THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS
1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?
(Ermanno and Maurizio) We’re keeping alive an old workshop and while we’re doing it we’re surviving ourselves with it. This is a place of production, exchange and conservation.
2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?
(Ermanno and Maurizio) We learned that sensitivity e precision demand a continuative exercise.
3. IF YOU HAD TO CONVINCE A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
(Ermanno e Maurizio) Whatever you do, do it at your best!
THE SURVIVING STORY
” We became artisans or we’ve always been like that? Doesn’t matter, really. We were high school classmates, best friends, then we went our own ways. We met again later in life with the will to do something together in a new direction.
We felt the desire to challenge ourself with some sort of endeavor when we met the Legatoria Montanari: an ancient and beautiful mastery, fascinating materials, old tools – we fell in love with it and took over. The original owner worked with us for a long period but we still feel like the learning process is never ending.
It’s a colossal commitment: fix the orders, look after the client, develop ideas, pay the bills, discuss, find the materials and, indeed, clean things up! We have done a mountain of books and boxes. We feel we’re getting better year after year. We opened doors of our workshop and friendships, ideas, exhibitions were born. We became teachers also thanks to the confidence and we can see how that was a good idea in the growing interest of our “students”. Every class is better than the previous one, every object we make seems better: I guess it’s because we manage to transfer our knowledge to the people around us more effectively. To meet people that like what we do is, indeed, the greatest achievement for what seemed to be since the beginning a crazy or at least heroic choice.
Everything has been done with our hands. It’s a tiring job but we’re happy about it. “