Homo Faber Guide: Connecting Crafting Excellence
TLmag takes a look at the Michelangelo Foundation’s newest online platform, Homo Faber Guide, which showcases a wide variety of Europe-based artisans, ateliers and museums linked to fine craftsmanship.
Offering the possibility for art enthusiasts, collectors, clients, galleries, curious travellers and designers with the continent’s crafting excellence to connect with one another, Homo Faber Guide offers space to get acquainted with artisans from all corners of Europe. From glassblowers of Venice to ceramicists of Stockholm, from tapestry weavers of Paris to printmakers of London, from jewellery makers of St Petersburg to gilders of Vienna, and even those from the most hidden corners of the continent: there is a diversity of materials, human skills and beautiful objects to be found.
Curated in different themes, the platform offers to browse by countries and cities or specially curated themes such as mosaicists in Italy, to an array of artisans. Moreover, users do not only have the possibility to discover their inspirational stories but also to collaborate. By reaching out to artisans recommended by the guide, users can collaborate on bespoke projects. Incredible possibilities for creativity and craftsmanship.
Artisans are recommended by the foundation and by members of its international network or designated ambassadors, and then they (the artisans) are selected by the foundation according to the eleven criteria for excellence formulated by Alberto Cavalli, co-director of the Michelangelo Foundation.
Moreover, the platform offers the possibility to explore recommendations of the ambassadors of your city. For example, the favourite Parisian artisans of designer India Mahdavi – and the addresses of the best Italian artisanal workshops from gallerist Carla Sozzani. Amongst the many quality galleries on the portal, it also provides access to get acquainted with Spazio Nobile Gallery, our sister gallery. With artwork belonging to the gallery by artists such as Bela Silva, Adi Toch and Kristina Riska.
In other words, a true treasure trove of European experiences: workshops, courses, exhibitions and guided tours offered by artisans, museums and galleries. Experience a new craft at the hands of a master, from screen printing in the United Kingdom, jewellery making in Portugal to embroidery in Italy. Find experiences on your doorstep or further afield in colourful European cities. Craft your own bespoke itineraries and contact artisans, galleries and museums directly to book your tailor-made experiences.
Starting today, 17 September 2020, visit homofaberguide.com or download the app available for free on both Apple Store and Google Play Store. Including with over 650 artisans across over 25 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom. Newly selected artisans appear weekly, with the aim of presenting over 1,000 masters and rising talents by 2021.