Monday, December 14, 2009

ONLINE Charity X-Mas sales for Faculty of Weaving

I L. G. , in full possession of my faculty of weaving, I have hand-woven these scarves with a thread so thin that, in every scarf, there are 2 kilometers and 160 meters of yarn... all passed through my my hands. I was deligthed like a spider :-)

"No weaver would dare to warp with a thread like this! It's just good for the weft" I was told by Mr. Pucci, who is the father of that yarn. In fact, that's a brushed mohair: is a very hairy yarn, which is intriguing and is caught in the game of heddles. :-(

But I've tried. Sometimes it happened that a thread broke. No matter, even better: while I fixed, I seized the opportunity to leave a trace with a thread of different colors, I so tattooed the body of the cloth. This is the secret of the mysterious tracks that cover the work: they are the scars of my surgery. Quite tribal! Is it n't? :-)

Each shawl measuring 50 x 200 cm, weighs only gr. 240 and of course, is a unique piece, I beg only € 60.00 + € 4.15 registered shipping

Each shawl measuring 50 x 200 cm, weighs only gr. 240 and of course, is a unique piece.
I ask only € 60.00 + € 4.15 registered shipping : -0

If you see a piece that you like, you can send me a message. Otherwise, you could share this link. Thanks for supporting (my?) Faculty of weaving. ;-)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fashion Rag tapestry

That's may be a saquel of my video Kilim Walking, Istanbul 2007.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

abstracted myself

I abstracted myself from the MADE Catalogue

I’ve been living on hand-weaving, for over thirty years. This may be answer to the classic question: “Can one live by weaving?” In my case, however, weaving is not really a job. It’s much less and much more: it’s more of an existential than economic enterprise, and certainly not exempt from madness. But, as Hölderlin claims, madness is the essence of the human spirit. Weaving is in fact as old as man. In the prehistory of human evolution, weaving is the empirical paradigm that triggers intellectual development: the famous cerebral hardware of the Human Spirit.
Before I was a young philosopher, now I’m an old weaver... and yet they still call me Professor by virtue of that degree that I never used. Thus I founded my Faculty of Weaving in a minuscule village in Umbria. There’s nothing to laugh about: Italy is a country of universities and of country universities. In the Faculty we carry out a lot of research, both experimental and related to the textile workshop. Here we test out strange textile fibres, we recycle the industrial (and semantic) waste of the Fashion system. We weave improbable prototypes, that can nevertheless be sold as one-off pieces to the supporters of the Faculty that use them as accessories, clothing and art. We don’t have any
other contributions. We also perform teaching in the Faculty of Weaving, without mapping out projects, simply through textile practice: the Indo-European rustic loom, the West African Kente loom, the Turkish-Berber tribal loom... and BrandaMaglia: an original knitting technique that uses discarded bed springs (Branda = bed, Maglia = knit). I can’t boast that I invented the original implement of the BrandaMaglia, I simply discovered it among the waste of the Opulent Modern Society. Just as, without ever creating nothing from nothing, I recover the yarns of cast-off fashions to assemble them with Missoni effects. But a good while before Missoni arrived on the scene, the anonymous race of hand-weavers were already combining cast-off yarns with the most amazing colour effects. Without ever creating nothing from nothing, I recover the high-fashion fabrics, I tear them into strips and recycle them on the loom: just like the race of hand-weavers. But I sign everything, I display and document, like a contemporary artist, and I publish all my research on the web, like all democratic scientists ( Even the frames of the junked beds, after the BrandaMaglia springs have been removed, are recycled as weaving looms, used to knot up a tribal carpet from strips of industrial fabric, like the aforementioned anonymous race of weavers. Naturally this Faculty of Weaving is not really institutional, but purely situationist. It is however as proud and ancient as man, the cultural heritage of all humanity, threatened with extinction by its stupidity. But fortunately, like the Benedictines, we transcribe the codices of weaving, while waiting for the Barbarians to calm down and everyone to be smiling again, all adorned in the most splendid textiles. A far cry from Volta & Gabbana, Offendi, Versacci or Mosquito... get it?

<<< FOTO ALBUM Bicycle and dragon
Carpet created in Florence (as the title states) at the CPA in the “Tessere Liberi” workshop. It is a “rag rug”, that is a carpet made of rags, a classic variety of popular art where the knots that form the pile and/or the design are made not of wool but of strips of recycled cloth. The loom used to weave the carpet is also recycled. It was an abandoned old bed frame, retrieved by the anarchist Signori (VIDEO), a dustman who supplied Tessere Liberi with the various equipment and textile fibres. As regards the iconography, that is the designs (which the critics are always so ravenous for), we can see a number of bicycles. Here we’re talking about the non-violent, ecological struggles of the Florentine city cyclists, with cycle workshops and Critical Mass. All struggles contingent, even physically, with the people who were there knotting the rug, and who even designed a dragon on it (as the title of the work indicates). Is that because the Dragon signifi es good luck? But a rug is a rug is a rug: it doesn’t signify a cosmos, it is one.

Luciano Ghersi studied in Genoa, where he was born in 1952 and where he took a degree in Philosophy in 1975. Since 1977 he has been practising and writing about weaving; he wrote L’Essere e il Tessere (Being and Weaving) in 1992, as well as numerous articles. He wove using a simplified rustic loom, modified so that he could weave standing up, after which he turned to the vertical Sardinian loom, the flying shuttle loom, again with two pedals, looms that he built himself using recycled objects and materials. He combines colours and materials with great flair, since he utilises anomalous yarns often far from orthodox: anything that can be rendered threadlike, even barbed wire, animal material, books and lots of other objects. He prefers not to define his graphic projects in advance, creating textiles that pursue the formal and chromatic juxtapositions proper to textile patterning. In the summer of 1998 he created Global Home, which accompanied the exhibition events of the summer like a sort of work in progress. The subtitle was “nomadic workshop of public art”, and it consisted of the structure of an Indian tent made with 6-metre tubes, which was then covered by a strip of fabric that was woven on the spot by the visitors, who brought with them anomalous waste materials that they then wove on a loom constructed by Ghersi using scrap iron. In 2007 he launched the Faculty of Weaving in Porchiano Del Monte, in the province of Terni, with the idea of initiating the profane into the sublime art of Weaving, which is as necessary to Man (also understood as Woman) as the Air that he breathes.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


ARISE AND SHINE , hand woven Map of AFRICA , by my humble KENTE weaving ! Rough abstract from "ART IN ACRION 3 "KPEHE" DVD, a Native Ideas Basin production, Ghana 2oo6.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


A disable person discovers how to do a knot by crossing her arms.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

HyperTextile Cube


Luciano Ghersi, Porchiano del Monte, Umbria, Italy 2009

HyperTextile Cube
"chair stuffing" with ragged cloth, on wood.
cm 50 x 50 x 52,5

by appointment of the Terni "cube parade",
Cavour Art Festival 2009
from AUG 29 in Terni, Umbria, Italy

Foto Album

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fair Trade... Fairy Tale

I upload again my project "AFEVOR", for the fair trade of Kente Weaving from Ghana.
It was a totally voluntary work, suggested by the fair trade organization "Commercio Alternativo"... but then brushed off.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

HyperTextile Spinoza

Last night I had a dream:
Spinoza weaving at MY loom.
His hair as rastaman
had intertwingled dreads.

Spinoza said: " No worry. man.
There are no textes, no textiles!
But only an endless HyperText
an' endless also HyperTextile. "

Thanks to Ebay for the image

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Kente weaving

You can discover and/or recognize the universe of Kente weaving,
just clicking
the picture.

The Jacquard Loom (in Italian)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Handloom, Codex Universalis (in Italian)

Rag Rug in Florence

My rag rug "Bikes"
is going to be exhibited in Florence at MADE!

You may see this work in progress

You may downoload the whole MADE Catalog

Car-Pet Bike, rag rug

Place this car-pet on the seat of your car... you can feel relaxed just as riding your bicycle.

You may also hang it as tapestry, as done by the 6eTriennale Internanionale de Tournai.

I myself woven this carpet by old bed frame that I had recycled as a true tribal loom, The knots are made of old cloth.

PHOTOS of all my car-pet bikes.


...or try E-BAY

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fashion Rags, shawl

Summer shawl made in Italy. Unique piece by a contemporary hand weaver. I myself woven this scarf by an old country loom and with fashion threads. I inserted rags of fashion cloth in the weft. Fashion cloth by Bonotto. Research project of Faculty of Weaving.

You may support the faculty of weaving buying online one shawl. PLS visit my Etsy Shop

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


La Brandamaglia estiva con gli scampoli Bonotto, in Facoltà di Tessere a Porchiano e al mercato contadino Terra Terra in Forte Prenestino.

Monday, February 16, 2009

intervista di Massa

Provincia di Massa Carrara.
L’Associazione Performa presenta l’iniziativa di Arte contemporanea inserita nel progetto provinciale “Maniere: segno, parola, immagine”
Inter-vista all’artista Luciano Ghersi sul senso soggettivo dell’Arte.
Sabato 28 Febbraio 2009 Ore 15,00 – 18,00.
Presso l’Azienda di Promozione Turistica Viale Vespucci, Marina di Massa.
Per informazioni : cel. 349-7257706

Luciano Ghersi è nato e ha studiato a Genova dove ha conseguito la laurea in filosofia nel 1975. Dal 1977 pratica escrive di tessitura a mano. Tra le sue opere, è possibile citare “L'essere e il Tessere” (1992) dove espone le sue teorie,oltre a numerosi saggi pubblicati in volumi collettivi, su riviste e on line. Dopo essersi dedicato per anni alla tintura naturale delle pregiate lane che tesseva, è passato ai materiali più diversi, tutto ciò che può essere convertito in filo: carta, plastica, ferro, gomme di bici, lavorando su telai che costruisce personalmente con materiali ed oggetti direcupero. Non segue bozzetti precisi ma realizza le sue opere abbandonandosi agli accostamenti formali e cromatici chela figurazione tessile gli suggerisce. Ghersi è stato il primo artista italiano a realizzare un'opera stabile per il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri: Le poltrone del Buon Governo, tessute in filo spinato. Dal 1995 si dedica a "Cantieri di arte pubblica", dove il pubblico partecipa fornendo e tessendo materiali di recupero. Il tessuto così realizzato viene installato comearredamento urbano, come il Poncho per la statua ottocentesca di Leopoldo II al centro della Piazza di Grosseto, il Treno tessuto per la stazione di Moelv in Norvegia, La casa dell'Omo Ragno, realizzata con persone disabili, installata nella piazza rinascimentale di SS. Annunziata a Firenze. Nel 2001 Ghersi è iniziato alla tessitura tradizionale Kente Ewe nel villaggio di Klikor in Ghana, con il titolo di "Weaver of the Century": il Tessitore del Secolo. Collabora in progetti e ricerche tessili con il Blakhud Museum, sempre di Klikor. È docente di Tessitura Kente alla Fondazione Lisio di Firenze ed è fondatore della "Facoltà di Tessere" a Porchiano del Monte in Umbria, dove risiede e lavora.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009