Ever since the Renaissance, the city has been an epicentre of craftsmanship, its residents proud patrons of the arts. Leather, jewellery, textiles, marbled paper, perfume and many more trades have a long Florentine legacy, but what makes the city so special is the way these practices have continued and evolved. Even in 2020, independent studios and ateliers are as vibrant as ever. From sunny corners of Il Conventino to historic workshops in Santo Spirito, makers are blending old traditions with new ideas. With impressive creativity, many of these independent artisans have diversified over the last few months to offer kits and virtual tutorials to teach skills at home during lockdown. Helped by initiatives like Creative People in Florence and Officina Creativa, we can support independent makers by bringing their activities into our own homes to keep us creative this winter.