The Mosaikashop Trip to Italy: Rugs and Mosaic tour 2013 with Stefano Ionescu

This  first edition themed trip to Italy in collaboration with Stefano Ionescu, rug collector and expert in the rug world it was a most memorable experience…despite it being a wirlwind  tour; in which my Canadian group met another group in Italy coming from all parts of Europe and the US.  Enjoy the pictures and the comments too.milan1

In Milan you almost feel like a star….

milan2 If you whirl your heal as Maria, is doing,  round the bull, your luck shall come

milan3The famous Dolce &Gabbana dresses in real…even got to touch them too…real fake mosaic in print! cake mosaic too…why not

torino1In Torino we went to a fabulous, rug collector’s shop, gallery, museum, personal collection…all in one…we always took a group photo…

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Sartirana Textile and Antique Rug fair….my exhibition there and the rugs on show…I gave one as a gift as a thank-you for this honor…

sartirana2The Canadians…me, Judith, Nathalie, Aida, Maria….5  ladies happy  to be attending something unique!

sartirana3My works on show along with the original rug…coming from a collector in Vienna just to meet its mosaic self.

sartirana4But the real stars were those fabulous bags meeting its star bag coming expecially from a museum in Florence…

sicily1In Monreale, Sicily if you look up you see lots of fabulous glorious mosaics….

Octoberblog201322Behind the basilica the cloisters…incrusted with jewel mosaics….

sicily3sicily4Monreale also has mosaic artisans…even a school too

naples1But the real jewels are in Naples….

naples2The photos are not great, it was all emotion for me and for Judith too….those mosaics are micro mosaics made of marble and some are huge…priceless!

capri1Going long the Amalfi coast…..Termini, Sorento……

capri2In Capri, mosaic ideas and fashion in sculpture too…some of those Pompein style houses…mmmm. The smells  from the Capri perfume shop are devine too.

capri3The mosaics are always devine and the sculptures too….

capri4In Anacapri we went to Axel Munthe’s home…when you enter, this classical mosaic means, live now, enjoy life now, when you can…tis not when you are all bones that you can enjoy that wine…

capri5The man had fine taste for mosaics everywhere….

positano1In Positano my big surprise was a mosaic design by Mimmo Paladino

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These mosaics make me feel happy.

romeWhen in Rome, San Costanza is a must see. The ladies enjoyed sleeping at the convent, Sorella Daniella was always happy to see us return by 11pm.

florence1In Florence there was this big surprise awaiting me….meet my gallerist Alberto Boralevi.

florence2florence3florence1 If you are interested in visiting or purchasing mosaic rugs or exquisite antique rugs  please contact Alberto…the gallery is located just behind the Ponte Vecchio…I am still pinching myself…

soniaRavenna, The Mosaic School of Luciana Notturni…the best classical mosaic school in town. Sonia King was kind to let me use her photo…taken from the school window…

RavennaWe were all happy as a small group…we all went our ways after an excellent guided tour….some to stroll, others to learn the real technique of doing mosaics just like the byzantines.

ravenna2Maria and Aida are ready for their short morning course….with Luca and Daniella…

ravenna3Luciana loves to take the classical and give them the contempory touch…

ravenna4We are proud to be finishing just in time, but rushed though…as it was lunch time.

ravenna5Nathalie and Judith hard at work….the ravenna method is pure byzantine style, in subject,  colour and technique…that is what this course is all about….meanwhile….

koko1At KoKo Mosaiko it is the dynamics of traditional technique transformed into a party like mosaic feel to it all, even the ambiance there gives that feeling…

koko2Even the pieces seem to come alive and sway and party, yahoo…even the dead are colourful! It is always a pleasure going there too, this time I even ran into 2 of my Montreal students! Priceless as always…wherever I go, I shall meet a former student of mine…

icecream1Just had to put that in..this Sicilian style ice cream was miam in the brioche…

last_nightOur last night was in Milan in this most charming hotel…yes, if you can dream it you can do it…

Next stop: I did not dream that win…but I did dream that my mosaic rugs would make me travel…Octoberblog201334I am the proud winner of the 3rd place. Gulp. This mosaic is a museum acquisition…

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