AMELIA SPECIAL 2005
Amelia, province of Terni a few km from Orvieto.
Sunday 4 and Monday 5 September 2005

In an enchanting and relaxed setting, the first seminar with a cultural didactic background was organized by the APTPI board of directors. In this first edition, of which similar futures are expected, the topics dealt with were two main: the first concerned the anthropological and hygienic-sanitary aspects of traction and suspension practices with practical demonstrations of basic techniques. The second dealt with the principles and foundations of illustration with live drawing exercises and image interpretation. The two courses of the seminar while taking place within the same structure, a beautiful farm in the Orvieto countryside, provided separate lessons for drawing and suspension, so that learning what was going to be analyzed was more effective. In reality it was inevitable, with our suspense and satisfaction, a mutual “pollution” that led designers to follow some moments of the suspension lesson and vice versa. a beautiful farm in the Orvietana countryside, provided separate lessons for drawing and suspension, so that it was more effective learning what was going to be analyzed. In reality it was inevitable, with our suspense and satisfaction, a mutual “pollution” that led designers to follow some moments of the suspension lesson and vice versa. a beautiful farm in the Orvietana countryside, provided separate lessons for drawing and suspension, so that it was more effective learning what was going to be analyzed. In reality it was inevitable, with our suspense and satisfaction, a mutual “pollution” that led designers to follow some moments of the suspension lesson and vice versa. so that learning what was going to be analyzed was more effective. In reality it was inevitable, with our suspense and satisfaction, a mutual “pollution” that led designers to follow some moments of the suspension lesson and vice versa. so that learning what was going to be analyzed was more effective. In reality it was inevitable, with our suspense and satisfaction, a mutual “pollution” that led designers to follow some moments of the suspension lesson and vice versa.

As for the suspensions, he was invited as teacher Haave Fjell, professional performer and Cristiane Lofblad piercer professional owner of the PINPOINT BODY PIERCING STUDIO in Oslo, both members of the “WINGS OF DESIRE” suspension team in Oslo. At their lessons there were 14 participants among piercers and non, from different parts of Italy and, as usual, the registration was open to anyone interested in the event.

The first day was devoted to the theory where Haave and Christiane dealt with the topic of traction and suspension from the anthropological and historical point of view, supported by videos and photographs through which it was clear how these practices were varied and rooted in ancient cultures. Illustrating the various forms of suspensions, famous pioneers and interpreters of these ancient practices have been cited: Fakir Musafar, one of the fathers of modern body piercing with his purely ritual vision; Stelark, a rational and scientific Australian artist, eclectic experimenter; Allen Falkner, a body performer who has combined scientific experimentation and rituality, opening the doors to the common public.
Much of the time used for the theory was dedicated to the hygienic-sanitary aspect, illustrating the techniques to proceed safely and the most appropriate equipment for the purpose. The projection of images documents on the various types of suspensions concluded the first day of the seminar dedicated to rituals.

The second day was entirely dedicated to the practice of basic techniques. All the participants, with the guidance of Haave and Cristiane, were able to learn and personally experience the entire procedure, from the preparation of the “set up”, to the insertion of the hooks, to the suspension of the person and assistance. The two guest speakers, with the help of the Board of Directors of the Association, have always supervised and supervised in order to guarantee maximum professionalism and safety without ever leaving anything to chance.
Five or six suspensions had been planned during the organization of the seminar; to our surprise and satisfaction fourteen were realized.

The illustration workshop featured Rita Bevini, professional illustrator of the international comix school in Florence. Also in this case, a lot of time was devoted to the theory and the projection of images in which the various concepts of illustration and various interpretations were analyzed.

It was highlighted how everything comes from the interpretation of the “true” and how important it is to learn to draw what you see first. It follows that one of the greatest qualities of a designer is precisely his ability to observe.
Among the participants in the seminar there were many professional tattoo artists who were able to experiment and realize the difficulty of “graphic solfeggio” or the basic exercises in order to be able, once acquired to be able to realize any illustration giving free rein to the own creativity.

The second half of the first day was dedicated to drawing from life and various observation techniques. We have seen which primary points to observe and then fix on the sheet in order to construct the image based on them. We have seen how difficult it is to draw what one “sees” by renouncing what one “knows”. With the help of a model, work has been set on reproducing body postures and facial expressions from various viewing angles.

On the second day, creativity was given free rein and contamination and image interpretation experimented. Great space was dedicated to the concept of “synthesis” emphasizing the importance of arriving at the expressive and communicative nucleus of the image, stripping it of what is only an interpretation of the artist who performed it, in order to “dress” it . Each participant, being able to choose between five proposed illustrations, he could interpret them according to his own sensibility without losing the message that the image brought with it. The aim was to perform a “translation” from illustration to tattoo in order to make the image represented on the skin.

Eventually all the participants, about ten, to the course of illustration have pleasantly compared to each other and with the help of Rita have been able to face and overcome the technical limitations that inevitably every tattoo artist or designer, especially if self-taught, is dragged behind by always.

In conclusion these two days of seminars have set the foundations for a new associative mentality that, hopefully, will lead to a traditional annual appointment as it was for the Arezzo Congress. Enthusiasm and will are not lacking from both the organizers and the public so in fact there are all the requirements to do well again.

 (Text translated with Google Translate)
APTPI-ST staff
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