March 26 - April 3, 2017
Tour Escorts:
Marcia Young Marcia Young
founder, Fiber Art Now

Cami Smith Cami Smith
community manager, Fiber Art Now

Your Teachers:
Fiona Duthie
Katia Mokeyeva

Package Price:
$3,487.00 | Air from NYC

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare from NYC to Italy.
  • First-class hotel accommodations.
  • Daily breakfast & some dinners.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • Optional Tour to visit Pisa
  • Sightseeing and shopping in San Gimignano, Vinci & Florence.
  • A train ride through the Cinque Terre.
  • Special visit to the Slitti Chocolate Facility.
  • Participate in textile workshops with Fiona Duthie and Katia Mokeyeva.
  • Attend the "Sea States" exhibition opening, in the historic textile town of Prato.
  • Optional Tuscan cooking lesson & lunch
  • Professional tour guides & Craftours tour escort.

TUSCANY HIGHLIGHTS:

Prato Prato Play Movie
Explore the gorgeous textile town of Prato, Italy. Tour the Museum of Textile History, attend felt making workshops with world-renowned teachers and felt artists, Fiona Duthie and Katia Mokeyeva. Round out your time in Prato by attending the opening of a fibers exhibition!

Montecatini Terme Montecatini Terme Play Movie
Montecatini Terme is an Italian district of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. The most important center in Valdinievole. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries based around the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.
Cinque Terre Cinque Terre Play Movie
The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
San Gimignano San Gimignano Play Movie
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses,which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form "an unforgettable skyline".Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.
Florence Florence Play Movie
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time,it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865-71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

WEATHER
The climate in Tuscany is generally very mild with differences depending on the geography of each area. The coast and valleys tend to have hotter summers than the hills or mountains although the coast benefits from breezes off the sea for cooler temperatures.

April and May as well as October and November are good months to visit Tuscany: they have sunny days, with some rainy days as well. Winter offers many sunny, mild days but nights are cold, particularly in hill areas. Just dress in layers, to be prepared for shifts between daytime and evening. For current weather go to weather.com or click here.

CURRENCY
The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR).
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OPTIONAL TOURS:

Pisa Pisa Play Movie
Located in Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.
Cost of this optional tour is only $33 per person.

Cooking Class Tuscan Cooking Class
We will visit a family owned winery where we will participate in an authentic TUSCAN COOKING LESSON. This is a hands-on class, and we'll each learn how to make homemade pasta, different sauces, sample homemade crostini, and learn the recipe to make the popular Italian drink, Limoncello. Following our cooking lesson, we'll walk into the vineyard and learn about wine making and olive oil production. This is followed by wine tasting and a delicious five course lunch!
Cost of this optional tour is only $125 per person.


DHG EXHIBITION

This special exhibition is called the "Sea States" Exhibition which features the work of our two guest educators Fiona Duthie and Katia Mokeyeva.

Fiona Duthie and Katia Mokeyeva both live and create near the ocean, but in very different coastal environments. A clear artistic narrative developed out of this geographic relationship; one that explores this common relationship with the sea, and its states of being. The term sea states refers to the overall condition of a large body of water—with respect to wind, swell and current—at a particular moment and location. Each sea state offers a beautiful metaphor for our own personal, overall condition, and an excellent platform for exploration in surface design through feltmaking.

There are twelve main sculptural garments, one each for the twelve defined Beaufort sea states. The surface textures and tensions escalate with each state, just as the winds and waves do for sailors around the world. These twelve sculptures are surrounded and caressed by white on white textural felt waves. These felt waves swirl around the hanging sculptures, not obscuring them, but delivering them to the viewer with context. Smaller wearable sculptures are displayed amongst these felt waves, presenting art objects that are more accessible for purchase to the viewer, while also adding even more depth to the entire installation.

sea states is a multimedia installation. Ocean sounds move with the pieces, escalating in tempo and drama with the sea states. LED lighting subtly illuminates the waves and some of the sculptures, enriching the entire visual experience. The multimedia components are optional depending on the facilities available in the exhibition venue. The exhibition is coherent and enticing, even without these components.

sea states presents fine felt art created by two independent artists with strong connections to their environment and the sea….the movement of wind, swell and current…a powerful and international metaphor illustrating our challenges and passions.


WORKSHOPS:

Felt Travel Scroll
with Fiona Duthie




This felt travel scroll is the ideal project to explore feltmaking techniques including shadow felting, basic resist work and cords. The nine loops create holders for mementos or personal textile art pieces, one for each day of the Fiber Art Now Tour of Tuscany. This project allows tour members to create a beautiful felt work in a short time that can be further embellished on their journey with embroidery, beading or other favorite textile mediums.

Fiber Art Cowl
with Katia Mokeyeva




This workshop will be small cowl scarf created with the use of fibers other than wool, as an exploration of new interesting techniques. With 60% of merino wool and 40% of the DHG ramie and hemp. The addition of the plant fibers will help us to create a beautiful color flow effect, nice "organic" textures, and flexibility and even lycra-like stretchiness of the felt. *Please note: Images are just examples of Katia's work and not the final project for our tour.