This past week the Human Brain Project had a four-day conference in Florence. As I was looking at potential flights I noticed that there were no direct flights from Stockholm, but there was a direct flight to Venice. I had never been to Venice, so this was an opportunity not to be missed. I talked to Joanna Vymeris and Rafael San Martin who I know from the Cambridge dance scene and they were both keen to join me the weekend before the conference. We also got in touch with Judith Musker Turner who had previously designed the clothes for the Cambridge University Charity Fashion Show, and asked if she was interested in collaborating with us — she was. This weekend was starting to look really good.
After a bit of searching we finally found a place to stay. For anyone going to Venice, we can recommend Casa per ferie La Pietà, it is very central, located not far from the Bridge of Sighs, and fairly cheap. We also booked a rowing lesson with Elisa Costantini from Row Venice, because the city should be seen from the water at least once.
We flew in early on Saturday morning, and met up at Casa per ferie La Pietà just after lunch. We just had time to do quick inventory of all the clothes before we had to head out to meet Elisa for the rowing lesson, grabbing a quick pizza slice to go, on the way.
Venezia: Laguna’ (by Judith Musker Turner)
Joanna’s textured turquoise dress and Rafa’s appliquéd cream vest represent the inherent tension between the Gothic architecture of the city and its reflection in the waters of the lagoon. I am fascinated by the paradox of Venice as ‘The Floating City’, and the contrast between the fluidity of water and the rigidity of stone.
We have decided to split the Venice photos into three different blog posts. You can see the rest of the boat photos with Joanna, Rafa and Elisa in the “Daughter of Venice” blog post that will be published later this week.
The following morning we set the alarm clocks for 5:30, to get up before the sun rose.
‘Venezia’ Cloak (by Judith Musker Turner)
This cloak was the result of a year of research into the history, culture and community of Venice, and is intended as an impressionistic representation of the city as a whole. It features a six-metre-long embroidered edging which depicts a number of the aspects, both physical and conceptual, which are essential to the formulation of the unique character of the city and the connections between them.
‘Welcome to Elysium’ (by Judith Musker Turner)
This collar or necklace is a jubilant synesthetic reaction to the concept of Elysium, the heavenly abode of kings and heroes. It is embroidered with scraps of velvet, silk, satin and gold leather quatrefoil motifs.
This set of designs, comprising of a crop top and skirt for Joanna and an embroidered vest for Rafa, is a spontaneous reflection of the rich, magical aspect of Venice, characterised by the splendour of the Carnevale.
‘Aporia’ (by Judith Musker Turner)
This dress is the final piece from my 2015 debut collection, ‘La Vraie Division’. It is named after the mental state of perplexity reached at the end of a Socratic dialogue, which is reflected by the delicacy and weightlessness of the garment.
This is the first of three blog posts from Venice.To see the other blogposts with photos from Venice, check the Venice tag on the blog. Many thanks to Joanna, Rafael, Judith and Elisa!