Stories of threads is a book about tailors and the value of handicraft. The book is a collection of impressions and interviews. There are pictures of threads and sewn works but some pages are sewn for real. I sewed personally the pages after the print to highlight the value of handicraft. The craftsman is able to experiment with ideas and techniques, risk mistakes and hold-ups, lose themselves to find themselves. "This is a condition for which people will have to fight in modern society" wrote once Richard Sennet in "The Craftsman".
The book was part of an exposition during the Salone del Mobile of 2012.
Bolzanopoli, the show held in the Paper & People space, presents a self-publication: an original portrait of the social and cultural reality of Bolzano. Bolzanopoli is a self-published project on cultural identities; Carousel operators, confectioners, butchers, street artists, boxers, dog owners, jugglers...
How many different identities live together in one city? Which cultures meet daily and intermingle in the urban space? Is it possible to give a voice to this plurality that goes beyond the stereotypes of the official and institutional representations?
A group of students from the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano has tried to answer these questions via a publishing project that offers a series of original portraits of the social and cultural reality of the city in the third millennium.
Under the guidance of Giorgio Camuffo, Riccardo Olocco, Hans Höger and Patrizia Bertolini the students have identified, in the city of Bolzano, certain groups of people with various criteria in common – their jobs, habits, passions, places, etc. The students have therefore observed, studied and documented these communities for some months, meeting individual members and interviewing them, trying to understand their mutual relationships and their interaction with the urban context.
Self-publishing was chosen as one of the most interesting and comprehensive tools of contemporary visual communication for giving form to the content collected and processed during the research. The students therefore took on various roles: author, curator, editor and interviewer, photographer, illustrator, graphic artist, printer and binder of books that were totally self-produced in the workshops of the Faculty of Design and Art.
A selection of the books produced were presented at this show, with a layout that is an invitation to sit and to discover, page by page, the multiplicity of stories in Bolzanopoli.