THE MIRABILIA PROJECT
Mirabilia: a quite common latinism meaning: wonderful things, marvels.
O. Pianigiani, Vocabolario etimologico della lingua italiana.
Marvels are what you'd expect from Venice.
Mirabilia is the name we have chosen for the creations of La Gagiandra Cooperative's Textile Regeneration Workshop Manifattura in Venice.
Costume jewellery, accessories, objets d'art, fashioned from fine fabrics produced by Luigi Bevilacqua e Fortuny's historic Venetian workshops. One-offs, always and only made by hand.
Mirabilia is a newcomer to the ancient tradition of Venetian artisanship.
Master craftsmen have for centuries portrayed the city in a multitude of media: glass, lace, wood, precious metals and fabrics have reflected Venice through objects that unite the skills of hand and brain.
Ours is a richly endowed and precious city, but no less a fragile and threatened one, that can only hope to preserve its art, its history and its culture by constantly renewing the traditions that have made it what it is.
Mirabilia also stands for sustainability.
Every article is made entirely from production surplus and offcuts. Materials that would otherwise be discarded are handed on to us by our partners, the Bevilacqua and Fortuny workshops, to be entirely transformed and find a new life.
Mirabilia as social contribution.
One of the Cooperative's prime objectives is to marry art and creativity, manual skills and top quality artisan work with providing work opportunities for men and women in difficulty, vulnerable and disabled citizens. It is out of their contribution that these 'wonderful things' of ours have come into being.