Thursday, June 30, 2011

Italian Style (Stile Italiano) Letterpress Studio

Alessandro Zanella’s very cool studio.

This post is long overdue by the way. In early spring I was invited for an informal gathering in a little village called Santa Lucia ai Monti in the province of Verona, Italy. Alessandro Zanella lives and works here from his studio, and is an interesting figure known for his 1854 Stanhope handpress which he prints limited ed. books from.

So, before the relatively small group of 30 interested headed off to lunch in a nearby risto, we had the chance to check out his studio and have an apèritif (my one clearly demonstrated in the photo above). Having started my own printing lab at home, I love looking at other people’s workspace and what makes them tick. I also marvel at the massive organization a printer should have which, I think, reflects on the work they produce.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend Rambling | Summer: Take 1


Summer is here and I’ve managed to get lost for hours in my home print studio. Here’s to the first week of summer! Biking, parking and enjoying a nice breeze in a patio garden somewhere.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Slow Food Celebrating 25 Years

Today I spent with Slow Food (promoting local and seasonal food traditions) volunteering and partaking in the events organized for the community where I live. In actual fact, this event took place in varying degrees in 300 squares all over Italy.

Everything kicked off before lunch in a little gallery where some of Slow Food’s magazines and covers were blown up and exhibited (I quite like their food photography and layout for their publication). One of the founding members of Slow Food was there to share how his hobby as a photographer developed into something more serious even if Slow Food is a non-profit organization.

Later in the afternoon presidia (to help promote local artisan food production), a sensory education (adult and children blindfolded to guess what they smelt or tasted) and general information booths were set up. My role today was to pass out flyers to people who were at best very keen or in the least interested in (slow) food. During my stint as volunteer I encountered a 9 year old girl, daughter of one of the salami producers, who was more than happy to help pass out flyers, and before I knew it my huge stack had dwindled.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Paper Cut

Played with i-movie this morning and put together a super mini (35 sec. footage x 3) with my darling 3.5 megapix camera.

Paper cut: French handmade 100% rag ///Arches paper