When we talk about women in Rome we talk about creativity, independence, willingness and solidarity. Valentina Emanuele and Maria Letizia Zanasi Toschi are such an example.
Restorers of paintings, antique furniture and art objects, they have been friends for 35 years and in the name of art and conviviality they have founded together with other extraordinary women, the Cultural Association Mirò, a handicraft workshop specialized in restoration, design and professional decoration. Located in the historic district of Trastevere, the Cultural Association Mirò also offers restoration courses and guided tours of the museums of Rome.
“Women at work” is the manifesto of this association, a message that Valentina and Letizia have always wanted to convey and share as a value and a way of life. For them, working together among women is important, it creates strong bonds that last over time, as well as a pleasant atmosphere. Although they are different in life and in work, their complementarity is their strong point. If Valentina likes roundedness, she is more selective and particularly loves ceramics, Letizia likes the squareness, she is interested in everything and creates jewels, which become unique pieces with their imperfections.
Involved in social work, they have transformed craft into an instrument to help others. For Maria Letizia and Valentina restoration has a socially useful function because creating with your own hands is gratifying and being able to say I did it, I restored it, it is a personal pleasure that has no equal.
Valentina and Maria Letizia await you in Via deo Vascellari 19, in their eclectic craft workshop, where you can see them working and admire their wonderful restoration work.