MY NEW BOOK: THE FAIRY TALE OF MARCELLINA AND THE SHOP OF SUSPENDED TIME

 

“Believe it or not, all things have a story. A voice indeed”.

This message that can be read on the back of the cover of “Marcellina and the shop of the suspended time” (in Italian: “Marcellina e la bottega del tempo sospeso), my new book – published by Funtasy Editrice with the graphic by Eleonora Moretti – as a gift for the upcoming Christmas holidays.

The publication brings the reader into an almost fantastic dimension, in a sort of modern fairy tale focused on Marcellina Pinzi Pinzuti, extraordinary character of Amiata, owner of a historical shop that has been in the medieval  town of Abbadia San Salvatore for sixty years. (Siena).

The cover of the new book “Marcellina e la bottega del tempo sospeso”, di Roberto Alborghetti, Funtasy Editrice. Cover by Eleonora Moretti.

For the territories of Mount Amiata, in Tuscany, Siena Country,  Marcellina is a very important person. A sort of symbol. An institution. She runs an old and incredible shop – Pinzi Pianzuti – along Via Cavour, in Abbadia San Salvatore. But it’s not correct saying “shop”. It’s a real emporium of creativity and imagination, where everything can be found, where an incredibile number of things are exposed in a cheerfully confusion, but everything at your fingertips, in a clever logic that only Marcellina knows.

As reported in the book, Marcellina is the great animator of this fascinating place, where you can travel back in time, looking for an old object, an ornament, a tin toy, an old book, a cloth, a teapot , a ceramic plate, calendars, food locally produced, as the wines of the Organic Farm Pinzi Pinzuti. Yes, it’s a magic cave, open till late, and whose lights are shed on the outside, like to recall the hasty passers. It’s impossible not to be enchanted by this place, where time seems to stand still, together with Marcellina, who welcomes you with ease, knowing how suggest you in purchases, with great discretion and kindness.

So, this book leads you in this unbelievable world that we thought no longer existed, because gone with the advent of technology. As I wrote in the book, at Marcellina shop we can retrieve the value of the magical things. And it’s really great in these times which are running very fast and seem to drag all away, pushing us to lose the sense of the objects, the flavor of the memory.

For infos: funtasyeditrice@gmail.com

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TUSCANY (ITALY) / THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE “PRINCESS” E-BOOK: ART, FASHION AND A SPECIAL LABEL FOR A “VOLCANIC WINE”

 

 

The magical Volcano Dress and “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” project has sparked the interest in Tuscany and in Mount Amiata. On last Sunday, December 20, at the Teatro Comunale in Piancastagnaio (Siena) there was the presentation of the fairy tale that Roberto Alborghetti and Yarden Mitrani created around the high fashion dress dedicated to Volcano Amiata (the design of the outfit was made on the basis of an abstract photo that Roberto Alborghetti took from an old and rusty bus at Bartons Plc, in Nottingham UK).

The special event consisted in the presentation of a short film, in a public reading by the actress Mirelda Morini and in the official launch of “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” e-book, available in online bookstores (at only 0.99 Euros). Mirelda Morini, with her performance, was able to give depth and color to the story that – punctuated by original music by Eylon Malhi – revolves around the peculiarities of design and its cut dress Volcano, which has indeed inspired the tale. But the bright colors of the dress were not limited to suggest a story and a television documentary, but also an original label for bottles of fine wine produced by Azienda Agricola Pinzi Pinzuti (Abbadia S. Salvatore, Tuscany). Was produced a symbolic image that clearly expresses the characteristics of the “volcanic wine” (the vines grow in lava rock from the extint Volcano Amiata). Also during the event, which received a great attention from the public, it was presented an accessory for the Volcano Dress: a surprising “purse” created with the fingers by “Knitta” that promotes innovative forms of artistic craftsmanship.

The project has also strongly affected the students of the course for designers at Avogadro Institute in Abbadia San Salvatore. At the Teatro Comunale, about 200 pupils also attended the public reading of the fairy tale and the vision of the short film.

“The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” e-book is available in online bookstores:

 

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THE MAGICAL WOOD SCULPTURES CREATED BY PIERO MARCHESINI… SCENES AND CHARACTERS FROM MITHOLOGY, NATURE AND FAIRY TALES

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Photos: Roberto Alborghetti    

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In recent weeks I had the pleasure of visiting an exhibition at the medieval Baptistery in Lenno on Lake Como. Piero Marchesini – a distinguished gentleman and artist – exhibited his beautiful art pieces. Marchesini carves wood, carrying out really lovely works. He lives in Lipomo, Como City, and sculpture is his passion. He has already showed his creations around the world raising lot of attention. Marchesini loves to work on subjects recalling mythology, nature, characters from fairy tales and legends and biblical scenes.

He carves wood – walnut, lime, ash, hornbeam, boxwood, maple, olive, cherry-wood and so on – with great mastery and skill and he is able to create works of singular fascination and charm. More than words, count the pictures, just from the exhibition of Lenno. His next show is planned in Menaggio, on Lake Como, from 30 July to 5 August, 2013 at the Art Gallery (Garibaldi square) overlooking the lake. It’s another opportunity to see its stunning creations.