Mama and I got to see interesting, live demonstrations of fine European craftsmanship today. We attended a collection of free art exhibits called “Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future,” spread across the Venetian island of San Giorgio.
Our absolute favorite artisan was from the “fanmaker to the queens since the 19th century,” Duvelleroy, with their beautiful, intricate peacock feather fans. Mama also loved getting to write with the Montblanc fountain pens!
Other artisan showcases we enjoyed included embroidery and lace work, engraving and enameling, wood carving, millinery, mask making, and more. The manicured gardens were lovely to walk through between the exhibits, and the view of Venice between the boats was breathtaking.
While waiting in a crowd to catch the vaporetto (water bus) back to mainland Venice, we happened to spot a familiar face. Our new friend, Kris (who we met through our longtime friend, Elisa, while at the cinema a couple days ago) had also just finished visiting the Homo Faber exhibit, which ends its two-week run on Sunday. As is the custom here, we immediately abandoned our intentions for the evening and decided to have a spritz together. It was a fun change of plans and we enjoyed talking with her.
1 year ago today: Strange little silver lining
2 years ago today: Mama’s crepe myrtle in bloom
5 years ago today: Venetian life filled with culture and friends
6 years ago today: A Love Affair with Gelato
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