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Books We Covet: The Master’s Touch Lauds the Amazing Work of ArtisansMonday 10 September 2018
Books We Covet: The Master’s Touch Lauds the Amazing Work of Artisans ⇒ Besides organising the exceptional Homo Faber event in Venice that seeks to promote European craftamsnhip, the Michelangelo Foundation has also released a phenomenal book entitled “The Master’s Touch”, authored by Alberto Cavalli and researchers Giuditta Comerci and Giovanna Marchello. This groundbreaking publication distinguishes the amazing work of master artisans everywhere. The international non-profit foundation celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design.
The book criteria evolved through systematic research and analysis of terminology, legislation and public opinion, and interviews with master artisans that root the criteria in lived experience, affirming and enhancing their relevance.
In order to mark the publication of The Master’s Touch Michelangelo Foundation is hosting panel discussions across European countries. These discussions celebrate the publication of the book and begin an engagement with the Criteria for Craft Excellence among the wider arts, design and craft sector, opening a conversation around a common language for excellence in craftsmanship.
“The aim of the work was to create a set of criteria that could be used with confidence and ease across the many types of artistic crafts and across cultures by those who seek to safeguard and promote fine craftsmanship,” says Alberto Cavalli, Executive Director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship and author of the book.
Alberto Cavalli is also Director of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, a lecturer at the Politecnico University in Milan and a visiting professor at the Creative Academy where, in addition to teaching, he runs seminars on the artistic crafts. Cavalli is a member of the jury of the prestigious Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la main, an award granted by the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller in France, and he has also contributed his expertise to the activities of the Paris-based Centre du Luxe et de la création.
Giuditta Comerci is a researcher, cultural events curator and a subject expert for the Bellezza Italiana Chair at the Politecnico University in Milan. She is also the president of the Associazione Noema, dedicated to the study and promotion of musical culture.
Giovanna Marchello is a business development and licensing specialist in the fashion and luxury goods industry. She has written extensively about luxury goods for the Russian monthly Kak portrait and oversees cultural projects related to the artistic crafts.
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Source: Michelangelo Foundation