Author: Kris Garland

Kris Garland is a student of Alicia Roca and co-founder of Artisan Quarter Association. Her role centers on marketing communications and PR to support her colleagues and their work in the Oltrarno.
October 22, 2021

A jewelry store like no other: Extremida

Many artisans in Florence face the same challenge: the work is labor intensive, as is often the case when traditional methods are used. This requires a mastery of highly specialized techniques and painstaking attention to detail. While there are many people who appreciate the skill and finesse required to create an original work of art, […]
July 28, 2021

Artisan Quarter: substance and meaning

As life slowly returns to normal, the Artisan Quarter Association founders and its members are breathing a sigh of relief to have met our primary goal of ensuring all our members’ bottegas survived the pandemic. It has been a group effort and everyone in the association has contributed to its success. We are excited to […]
June 24, 2021

Artisan Quarter: Giuliana Becattini of BeGiuls

The Artisan Quarter Association works to support and preserve culture and art in the Oltrarno. Known for its bottegas and artisan workshops, this quarter of Florence has long been associated with the handcrafted treasures its denizens produce. With encouraging signs of a subsiding pandemic and the start of Pitti Uomo in June, Florence is preparing […]
May 20, 2021

Artisan Quarter: Meet Renato Olivastri

The Artisan Quarter Association was founded to raise awareness of the deteriorating situation in the Oltrarno and to privately fund our support efforts through donations. Our membership is comprised of local craftspeople who are the mainstay of this historic district of Florence.    In speaking with our members, those who relied mainly on foot traffic […]
March 27, 2021

Artisan Quarter: Meet Alicia Roca

At the Artisan Quarter Association, supporting our members through the pandemic is our first priority. Our association was founded to raise awareness of the deteriorating situation for artisans and craftspeople in the Oltrarno and to privately fund our startup efforts through donations.     A true master of her craft, Alicia Roca hails from four […]
March 3, 2021

Artisan Quarter: our dream to revive the Oltrarno in 2021

The Oltrarno neighborhood has long been known to be a hub of artisanal workshops. Rich in culture and history, this artisan quarter is home to many talented professionals whose original creations range from leather goods to designer jewelry, finely tailored clothes, shoes and hats. There are also experts in metalsmithing, etching, and fine art and […]