What you'll do
As you are roaming around Tuscany, you will spend a day in Serrazzano, in the Metal Hills, just South of Volterra, and relax from your hectic schedule to learn from a master printer about the old photographic process of CYANOTYPE (with its unparalleled Prussian blue tint) and the wondrous hardly known technique of the CHEMIGRAM. Using plants and other objects, you will produce a number of cyanotypes to take home, send to friends and family or post on your favorite social media. I will show you several examples to familiarize you with the possibilities of cyanotype. We will coat the papers and as they dry, I will tell you about the wonder of Chemigram, to make photographic images without camera or darkroom. We will also go collect plants, leaves and other objects that we will use to make the first prints. We take a short break for a light lunch with local fare and after that we resume the process. I will encourage you and assist you in experimenting and using your creativity so that you will leave Serrazzano with a fresh appreciation for alternative photographic processes, inspired to explore more, and with a set of prints to remember a great day in the Metal Hills of Tuscany.
My wife and I divide our time between New York and Serrazzano. We love this part of Tuscany: its beauty and its peace is a welcome change from the city life. I grew grew up in Florence. After receiving a doctorate in Political Science, I moved to New York and turned to making experimental films which are now featured as part of the so-called New York No-Wave Cinema. Since 2000 I have expanded my artistic activity to printmaking, to camera-less photography, and to producing artist books in very limited editions. We are engaged in restoring parts of the village and turning it into an art center.
Material + paper to print. vegetarian lunch
Material + paper to print
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Where you'll be
You will be in Serrazzano (Tuscany) an ancient hilltop village of Etruscan origins that dominates the land between Volterra and the Tyrrhenian sea 550 meters above sea level, surrounded by vast pristine forests where nature is protected and undisturbed. It's the perfect site if you want want to create and concentrate on your printmaking practice (or experiment with new ones) in peace, away from the congestion of today's urban environment.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
You will arrange for your own transportation. You'll be given a vegetarian meal with local produce. But we do recommend you try the sausages that the butcher in Serrazzano is rightly famous for.
Printmaking Arts in Tuscany