallic mesh ribbon, brass mesh ribbon… Known by many names, this product is very popular with Jewelry Designers and crafters throughout Europe and is quickly becoming a must for creative-minded people everywhere. The 6mm and 20mm tubular ribbon made in Italy is woven from brass, copper and/or
The town of Camaiore is located in a lush, green valley surrounded by hills and the northern Apennine mountains. Camaiore has Roman origins as one of the largest encampments near to the city of Lucca and was an important station along the Via Cassia. The origins of its name “Campus Maior” come from this. In the Middle Ages,
The lovely necklace pictured below was commissioned as a birthday gift for the partner of a good friend. It is a good example of how I use a person's birth chart to inspire me when I am creating a custom piece for someone's birthday. This particular lady is an Aquarius with major aspects in Cancer and Capricorn. Hence, the use
Sat. & Sunday September 2nd & 3rd 2017 in the historic center of Camaiore (Tuscany), Italy. A “chiamata ai costumi” invites shopkeepers and residents of the historic center to attend in medieval costume, and to adorn their homes and shops in old-world fashion. For those who would like to participate but
A visit to the mountain village of Casoli di Camaiore. Known as the “paese dei graffiti”, but in this case the graffiti are real works of art to be admired for their completeness and sophistication. Casoli is just a short drive from our town of Camaiore. Dedicated hiking trails lead to sheer mountain cliffs,
A 4-day Beginner level workshop with glass artist Tim James and jewelry designer Lily Morda. Price Includes: 12-hours of instruction in the ancient art of Glass Bead Making (lampwork) 3-hours of Jewelry Design instruction (using the beads you made) 4-hours of additional practice time at the torch (optional – offered after lunch)
Glass Art Workshops in Tuscany We offer professional glass bead making (lampwork / flamework) lessons in our Camaiore, Italy studio. Classes are taught by glass artist Tim James. Classes are listed below. On-site accommodation is also available in our Casa Siesta guesthouse. Join us!
“Tappeti di Segatura Colorata” are beautifully detailed “Rugs” that are hand created using colored sawdust. Twice annually they adorn the streets of Camaiore. This month the event is being held on June 17th & 18th. The process is amazing and the results incredible, and they work through the night to achieve them! See the video below
How much does anybody need? Without Bound: Perspectives on Mobile Living seeks to answer this question through testimonials from people who voluntarily live “off the grid” in any form of vehicle or mobile home. Noting that 47% of the average American’s take home pay is spent on housing, the film focuses on the imbalance of freedom versus comfort in modern
A must watch for all of those trying to figure out how to “be here now”. A beautifully put together and thoughtful piece. I watched it twice in two days and got more out of it the second time around…We look forward to part 2 promised to follow soon…Your comments after viewing this film would be much appreciated!
The notion of evolution and “natural selection” put forth by Darwin in the late 19th century is often taken for granted as truth. Of course, we have often seen Darwin’s theory refuted from a religious perspective… But what about from the perspective of science itself? This thought-provoking documentary
Mixed-Media Workshops: Working with a variety of materials to create one-of-a –kind pieces is a great way to unlock your creativity. Even if you are not an experienced artist or craftsperson, collage and other types of mixed-media techniques are fun and easy to learn,