Faculty

Our teaching staff includes scholars and experts, all of whom are highly competent in their sectors of textile culture. All our teachers boast years of experience in teaching as well as in historic research and design work .
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Thessy Schoenholzer Nichols

A restorer and scholar of ancient costumes, embroideries and laces. After completing her studies in Switzerland, she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. In 1985 she moved to Florence to work at the Costume Gallery at Palazzo Pitti. Since that time she has collaborated with many Italian and foreign institutions, studying textile and costume collections. As a lace designer and milliner, she has participated in numerous exhibitions and won recognition as a textile artist and teacher of special textile techniques. She is the author of numerous essays on laces and costume.
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Lorenzo Pesci

A textile historian who, after earning his degree in History of the Miniature and the Minor Arts, specialised in technical analysis and the evolution of decorative types in ancient fabrics. A cataloguer of the textile collections of the principal museums of sacred art in the Aretine and Florentine Valdarno areas, he is also the author of numerous publications and essays on the Italian textile heritage. He teaches and consults on ancient textiles.
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Eva Basile

A designer and hand-weaving expert, at Fondazione Lisio she teaches Jacquard fabric design and cataloguing of ancient textiles. She is president of the ‘Coordinamento Tessitori’ cultural association; she travels the world to learn about weaving techniques in different countries. As a textile artist, she participates in national and international Fiber Art exhibitions.
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Alessio Francesco Palmieri-Marinoni

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Stefano Panconesi

Born in Florence and with a degree in Economic Studies - his graduation thesis was on the marketing of dye plants - Stefano Panconesi has inherited from his father a life-long passion for natural dyeing. For over twenty years he has been active in promoting both the industrialization of natural dyeing and organic textiles, he has been researching natural dyes, their sources, uses and local traditions. He has studied historical recipes and textile materials, and the application of dyeing techniques to the textile industry. As a GOTS inspector he is an expert in all that concerns the legal aspects of sustainability.
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Simona Lombardi

A restorer with expertise in a wide range of textile arts. Her work at Fondazione Lisio includes teaching of tapestry, rug/ carpet and fabric weaving and restoration; as an expert in the history of art and costume and the techniques that go into creating artworks, she holds conferences and in-depth lessons on transversal themes. She constructs liturgical paraments and period accessories.
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Adele Olivieri

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Sara Piccolo Paci

Professor of History of Costume and Fashion, Art History, Cultural Anthropology and Historical Tailoring Techniques. She collaborates with several Cultural Institutions like the University of Florence, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Polimoda, F.U.A., Kent State University and New York University -Villa La Pietra (Florence). She is also author of various/numerous books and essays on fashion, art and liturgical clothes .
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Patrizia Coggiola

After studying at the University of Pisa, Patrizia Coggiola began her professional career as costume and textile researcher, and costume designer for the theater. She has been Director's assistant at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Musée du Louvre in Paris. She has been responsible for large sections related to Italian fashion in Treccani Encyclopedia and for the second edition of the 'Dictionnaire de la Mode au XXe Siècle', Ed. du Regard. After teaching history of textile culture, during almost a decade, in design schools, among which IED Modal Lab in Milan, today she teaches fashion and textile semiology and social history in various cultural institutions in Sweden, where she moved since 2014.

Patricia Black

Patricia Black, once described as a “Poet of Cloth,” has worked in a range of artistic outlets: from designing theatre costumes to teaching dimensional textiles. Restricted initially by commerical textiles, her creativity has been both liberated and guided by the highly individual exponents of the shibori process. She counts as her tutors Inga Hunter, Helene Soubeyran and D’Arcie Beytebiere. Patricia’s practice has been further enriched by teachings of Japanese masters Junichi Arai, Hiroyuko Shindo, Kaei Hayakawa, and Yoshiko I. Wada. A standout from early on, Patricia was honoured with an invitation to transform a traditional kimono for exhibition for the very first ISS Symposium (1992). Patricia currently lives and works in Italy, where she pursued studies in silk upon receiving an Australia Council residency. Patricia’s philosophy is expressed further in Yoshiko I. Wada’s book, “Memory on Cloth”.
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Cristian Minuti

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