Matera is a city rich of valuable artisans and innovative activities about the environment. I’ve noticed this beautiful energy right away and I couldn’t resist to the temptation of embody it in purpose-made events. So it was born the Working Bee Days at L’Albero di Eliana.
What is it about? You just have to put together local artisans, innovative associations and recycling lovers, add some friends from other cities with whom you want to share your project and you’ll obtain an ideal mix of creativity. And, as I said, the Working Bee Days.

Until now I’ve organized two Working Bee Days at L’Albero:  I asked Casa Netural and Officine Frida to direct two workshops.
The aim? Creating something new and useful using recycled materials. Today I want to tell you the first of these Days, of which Officine Frida has been the protagonist. When L’Albero was born this association was composed by an atelier of painting, a workshop of eco-building and one of creative dressmaker.

If you come to Matera it does worth visiting Mariella’s place which is a creative recycling dressmaker that promotes the sharing of knowledge and memories.

At L’Albero, Paolo, who was at that time part of the collective, conducted a workshop where we have restored a chest of drawers and we have transformed it into a sitting place which included spaces for herbs and cushions made from recycled material (especially created by Mariella). More on this, we have transformed two old shutters in useful shelves.

A project made by many hands

All these people have participated to the project: Donato, recycling lover as me, Savio, upholster who dreams a wonderful future for our Matera, Maria Teresa, responsible of Netural Talk and who often helps me with communication and, directly from Rome, Nicola, my former colleague bookseller and great artisan.

A special value to these Days is given by the interconnection which have been created between people who didn’t know each other and discovered to have a lot in common with the others. Working Bee Days have had other positive results too. Guests and friends gave birth to a project where Georgia and Brad, two guests from New Zealand
who have become inhabitants of the house, have finished painting the shelves. ogether with Juliana, architect and friend who is the maker of many ideas of recycling here, after a year, we have transformed the sitting place into an info point.

Thanks to everybody for this amazing Working Bee Day!

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