Ruth had an exhibition of her work in the old lavatoio in Sarzana recently, which is quite unique in the configuration of its marble washing stations. Evidently it’s being opened for exhibition space, especially for women artists.
The exhibition was held concurrently with the medieval festival in Sarzana, called Anno Domini 1495, so we popped in, mainly because I’d never been inside and really wanted to see it. (The festival was fantastic, see the Video: Medieval Sarzana.)
I was glad I went to see it. But here’s the thing: Ruth Bucci-Baumer gives felt working classes. Yep, you can check out her web site. It’s quite colorful, as is her work.
Felt, or feltro, is coming back into style. And the Portuguese version, slightly different, is called Burel. Burel is really just course woolen cloth, which went out of style but is being brought back by an innovative hotelier. See Handicrafts and Healthy Food in the Serra de Estrela to find out more.
I leave you with some found work as we walked to the lavatoio (our search took us down many alleyways as the neat-as-a-pin urban grid of Sarzana baffled us uncommonly…) I like the colors and the laundry.
Sheesh, is everyone an artist around here? That’s what I felt as I walked through Sarzana.
Oh, and here’s a picture of the exterior of the lavatoio. And notice how, like the picture above, the colors of the bicycle are perfectly matched to the color scheme of the lavatoio.