Clay Finishes & Decorations 2024
At the straw house in Pramaggiore (VE)
Finishes are not only the aesthetic part of our wall but can also be a tool to express our artistic vein through material application. Getting hands into the earth has tremendous therapeutic power both physically and mentally; clay in contact with our skin can extract toxins from the body, rebalancing our magnetic and energetic fields.
Theory: There will be a theoretical part where the characteristics of raw earth, natural mineral, vegetable, and animal colors will be explained. We will understand which ingredients to combine in the mix to create different finishes with colors.
Practice: We will see how to perform tests to understand different mixes and create examples of plaster. All participants will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by creating samples of finishes and decorations using various provided ingredients and different tools.
WHEN: Dates and times to be determined: Indicatively from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
WHERE: At the straw house at the Permaculture Center La Boa map
FOOD:: Lunches and snacks will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes; vegan options are available upon request by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week before the workshop.
EXAMPLES OF DECORATIONS THAT WE CAN CREATE
Stefano Soldati: He studied in the United Kingdom with Barbara Jones the techniques of building with straw bales, plaster in raw earth, and lime, training as a designer, builder, and teacher. He specialized at the FAL e.V. center in Ganzlin (D) on raw earth. Since 2004, he has been teaching Permaculture, the design and construction of straw bale buildings. He is one of the first four Italians to graduate in Permaculture, as well as the founder and first President of the Italian Academy of Permaculture, Promopaglia (Italian Association for Straw Construction), and ESBA (European Straw Building Association). He is a lecturer at various research centers and universities in Architecture, Engineering, and Agriculture both in Italy and abroad. In 2011, he was appointed by the Argentine Government Agency INTI as an “International Expert Judge” along with David Holmgren in the design ideas competition for the construction of the new headquarters in Buenos Aires. To date, he has worked on 64 authorized straw buildings in Italy and abroad or supporting designers and/or teaching self-construction.