Orsoni Venezia 1888 participation in Venice Fashion Week (October 17-26, 2019) is all about craftsmanship and Venetian excellence, sharing the festival’s commitment to promoting sustainable fashion and design, craftsmanship and research.

The event hosted at the ancient Fornace Orsoni (Tuesday, October 22nd) will indeed be the occasion to introduce the newly born “Association Alto Artigianato Venezia” – High Venetian Craftsmanship – through the exhibition result of the first collaborations between historical companies and contemporary designers. On display, a series of fashion and design accessories created with Orsoni Venezia 1888 mosaics by Patrick McDowell and a capsule collection by Tiziano Guardini for Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua.

Orsoni Venezia 1888 joins the Alto Artigianato Venezia- High Venetian Craftsmanship Association with the aim of preserving, developing and spreading the activities and unique products that represent a link between culture, craftsmanship and the city of Venice. All goals that are already deeply rooted in its passion for excellence, and reachable only with a sustainable and respectful approach to the territory. 

This is why the company was particularly excited to meet the creativity of the young British designer Patrick McDowell, protagonist of the last Helsinki Fashion Week with a collection realized with the support of Burberry and Swarovski.

The design project, presented on the occasion of the Venice Fashion Week, is based on the concept of sustainable fashion, color and amusement. “Patrick enthusiastically took on Orsoni Venezia 1888’s challenge of creating fashion and design accessories by reusing recycled material from the mosaic tesserae produced in the heart of Venice.”

The issue of sustainability, so relevant today, is the concept behind a responsible path taken on for a very long time by the last furnace permitted to operate with fire in the city built on water, and clearly reflected in some of its activities:
– Preservation of traditional craftsmanship and handmade techniques.
– Using of a high percentage of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled glass.
– Treatment and consumption of water, a very important resource in Venice, with the minimum environmental impact.

Using and recovery of waste in other production processes or artistic artworks. A daily commitment, an essential contribution to building a future for the furnace, the planet and for people.

More info: altoartigianatovenezia.com

Stefano Micelli, Rodolfo Bevilacqua, Riccardo Bisazza, Lorenzo Cinotti, Agnese Lunardelli and Martina Vidal

Orsoni Mosaic Masterclass

The mosaic school is currently undergoing restoration. We anticipate the reopening in 2025. Once the program for the International Mosaic Masterclasses is available, it will be published on the website. 

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