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 .

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.
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Cristian Minuti

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Thessy Schoenholzer Nichols

A restorer and scholar of ancient costumes, embroideries and laces. She is the author of numerous essays on laces and costume. 
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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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Adele Olivieri

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Angela Giordano

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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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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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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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Alessio Francesco Palmieri-Marinoni

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Simonetta Dynys

Professor of History of Costume and Fashion, Art History Fashion Design. During her teaching career, she held a professorship at the "Dudovich" High Professional Institute in Milan. She deals with training and teaching in Courses for the Fashion Design discipline. She has collaborated and collaborates with Institutes of High Education: LdM The Italian International Institute, Cavour-Pacinotti Institute, Le Arti Orafe Jewelery School, Istituto Il Duomo. She also restores ancient and contemporary ceramic works, including worksof art by Melotti and Fontana, and collaborates with restoration workshops and art galleries.
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