Long time no see~ Now that is already the fifth week since we came back from the holiday, time goes really fast, and I really cherish the only 3 months that has left to stay here.
FIT in Florence held an academic trip to Paris last week, FOR 4 DAYS!!! Do not be jealous It was a really really great experience and I really enjoyed it! This is also another reason I love this campus, we have a lot of chance to go explore different places, since I am a Fashion Design major students, I got to explore Milan last semester during the Fashion Week, and I got to see the yarn trade show Pitti Filatti with teacher 2 weeks ago, and in Paris, we went to Premiere Visione, which are all the top cities and shows! I am really grateful to have all this chances!
Since I am also the member of FLorence Abroad Study Activities group, I would like to post a event in Paris, was held by our group, which is the Cruise trip! We did this trip at the first day in Paris, everybody signed up, and looks like there are no regrets, everybody had lots of fun! First of all, it was a really beautiful night, although it was a bit cold if you stay on the deck, but we did it anyway, because the night view in Paris is so amazing! I would say is a city with sparkles of lights! There are sparkles everywhere, and lights on the historical bridges, we passes all the historical monuments, along with the audio speaking of telling us the history and interesting stories about this city, I melt, I bet others too… <3
And when we saw the Effiel Tower sparkled.
Everybody has a great weekend!
Many of us spent the break traveling around or went home. We have come back felling refreshed and ready for a new semester. During Christmas I had the wonderful opportunity of spending the holiday with a Sicilian Family, where we basically sat at the table half of the day, between breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner; enjoying not only the food but also the intense conversations. Moreover we spent the other half of the day harvesting and picking the fruits and vegetables to be used.
Now back in Firenze, I keep falling more and more in love with it, rediscovering new places with a different perspective. I might not be a local, but getting outside the student FIT bubble has truly helped me to absorb further the culture in addition to get to know myself better.
After a lovely 4 weeks of break, we are all once again back in Florence for the spring semester. Traveling around Europe was awesome, but is nice to be back in the familiar streets of Firenze. It is so strange how a city that was completely foreign four months ago, now feels like home.
For our first week of classes, we were already up to speed! During our first flats and technical specs class we visited Filati Pitti, a yarn and textile trade show at the Fortezza di Basso. Similar to the White trade show in Milan, this event showcased the newest and most modern forms of textile production. All the different producers opened my eyes to all the possibilities within knit-wear and textile. I know many of us were inspired to incorporate new forms of knits into our showcase for Massimiliano Giornetti In April. Here are some photos from the showrooms!
Metallic sheep for Metallic wool. So cute!
Some close ups of the cool new knits.
Palazzo Tornabuoni is s far one of the most magnificent places I have been lucky to visit during my stance in Florence. Big chandeliers, high ceilings and classic decoration make the place very inviting. The Palazzo is a restored building from the fifteen-century, what was back in that time an actual Medici residence. It is now a residence club; there are 38 apartments in total, 27 residences and 11 club residences. It took four years for the Palazzo to be restored and it shelters works of art and an incredible architecture collected from the previous owners as Alessandro Medici and the Renaissance Pope Leo XI.
During the visit we were explained how the idea of the club became successful, which is run by the Four Seasons Hotel. To become a member there’s fee to pay yearly and you acquire 3 weeks per year or you can also buy one of the residences starting at the modest price of 1.7 million dollars. There are members from all over the world, currently about 80 memberships and 11 apartment owners, a lot of them being around the age of retirement and have decided to move to the heart of Florence.
The manager also shared his story. How in his beginnings after graduating with a degree of tourism and hospitality he was working at a front desk in a hotel in Milan and eventually made his way to Florence and was offered the position as a Manager for the Palazzo. It is refreshing to hear stories from people that are humble and start from the bottom up, it encourages us students to follow our dreams.
Last monday we had the awesome opportunity to leave Tuscany for a draping field trip to Perugia! The twelve of us piled into a full-size bus and traveled through Tuscany to the province of Umbria, where we made our first stop at a jersey design company Lemuria in the country side around Perugia.
We saw first hand how flats would be transformed into patterns and then from patterns into sewn garments. The coolest part for me was being able to see how cohesively each worker performed together. How no small job in the company was unimportant. From perfectly layering the fabric on the cutting machine, to creating precise patterns on the computer. If one job was done even slightly wrong, everything else after wouldn’t work. Which meant restarting and the loss of money. It was nice to see how seamlessly everyone worked together. How even though it was a company, there was a sense of family and community among the workers because of this reason.
After this we took a nice long lunch break and headed to the center of Perugia for our next stop at Brozzetti, a hand weaving laboratory in the ancient church of San Francesco Delle Donne. Here is a picture of an awesome stone bridge walkway on the way to the church.
The workshop was created by Giudetta Brozzetti in 1921, and with looms from 18th-20th century they produce textiles reminiscent of the Mediaeval and Renaissance tradition. Here’s a shot of the church and looms. Its crazy to think this church was built over 900 years ago and still stands. It’s also cool that it’s now one of the places that house this beautiful and dyeing craft.
Now working there was the Granddaughter of Giudetta Brozzetti. She showed us how all the different looms work, explaining what a difficult and laborious process weaving was. One large loom could take up to 12 days just to thread and setup! It also takes her two full days to weave only about one meter of fabric.
I thought the motion of the shuttle moving from right to left with the hundreds of lead needles moving up and down was super neat. Here is a shot of all the lead needles of jacquard loom threaded and ready to go.