Friday, November 9, 2007

Functional Vintage

I would expect to see this collection of antique pasta machines in a museum rather than a functioning pasta store in the center of Florence. Tucked away on a tilted side street this little “find” has been churning out Ravioli’s for over 40 years.

I have been quietly noting the artisanal craftsm(wo)anship that I have seen peeking in store windows which include antique presses, key makers, restoration machinery, framing, textile etc. This research has come full circle as my findings have shifted conveniently into the production of food. Although the physical act of eating remains constant the impact of technology on food production and mass consumption is a major dialogue not only in the foodies whose subscribe to Slow Food movement and the farmers who toil the land, but with every Restaurant owner (big and small), parent and major fast food corporation.

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