uroburo

Atelier UrOburo

Via G. Thaon De Revel, 19
20125 Milano

Tel. 02 6682 3658

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Social Project

There’s an old saying that every artist is a bit mad…

What if we try to turn that saying around?

And what if we said that every person suffering from mental health issues is in a way a kind of genius?

This is how UrOburo, the jewellery studio created by the Città e Salute Social Cooperative, sees it.

The starting point was to devise a project involving a training course for patients of Mental Health Centres in Milan to help them find skilled work in the field of handmade jewellery.

The master jeweller Davide De Paoli – sculptor, jewellery designer and teacher of a New Jewellery course since 1983 – seemed to us to be the ideal person for this new adventure that would combine social integration with artistic quality.

There’s an old saying that every artist is a bit mad…

What if we try to turn that saying around?

And what if we said that every person suffering from mental health issues is in a way a kind of genius?

This is how UrOburo, the jewellery studio created by the Città e Salute Social Cooperative, sees it.

The starting point was to devise a project involving a training course for patients of Mental Health Centres in Milan to help them find skilled work in the field of handmade jewellery.

The master jeweller Davide De Paoli – sculptor, jewellery designer and teacher of a New Jewellery course since 1983 – seemed to us to be the ideal person for this new adventure that would combine social integration with artistic quality.

The enthusiasm, professionalism and determination of many of the cooperative members made the years that followed a great success.

The initial project – “Il gioiello che sorride” (“Smiling jewellery”) – saw the first training course for mental health sufferers in the art of jewellery making (March 2001 – June 2002), then jewellery designed by the master jeweller being made with the help of the students, sold initially in Milan’s fair trade shops, and later, when the studio opened, in our own shop/workshop.

The snake eating its own tail – taken from the alchemic image UrOburo or Ouroboros – represents circularity, a cyclical nature, an end that becomes a new beginning. For us it meant reintroducing people’s creative force by honing their techniques and skills: setting in motion an ethical, virtuous circle.

“Il gioiello che sorride” was the training ground for our very first disadvantaged designer, who to this day works at the Studio supported by the designers who came to UrOburo at a later date. In June 2004 the UrOburo Collective was founded, comprising Emi Kato, Irene Marasco, Massimo Sciancalepre and  Naoko Iyoda, joined in 2010 by Sara Progressi. The Collective designers come from very different backgrounds in terms of training and they craft metals in a design research project that began with their master jeweller Davide de Paoli.

The training at UrOburo eventually became a permanent School, aimed both at people with mental health issues and at the general public. It was managed for many years by Davide De Paoli, and is now led by Margareta Niel, a jeweller and psychologist who maintains its creative founding premise initiated by her predecessor. 

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