5/6 Breakfast in Venice – Textile Art & Fascinating Fortuny



Venetian Textile Art & Fascinating Fortuny

Our first stop with Luisella is in the district of San Polo to visit extraordinary textile artist Sarah Zanarella of Rugadoro in her atelier, a true find. Sarah has invented a fabric and trim collage technique for mask making that has made her pieces collectible all over the world.  She recently expanded to larger scale works of textile art. Sarah is always working on a capolavoro (masterpiece) and we’ll have an insider’s view of her latest.

Secondly, we’ll travel across  the lagoon on the south side to the island of Giudecca. It housed spacious palazzos in the 1800s then transformed to a more industrial locale, and in 1919 the renowned artist and inventor Mariano Fortuny specified and built his factory and gardens. Fortuny continues to thrive with a following of design devotees, and you may be surprised to know that Fortuny is still manufacturing exquisite fabrics in this Giudecca factory with secret processes developed a century ago. Carla Turrin of Fortuny will be our guide, she’ll enlighten us with the company’s history and their latest introductions. We’ll tour the private garden and learn how the brand was entrusted to the current stewards of the brand, Mickey and Maury Riad, leading stateside in New York.  



Each tour is approximately 75 minutes. When you purchase, you will receive a confirmation then a Zoom link the night before the tour, and a follow up link for replay, viewable within 48 hours.