domenica 31 luglio 2016

Made in Tessingiu: A beautiful exhibition in the heart of Sardinia

I am 100% Sardinian, with a strong accent and tipical features: height, cheekbones, complexion and a strong personality. This is a blessing and a curse :-) I left this beautiful island more then 20 years ago (one of the thousands migrants to the poor South of Italy to the richest North), and I had the chance to come back a couple of years ago, a little bit uncertain about my future and where my decisions at that time would lead me.
Beside the well known Caribeean beaches (and yachts) filled with VIPs, this place is also famous for the food, the wild nature and the handicraft. Now a new generations of Sardinian artists took those ancients techniques to make outstanding artworks, both contemporary and traditional. And a little far off the touristic paths in a little town called Samugheo there's a museum "Murats" where there's a current exhibition dedicated to the Sardinian handicraft. Here some shots of it:
Io sono 100% sarda: l'accento non si è mai affievolito, la mia altezza, gli zigomi, i miei colori e il carattere mi tradiscono sempre. Essere sardo è una gioia e un dolore, come tanti sono emigrata al nord negli anni 90 e tornata un paio di anni fa, la valigia è sempre pronta; ma nel frattempo cerco di godere di questa bellezza che mi circonda.
Non solo spiagge caraibiche e vips all'assalto in questa calda estate, ma anche una bellissima mostra dedicata all'artigianato sardo, fuori dai soliti percorsi turistici. A Samugheo, all'interno del Murats è ospitata la 49° Mostra dell' Artigianato sardo fino al 21 Agosto: artisti locali che partendo dalla tradizione creano dei capolavori moderni e affascinanti. Qui alcuni scatti della mostra:

Nella prima stanza, intaglio del legno, in particolare sui mobili, e delle inusuali statue.
In the first room, wood carving mainly on furnitures and statues.
This bridal dress stole my heart for this uniqueness, and I cannot help to compare it with the traditional Sardinian bridal dress. (Here and here some shots of the most famous and richest one)
Semplicemente affascinata dall'abito da sposa, così legato alla tradizione e nello stesso tempo così lontano nella sua modernità (qui e qui il più famoso costume da sposa tradizionale della Sardegna)
The traditional silver buttons mixed with coral.
I bottoni del costume tradizionale in filigrana d'argento accostati al corallo:
I was able to trace out the artists behind these gorgeous espadrillas, they made such gorgeous textiles as well: Labplatdd di Barbara Pala and Antonella Tedde.
Delle espadrillas dipinte a mano, non una uguale all'altra, da due artiste di Macomer Barbara Pala e Antonella Tedde col marchio Labplatdd.  
DO you think I fell in love with evey single piece? I did! And I missed to have decent photos of the jewels and ceramics, too bad.
Una mostra bellissima, un allestimento dinamico e interessante, peccato non aver fotografato i gioielli e le ceramiche.
The building itself is truly lovely.

Beside the museum there's also another large exhibition called 'Made in Tessingiu' where you can actually buy the artworks and support the artists. It's been held in a former school, and the staff has been really kind and patient.
E al centro del paese un'altra grande mostra 'Made in Tessingiu' allestita in maniera egregia all'interno di una scuola, dove è possibile acquistare e quindi supportare gli artisti. Le ragazze sono state molto gentili e pazienti.

17 commenti:

Pamela ha detto...

Che meraviglia!!!
Stupende le espadrillas e l'abito da sposa lascia senza fiato *_*

Jenny Marples ha detto...

Thank you so much for sharing this Gio! I'm fascinated to see the amazing artistry and traditional ideas brought up to date. Bellissimo! xx

scrAPpamondo ha detto...

Che mostra spettacolare! Il mix antico e moderno di questi pezzi lascia senza fiato e il vestito da sposa è veramente un sogno!!!!

Juliz Design Post ha detto...

Thanks for sharing your photos. LOVE the wedding dress, exquisite and elegant. Sardinia is one place I would love to visit at some point.
Julie x

Crafty Claire ha detto...

Beautiful things. The espadrilles have inspired me to be bolder when I alter the next pair of plimsolls!

craftytrog ha detto...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful artworks Gio! The bridal dress is beautiful, and I love those espadrilles!
Alison xx

Suchi ha detto...

Artistic heaven!!! :)
Suchi xx

Chris ha detto...

What a great post Gio, it's lovely to see traditional handicrafts and the motifs used. The bridal dress is superb I agree and also the petal pattern. We lost a friend a few years ago that we knew for over twenty years and he was from Sarsinia, he also had the height and the cheekbones thing, we miss him and his personality. That's such a gorgeous building to exhibit in too, love the ceiling beams. Big hug, Chris x

Karen Gist ha detto...

What a fabulous place...I would spend so much time there Gio. That dress is stunning, so much work in it. No wonder you love it so much. Thank you for sharing, its so interesting xxx

lynnesbowsandbelles ha detto...

Gio
Thank you so much for allowing us to visit this museum. The artistry is incredible. The wedding dress is exquisite and how I love those espadrilles and then the beautiful buttons. So much beauty to absorb.
Wishes
Lynne

Jackie P Neal ha detto...

Gio, thank you so much for sharing this post about yourself and your culture! That wedding dress is gorgeous and I would wear that just for fun in the summer! The traditional wedding dresses are so elaborate- does everyone wear the same look?Or do they differ a bit? And did you ever wear one like that? ")

I love learning of other's cultures and lifestyles- so happy for this internet!!
hugs,Jackie xx

LauraVi ha detto...

Che cose meravigliose, l'abito da sposa è magico, non si dovrebbe perdere una mostra così, grazie per averla condivisa!
Laura che conosce la sensazione di appartenenza e sradicamento, amore e rabbia per la propria terra, una di quelli che... noi del Sud le valigie le abbiamo pronte dentro!

Coco ha detto...

Oh Wow, Gio.
These artists are SO brilliant... Amazing textile and wood carving art from these Sardinia artists, WOW and WOW again.
All the pieces are FABULOUS, I'm really in great admiration!
I took my time to read your post and look at every single piece in details despite I have not much time for blogging... But this is well deserved for you and these great artists.
Thank you for this wonderful share of your open heart and love about your island, I understand your feelings... And Thanks muchly for this fantastic visit Gio.
A big hug, Coco

Suchi ha detto...

Happy, happy Birthday Gio- I saw it on FB and thought I could come here and wish you!! Wish you loads of success and happiness in the world- have fun! :)

Elena Mirtilla ha detto...

Un viaggio bellissimo in queste foto, grazie!
Elena
http://cestinodimirtilli.blogspot.it/

Nefertiti ha detto...

I'm late but happy birthday my dear friend!
Thank you very much for sharing these fabulous pieces.
Big bisous
Sylvie

kilara ha detto...

Che bella questa mostra,mi sarebbe piaciuto tanto vederla.Ma purtroppo quest'anno niente ferie e niente rientro a casa estivo (causa trasloco).Ma non c'è da preoccuparsi,la sardegna non la dimentichiamo mai!