the Michelangelo Foundation has launched its Homo Faber Guide – a digital platform that enables visitors to search for artisans, ateliers, museums and craft experiences in Europe.
Named after Italian renaissance artist Michelangelo, and it is an international non-profit organisation that supports master designers and artisans from across Europe.
The foundation's newly launched online Homo Faber Guide aims to give more visibility to artisans while developing a strong European network within the creative industry.
The searching system is broken down into three categories labelled discover, visit and experience. Users can browse by country or city, or alternatively by terms such as material, product or specific craft.
In the discover section, browsers can find craftspeople, studios and manufacturers based across Europe, from glassblowers in Venice and ceramicists in Stockholm to tapestry weavers in Paris and printmakers in London.
When searching in the visit category, people can find various museums, galleries and shops in specific areas to visit, like the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, or the Enza Fasano ceramic shop in Grottaglie, Italy.
The experience category, on the other hand, shows available craft-related courses, guided tours and events in locations across Europe. This includes anything from glass blowing and jewellery making to a private tour of the Stieglitz School museum in Russia.
Artisans are selected by the foundation according to eleven criteria set by executive director Alberto Cavalli.