One lazy afternoon while strolling the cute streets of Lecce, we entered an unassuming shop. It was hardly recognizable as a shop from the outside. Inside Alberto and Dino were sitting and chattering away as if they have been waiting for our arrival all this while…
We did not know that we were looking at the portrait of an artist, until we started looking around the shop. I saw a print and immediately knew it would be mine. Maker turned out to be Alberto himself.
When people like each other no matter what the languages they can communicate. Though we know some limited Italian it was easy to connect with him. He told us about his art and showed us his books, prints, the printing machine and more.
This is Alberto’s passion! He has been doing this since 1934, his father founded the La Teatrale typography shop in 1926.
Dino, his brother in law, and AnnaMaria, his sister – a soprano, joined our lively conversation. Also we had the pleasure of meeting Antonio, Dino’s talented son.
Hard not to fall in love with culture, art, passion… we felt lucky that we walked in on this history waiting to be told and heard.
If you are visiting Lecce, drop by and say hello to Alberto and family. The shop is located at Via dei Perroni, 21 Lecce. If you are far away then follow him on Facebook at Tipografia Del Commercio Lecce.
As I received a few holiday cards, I could not help but admire how some cards were so thoughtfully crafted. I was surprised only because at this digital age where people break up via texting – we don’t expect to really receive cards. Grateful that I still know people who care to handwrite a lovely card.
Pictured above is a card that I just received, hand made by a friend; a simple stitch across the card and few snow flakes. This is the kind of card I will keep for a few years. I admit I occasionally write cards these days – but it’s due to being more selective. No need to send cards to people who will not care. That is a waste of good energy only to get sucked into a black hole. One of the paper companies I admire is the Winged Wheel. Just love their process, design, service, and quality. Wish I had more reasons to write cards so I would keep buying their paper works of art.
I hope you also received at least a few cute and thoughtful cards this season.