Grapevines of Cornuda

Gigapan: Marissa Morgan

Book Arts in Venice Study Abroad Course 2014 – Northern Italy

Campo San Maurizio by Marissa Morgan

For the first week of the trip we stayed in apartments overlooking Campo San Maurizio. Staying on the island gave us a chance to see Venice at night, after all the tourists leave. It turns into a completely different town.

Venetian Printmaking Studio by Marissa Morgan

While in Venice we created and printed etchings at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. Our prints were inspired by the Venetian painters we saw in the Accademia Gallery and the architecture of Venice.

Verona, Italy by Marissa Morgan

We then traveled to Verona to visit a printmaking museum and artist studio. On our first full day there, we climbed up to Castle Saint Pietro to see the city laid out beneath us. From this view you can see the Adige River and Duomo di Verona.

Museo Conte by Marissa Morgan

The Museo Conte is a working printmaking studio and museum in Verona, Italy. The printing studio was founded in 1750 and has been owned by the same family since 1934.

Florence Duomo by Marissa Morgan

We then left the Veneto region for a week in Tuscany. During one of our free days we climbed up to the cupola of the Florence Duomo. It was raining but it didn't stop us from enjoying the amazing view.

Florentine Printmaking Studio by Marissa Morgan

While in Florence we created letterpress posters at the Florence School of Fine Arts. The school is located in the studio of a renaissance artist. It was inspiring to work in a space that has been dedicated to art making for centuries.

Grapevines of Cornuda by Marissa Morgan

The last stop on the trip was a tiny town north of Venice called Cornuda. This region is known for its sparkling white wine and we arrived just in time for the wine festival.

Tipoteca Italiana by Marissa Morgan

In Cornuda, we worked at Tipoteca Italiana Foundazione to create a book of our poems. We hand set each poem in Garmond, designed a cover with wooden type, and created linocut illustrations. You can see our books drying on the tables.

Printing Presses by Marissa Morgan

Tipoteca Italiana has dozens of printing presses, linotypes, and monotypes in working condition. They also have one of the largest collections of moveable type in Italy. The type in the yellow drawers in the back of this gigapan are only a fraction of what they have.


Marissa would like to thank Jeff Abshear for being a wonderful guide and mentor. This trip would not have been possible without support from the Lee Honors College, The Haenicke Institue for Global Education, The Gwen Frostic School of Art, and Western Michigan University. She would also like to thank Illah Nourbakhsh, Dror Yaron, Clara Phillips and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University for introducing her to the GigaPan technology.

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Marissa Morgan is a student at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is currently studying computer science and art with a particular emphasis on the combination of art and technology. Marissa is currently the outreach and media assistant for the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University as well as an intern at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

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