I have just been going through my treasure boxes of treats to take to Italy and dreaming about the treasures I will find there. It's funny...the simplest of things...that can make you happy. During our stay in 2006 for my Reliquary in Sterling Workshop, we were lucky enough to be there for the little Cortona flea market...tables set up under the trees with boxes of religious objects, stacks of antique books (I especially loved the ones with the torn covers), piles of lines, and dishes, and metal trinkets. There was a hanging lamp made of tiny hand-blown glass bubbles. I found it right away and carried it all morning. Had to set it down for a moment...and someone tried to buy it! (Don't set anything down at the flea market)l.
Cortona was just the little one...we had a field trip to Arezzo (not far away) where the streets were lined with booths (some with tents, some without) and where you could spend days and a zillion dollars. Lucky me! There was everything from hand-painted antique dressers to bicycles (that were falling apart) to old paintings and tattered trims and broken crystals. It was a dream-come-true type of flea market. Whatever I bought, I had to take back in a suitcase...although, for a few moments I considered a "container"! Ha!
Between the Tuscan countryside, the food, the wine, the festivals and the flea markets, I knew it wouldn't be long before I went back again.
In a few months I will be returning to Cortona, Italy for my new workshop Candelabra di Cortona - A Chandelier of Scavenged Fragments! The first day of this workshop is what my dreams were made of...a trip back to the Arezzo Flea Market to find our own treasures which we will incorporate into our chandelier. I just can't wait! And then we will be using a myriad of techniques to create a chandelier of our very own with the treasures we've found in Italy (and perhaps some special momentos we've brought from home).
Just in case you are wondering...we have room for a couple more flea-market-loving chandelier-making girls (ok...boys are invited too) to come and play! For all the details, visit Arcangelo Productions. Ciao!