Florentine plants and prints

San Marco, Florence

Florentine plants and prints

Follow Margherita Pandolfini and Karl Jorns through Florence’s historic, Medici-founded botanical gardens and into the world of handmade, botanical-inspired textiles.

Break up the frantic pace of Florentine museum-hopping with a peaceful morning surrounded by beautiful blooms and a creative, hands-on textile-painting experience in a private palazzo. Have fun, get colourful and let your nature-inspired creativity loose: you’ll walk away with botanical knowledge, a new skill and a one-of-a-kind, handmade-in-Florence work of textile art. 

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From €500 for 2 people

Margherita Pandolfini and Karl Jorns

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Margherita Pandolfini and Karl Jorns

Textile designers

Florence-born Margherita Pandolfini has travelled the world; studied fashion, textiles and sculpture in London; and worked for art galleries and fashion designers. She moved back to her native Italy to focus on textiles. There, she met Karl and together they established La Serra MK Textile Atelier in 2009. Karl Jorns was born in Colombia, began his career in Brazil in theatre costumes and fashion and moved to Florence to study at the prestigious Polimoda, where he now lectures and teaches textile painting and design.

Stamps, screen-prints and colourful dyes – bring your creativity (and your I’d-paint-in-these clothes)

3 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:30 and 13:30
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Where you'll go
You’ll start at Florence’s historic botanical garden for a brief history on the uses of plants, their medicinal properties and the inspiration Karl and Margherita have found in the natural environment. Afterwards, you’ll stroll to Margherita’s family’s 16th-century palazzo – designed by Raphael, naturally – where you’ll tour the gardens before settling into the orchid greenhouse that’s home to Margherita’s beautiful bohemian atelier. There, Karl and Margherita will guide you in their handmade textile techniques and you’ll try your hand yourself.
What you'll learn
You’ll learn about the history of plants – their uses in medicines, food, art and textiles – as you tour two fragrant Florentine gardens. Then, during your hands-on textile-making session, you’ll learn about all-natural dye methods – screen printing, stencilling, block printing and hand painting. You’ll choose a material and get creative, experimenting with techniques and colours; if you’re feeling particularly inspired, Margherita and Karl can help you create original stamps and stencils for a truly one-of-a-kind piece.
Experience location
You will be meeting Margherita Pandolfini and Karl Jorns outside the Giardino dei Semplici; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.