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Everything about the course was amazing.  I learned about so much more than bookbinding.  Simonetta’s restoration work is detailed and important.  Simonetta is truly gifted and wise.  She helped me appreciate the patience needed to create beautiful work.  I made 3 books, the main one had me doing things I never dreamed I could do.  I made 2 smaller books using simpler binding techniques. I now look at all books with a different eye. I took notes and videos and I am eager to practice at home,  though I may have to find someone who has a telaio I can use.  We had wonderful conversations about paper, art and life.  I would recommend this course to anyone who wants an experience of a lifetime.

I also loved staying with Valentina.  We got along well and I learned so much from her.  She is a wealth of knowledge on Florence, the Medicis and things like art and the environment which I am also interested in.  I know that my experience in Florence was greatly influenced by her.

I do hope to visit Florence again… next year. Thank you so much for everything

I cannot speak highly enough of the whole experienced.

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