In 2014 I took part in a three week residency to develop and make new work for Da Volterra Werkstatt. With seven other artists in the beautiful surroundings of Villa Le Guadelupe, in Volterra, Italy, I made a movement film with film maker Emma Macey, a series of charcoal drawings and began a collection of gold and silver jewellery. The collection of works was shown at Teatro Persio Flacco, in Volterra, October 2014, at Castel in Montepulciano, December 2014, and will be taken to Eunique, the craft and design fair in Germany, May 2015.
Florence is You! magazine preview November December 2014:
Art, Craft & Design A brand new Label for items of quality
“da Volterra Werkstatt”, brought to life in March 2014, aims at emphasizing the local resources building on the cultural wealth of Volterra and on its creative potential for the benefit of stimulating new works in interaction of art, craft and design. The Collection 2014, first presented in October in the beautiful Teatro Persio Flacco of Volterra, comprise sculptures, jewelry, objects of daily use and furnishings, designed or rather created on site by internationally renowned artists, craftsmen and designers from different tendencies, joined by the passion for the region. They principally relied on materials in which Volterranean and Tuscan tradition are rooted, first of all precious metals, stone, wood, clay and of course alabaster. By bridging the polarity of tradition and contemporary trends, getting inspiration also from the vitality, the thematic richness and the design vocabulary of the Etruscans who have marked the magnificent history of Volterra, the objects surprise by the inherent creative idea, by beauty of material and form. In manufacturing “da Volterra Werkstatt” collaborates with premises based in Tuscany, like laboratories and craftsmen’s establishments. The label “da Volterra Werkstatt” stands for objects designed as a unique work or as a limited edition, signed by the artist, and created for people with esprit and tastes who appreciate the special things. “By this initiative we want to give an impulse both to Volterra and the territory uniting creative forces to join the world”, say the founders Dirk Oelbermann and Klaudia Ruschkowski. In collaboration with experts from art and design and with regional partners like Gattavecchi winery in Montepulciano or Alchimia contemporary jewelry school in Florence, “da Volterra Werkstatt” tries to open up new paths and horizons.