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Colored Houses of Burano

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 8, 2012

Colored Houses of Burano

Is it possible to walk around Burano for the first time and not smile at the brightly colored houses? The streets look like bags of jelly beans. Murano also has brightly colored houses, but it doesn’t come close to Burano. We spent a few hours in Burano to check out the lace museum and walk around, but it wasn’t easy getting from point A to point B when I had to stop and photograph houses every few minutes. All I can say is that it’s a good thing I didn’t discovery photography in the days of film camera; I would have bankrupted my family.

Colored Houses of Burano

Green Shutters

Colored Houses of Burano

Colored Houses of Burano

Burano, Commemorative Plaque

Colored Houses of Burano

Colored Houses of Burano

Colored Houses of Burano

Colored Houses of Burano

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Video: Burano Lacemaker

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 6, 2012


 
Back to the Italy vacation photos and videos…. I shot this short clip of a needle lacemaker at the Burano Lace Museum. The lacemaker is working on a fan for framing, not for mounting on fan sticks. She has already worked the design itself and is couching the cordonnet thread as an outline to emphasize the design. As I said in an earlier posting (with more photos of this piece), I was a little disappointed not to see her work that amazingly even reseau ground but I can’t blame her for choosing a fairly mindless task, since she knew that dozens of schoolchildren and tourists would be crowding around, taking photos and asking questions.

The background noise was distracting (moving furniture, shutter clicks from other tourists), so I added one of YouTube’s audio tracks. It’s a pity there’s no way to do a decent fade-out, but you get what you pay for.

You must be thinking I’ll never get out of Venice. It’s true that I did take a lot of photos of Venice and surrounding islands when I was there but actually we only spent three nights in Venice. I haven’t started the Florence photos yet! But I was more restrained in Florence. We were trying to fit so much into our brief stay in Venice (Venice, Lido, Burano, Murano, the Jewish Museum, San Marco, the Doge’s Palace), so we had to slow down in Florence.

I’m slowly recovering from whatever bug I caught on the flight back from Heathrow last week. I feel like I’ve been trampled by a herd of stampeding rhinoviruses….

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Burano Lace Museum

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 22, 2012

Museo del Merletto, Burano

This posting is for the lace geeks out there. On our second full day in Venice we took the vaporetto (water bus) from Fondamente Nuove to Burano. Burano is known for its vividly coloured houses (that’s for another posting) and its lace. The lanes and squares of Burano are filled with shops selling over-priced lace made in China. But that’s what the tourists want.

The Museo del Merletto is located in the old lace-making school in Piazza Galuppi of Burano. The Scuola Merletti di Burano founded in 1872 and in operation until 1970. In 1981 it was converted into a museum. It re-opened to the public in 2011 after extensive renovations and it houses both Venetian and Burano needle laces, as well as providing a venue for local lace-makers to demonstrate their skill.

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Even the lockers are decorated with lace!

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Edging on an alb, late 19th century.

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Table center, late 19th century.

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Two lacemakers were at the school when I was there. Neither of them spoke English and my Italian wasn’t up to the task of discussing lace on my 3rd day in Italy, but I did find out that they use cotton thread.

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The lacemaker at the back of the photo above was working on a fan (to be mounted in a frame, not on fan sticks, obviously). I was disappointed that I couldn’t see her working the reseau ground. She had finished the base design and was doing the fairly mindless job of couching the cordonnet. I can’t say I blame her for bringing easier work when one is being jostled by curious tourists and school tours, but I was hoping to see her work the ground!

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Museo del Merletto, Burano

The other lacemaker was working on a large edging for a cloth.

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Museo del Merletto, Burano

Girls from a school tour sat in the empty lacemaking chairs and pretended to make lace.

Museo del Merletto, Burano

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