Third International Meeting. Lecce. Italy
October 16th to 18th 2014
Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts
Summer weather in the heel of the boot that the Italian peninsula portrays.
Surprised by a city with a population similar to Caceres’s, with an old, historic part inhabited and vibrant, unlike the old historic part of our town.
Baroque buildings are shops, restaurants, offices, tourist accommodations or houses. The narrow, tortuous streets are full of loud and cheerful people swarming relentlessly. The stone buildings appear worn due to the consistency of "pietra di Lecce", as local stone is called, that allows all kinds of artistic carved filigree, but that the weather ends up polishing.
The B & B we stayed in is a beautiful restored building. The rooms have lots of character.
The food in Lecce is tasty and plentiful.
The partners, as kind as usual.
The activities of the third international meeting of the project revolve around the "papier-mache" the "Cartapesta di Lecce", an artistic craft with great tradition and prestige in the city.
Another key element was the coordination meeting that was used to develop the roadmap to navigate what remains of the project. We attended two workshops for making "cartapesta".
In the first one we were explained the whole process of preparation and the materials and tools used in the artistic creations. As one of our pedagogical principles is learning by doing, each of us create a small basket of bouquets, starting from the preparation of paste made from flour and water to soak the sheets of paper that were provided. From these we cut the necessary parts and assembled them. The next step, very important, was letting it dry (up to a week) before polishing with hot irons and painting it. This part of the process obviously could not be done.
In the second workshop we each made a rosebud and were explained the history of the activity in Lecce, and the rhythms and themes of creation that the craftsmen need developing to accompany demand throughout the year. One of the themes that sell the best is the religious imagery. But also the gifts for holidays and celebrations are to be taken into account.
The group visited "cartapesta" craft workshops, the museum of "cartapesta" and Miggano fair, a town nearby, where we interviewed some exhibitors to share their successes and their troubles.
Apart from the endless journeys, the meeting was helpful and very satisfying. Students who were with us are fully satisfied. We can describe their integration into the group as great.