Artex restarts 2023 with 2 free virtual appointments that reflect on new global trends, from innovative enabling technologies to digital, from environmental to social sustainability, referring to artistic craftsmanship. In line with the directives of the New European Bauhaus and looking at the SDGs, i.e. the sustainability objectives of the European Union’s AGENDA 2030, the Innovation Webinars want to be a ground for dialogue and reflection.

The meetings are aimed at artisans and companies operating in the artistic handicraft sector, with the aim of stimulating a discussion and reflecting on current macro-themes, and how these fit into the company strategy.

The next virtual seminars, conceived in collaboration with the Foundation for Research and Innovation of the University of Florence and supported by the Crafting the Future program of the World Crafts Council Europe, will focus on the theme of sustainability and inclusion, with experts of caliber which will introduce the topics, and good practices of craft business activities that have been able to make the circular economy and social sustainability the core business of the activity.

Register now and don’t miss the two January appointments:

“ Innovation Webinar – Sustainability and Circular Economy”

Tuesday 24 January 2023 – 4.30 pm

Cristina Gabetti

Italian-American journalist, speaker and sustainability consultant. After a decade as a rock reporter, her motherhood leads her to investigate the impact of our lifestyles on society and the environment. Finding herself in the great gap between what we know and how we live, she experiments with sustainable solutions at 360 degrees. It’s a transformative journey. You have published 4 books on applied sustainability, including one for schools – Tondo Come il Mondo which, in its twelfth edition, reaches almost one million students. She is the author and presenter of the weekly program Occhio al Futuro (formerly Occhio allo Spreco) on Striscia la Notizia, moderates international conferences on sustainable development, teaches, holds workshops and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy.

Niccolò Cipriani – Rifò Lab

Founded in December 2017, by Niccolò Cipriani and Daniele Ceni, thanks to a successful crowdfunding on Ulule, Rifò produces high quality garments and accessories, made with 100% regenerated textile fibers. Rifò represents the union between sustainable green innovation and an ancient industrial tradition known all over the world, which carries on a great treasure of manual art. Rifò is a brand born from the global emergency, from the need for a change towards an ethical and sustainable model, for our generation and those to come. Rifò represents the synergy between technology, social commitment and respect for the environment. Our mission is to produce high quality garments made to last, with particular attention to detail.



“Innovation Webinar – Inclusion and social sustainability”

Tuesday 31 January 2023 – 4.30 pm

Mario Biggeri

Associate Professor in Development Economics at the University of Florence and President of the Degree Course in Economic Development, International Social-Health Cooperation and Conflict Management. He has been a fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association since 2010. His research focuses on poverty and well-being of children, the capability approach, international cooperation, collective action, disability, the evolution of informal activity and clustering of small and medium-sized enterprises, local development. He is the author and co-author of 13 books and boasts many publications in national and international journals. (source: Arcolab)

Stefania Piccini – President and Co-founder Made in Sipario

Made in Siopario is a type “B” Social Cooperative whose working members are young adults with intellectual disabilities or in a fragile situation who work side by side, every day, to produce objects that are purchased because they are “beautiful, useful and not just supportive.” Born in November 2011, they offer new stimuli and opportunities to disabled children who, having finished school, need help to become professional and enter the world of work in order to feel closer to their peers and more integrated.



To review the seminars, simply access the  YouTube Artex channel – Innovation Webinar Playlist, the interventions will be available approximately from the day following the indicated date.

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