Month: May 2016

weaving carouge

On the path of the artisans of Carouge during Les Journées des Métiers d’Art

The recent Journées des Métiers d’Art (JEMA) gave the public a unique opportunity to visit the ateliers of the talented artisans of the Swiss Romandy and to go behind the scenes to witness the skill and craftsmanship required to design, create and maintain articles of beauty, originality and longevity. The municipality of Carouge owes much of its present-day spirit of creativity and dynamism to its history as a home to artisans down the generations. That tradition continues today and the 20 artisan-members of the Parcours des Ateliers Carougeois (PAC) joined their fellow artisans in the region in opening their workshops to visitors during the Journées des Métiers d’Art. PAC’s goal is to encourage greater appreciation for artisanal workmanship and to illustrate how cherised articles are conceived, made, assembled and maintained — whether they are handwoven pieces of clothing or handmade hats, clocks, jewellery, soap, handbags, string instruments, furniture or floral arrangements. Passion, persistance and passing it on Given my love of fabric and with only limited time at my disposal, my focus over the JEMA weekend fell on a seamstress, weaver, knitter and hat maker on the Rue Saint-Joseph in Carouge. I also looked in on a …

mirrors around Geneva

“Mirrors” exhibition reflects on borders and urbanism, presenting Geneva from multiple perspectives

The 25 open-air “Mirror” terminals dotting the Greater Geneva landscape until 30 June show the city and its environs from intriguing, multi-faceted perspectives and invite us to ponder the bigger issues of borders and urbanism and their effect on our communities. They’re also ‘heaven sent’ for photographers wanting to capture the city from a fresh point of view. Greater Geneva as the perfect urban specimen In the year 2020, two thirds of humanity will be city dwellers, up from one third in 1950. Greater Geneva, in its role as an international, world-class city and a hub for citizens who cross many borders to live and work here is a laboratory for the study of urban development. So believe the students and staff members of the six top schools comprising the Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland) or HES-SO. They have collaborated for months to mount an ambitious programme of events entitled L’Evénement HES/Frontières et Urbanité focusing on borders and urbanism that runs until 30 June and includes masterclasses, concerts, conferences and outdoor exhibitions. Many events are open to the public, some of which require prior registration. …

castle garden switzerland

“Switzerland’s Loveliest Gardens and Parks” and The Coppet Garden Fair enchants from 12-14 May 2017

Preserving the country’s natural heritage is right up the Swiss Heritage Society’s alley and what better way to do that than to entice people out into nature to show them what’s on offer. A Baroque garden, a large landscaped park, a varied urban square: Swiss gardens offer charming diversity. In honor of the Year of the Garden in 2016, last year Swiss Heritage profiled fifty of these special spaces in a newly-revised, 2nd edition of Swiss Heritage’s guide to the “Loveliest Gardens and Parks in Switzerland”. The 120-page pocket-sized French/German brochure is full of practical information including symbols indicating what’s to be found in each park: a coffee or a place to play, a particular natural setting or a spectacular view. The booklet can be ordered online at CHF 16.- for non-members and  CHF 8.- for members of Swiss Heritage. Visiting one of the 50 gardens featured in this booklet promises a journey into a new world of expertise, imagination and discovery. Who knows? You might even come away with tips and inspiration for your own garden. Coppet Garden Fair on 12, 13, 14 May 2017 Nothing …