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Macramé Masterclass with Diana Poidimani

The Macramé Masterclass with Diana Poidimani is a unique chance to learn advanced macramé techniques from one of the best Italian macramé masters. Diana is a Rome-based fiber artist who has been teaching macramé at the School of Ornamental Arts of Rome since the 90s, and who has recently published her first book “Essere Nodo”, about her macramé techniques.

The Masterclass will be held on September 2 in Polcenigo, a charming village in the province of Pordenone, which is famous for it’s “Sagra del Thest”, a basketry fair that has been held here for over 300 years. The class is the perfect occasion to mix learning advanced macramé techniques and exploring the world of Italian traditional basketry. Associations and artisans from all over Italy will be present in Polcenigo during the weekend of the 3 and 4 September.

Upon request we can organise your travel and/or accommodation, just drop us an email or a message at info@destinationeverywhere.eu or send us a message on our social media pages.

Above, some of Diana's macramé creations, and her work with her students. Photos courtesy of Diana Poidimani.

Masterclass location

Polcenigo, Province of Pordenone – Italy (View on Google Maps)

Date and time

Friday 2 September 2022 – all day plus group dinner at the end

Price Includes

  • Masterclass
  • Sandwich lunch and non-alcoholic drinks during the workshop
  • Group dinner in a local restaurant

Additional services available

  • Travel can be arranged upon request
  • Accommodation can be arranged upon request
  • Additional basketry workshops available upon request
  • Transport from nearby airports or trains available upon request

Your teacher: Diana and the In-Possible knot

Diana Poidimani comes from a long line of sculptors: born in 1954 in Siracusa, Sicily, she studied at the Academy of Arts in Rome, where she still lives and teaches macramé at the School of Ornamental Arts.

In continuation of the family tradition, Diana’s macramé works resemble sculpture, and she is the creator of what she has called the “In-Possible Knot”, a knot that allows for three-dimensional effects both in the tiniest formats and in large works.

Diana’s masterclass is indicated for people who already know the basics of macramé and are ready to take their technique one step further. The maximum number of participants for the class is 12, plus an interpreter (Italian to English and viceversa) will be present all day to ensure an easy communication flow between the teacher and the students.

The location of the workshop is the Association Borgo Creativo in Polcenigo, which is fully wheelchair accessible with accessible bathroom included. Photos are available upon request.

Program

September 2Macramé Masterclass

09.30 – 10.00  – Coffee and local sweets and meet up
10.00 – 13.00  – Masterclass
13.00 – 14.00   – Lunch
14.00 – 18.00   – Masterclass
20.00 – Group dinner in local restaurant

Want to stay longer? September 3 and 4Sagra del Thest - Basket fair

The whole weekend Polcenigo hosts basket makers from all over Italy and abroad and you are welcome to stay and visit the “Sagra del Thest”.
Additional workshops could be available (we’ll send updates to the registered participants for additional learning opportunities during the weekend).

The local association Borgo Creativo, which will host the Masterclass in their beautiful atelier, a renovated mill, describes the sagra:

“The “Sagra dei Sest” has been held in Polcenigo on the first weekend of September for more than three hundred years. The date is indicative of the function it once had: it was a fair where farmers went to buy the containers for the harvest, the “thestons”.

Originally the festival took place near the Sanctuary of the Santissima, but later, during this century, it moved to the historic center of Polcenigo taking the Venetian name of “Sagra dei Sest” or Friulian “Sagra dei Thest”.

Every year, thousands of people meet in the square to admire and buy the typical products of this and other sectors of local crafts, from wicker to rush, wood, ceramics, leather …”

For more info visit Borgo Creativo’s website.

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