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wool factory…

We take the residents to visit the wool mill of Ermenegildo Zegna in Trivero (a village, 35 minutes drive uphill from Biella), it is one of my favourite places on earth. Everyone falls in love with it…the machinery, the sounds, the rhythms, the mountains…especially the huge room where the weaving looms are. I spent a lot of time here in the past on previous art/design projects (Habituszegna and Bacheca), but i still find new angles and corners every time i come here…

(film by margavp, soundtrack by eric darken from freeplaymusic.com)

spaces and art…

…one of the many beautiful spaces at the Fondazione Pistoletto where i currently live and work…

…on the left window you can see an image of a work by Pistoletto, i happened to be around while it was being made a few years back, i was asked to document the process for another project. Thought i would post that wee film here…

the making of Woollen – La mela reintegrata (Woollen – The Reinstated Apple)

industrial morning preamble…

a photographic post on my morning path round some of the spaces i frequent here in biella of a morning…

views and glimpses from across the cervo…”banca sella” own this, it’s the mill on the opposite side of the river to cittadellarte, its beautiful as is, but eventually crumbling into the river, so i guess it’s just as well sella are restoring it…

these last 3 are the last of the newer spaces belonging to cittadellarte that are waiting to be restored…

this is Etruscan and Roman Road by Michelangel Pistoletto, it lives on the floor above UNIDEE, and i come to visit it from time to time…

lanificio…

…for those who have never been in a lanificio (wool mill) you are missing out. I know this one pretty well. The wool mill for Ermenegildo Zegna has stood in the mountains of Trivero now for 100 years. I came here on and off for nearly three years as i was designing a museum and its contents for Fondazione Zegna in a building in the same compound. Today we brought the UNIDEE residents here to show them the workings of a wool mill, so much part of the past and present but probably not future of this particular corner of Italy.

Only in Italy…a “madonna nera” between 2 notice boards…FYI lots of the madonnas round these parts are black in reference to the v famous Madonna Nera of Oropa – a nearby famous (if you are a devout virgin worshipping catholic that is) holy sanctuary…

Extraordinary fluctuations in temperature and humidity, hypnotic machinery, a cacophony of sounds, the smell of boiled wool (horrible at first but eventually it becomes familiar and eventually kind of pleasant)…

These women are incredibly skilled. It takes them about 3 years of training to be able to spot even the minutest of errors in the woven cloth. They then mend by hand following the warp and weft of the textile so that the mend is completely invisible…

they also decorate their machines with kittens and bunnies…