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Paola Billi e Nicola Piccioli

Paola Billi: Graphic designer, creative, artist, lives and works in Florence.
She carries off her double career as image consultant and calligrapher. She is th author of the plan of search on Oriental calligraphy, entitled "femaleproject". She teaches at FeiMo, Italian School of Far Eastern Calligraphy and Sigillography. She leads courses of Han Calligraphy at Zen Manastery "Ensoji", Milan and public school.
Invited artist to the "2001" Wold Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk- Do", Korea.
She has partecipated to the "Art of Ink in America 2002", Portland, USA and to the "6th International Calligraphy Art and Culture Great Exhibition", Seoul, Korea- Zibo, China.

Nicola Piccioli: Chairman of the Cultural Association FeiMo.
Indipendent scholar of Far Eastern aesthetic. Teacher of Chinese Calligraphy and Sigillography at Civic School of Oriental Culture and Language in Milan. He is teacher of Han Calligraphy at Zen Monastery "Ensoji", Milan.
Invited artist to the "2001 Wold Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk- Do", Korea.
He has partecipated to the "Art of Ink in America 2002" and to the "6th International Calligraphy Art and Culture Great Exhibition", Seoul, Korea- Zibo, China.

Yoko Shimada

Yoko Shimada was born in Tokyo in 1965; she begun in 1985 to learn Tea Ceremony from a master of the Omotesenke school, which is recognized as the direct heir of the tradition taking its origin from the founder of the Tea Ceremony himself. In 1990 Mrs. Shimada participated to the course for young disciples held by the head of the family of the Omotesenke school at the school's central seat in Kyoto. In 1993 she was awarded with the teaching licence of Tea Ceremony issued by the head of the family of the Omotesenke school.

Mrs. Shimada participated to various Tea Ceremony demonstrations, such as: in 1999 the Japanese Culture's festival 'Wabi Sabi' held in Florence in the 'Ex-Leopoldine' hall in Piazza Tasso with sponsorship of the City Council of Florence and the Japanese Embassy in Rome; between 2000 and 2001 other demonstrations at the Zen Culture's Center 'Centro Zen Firenze' and in the town of Sesto Fiorentino near Florence; in March 2001 Mrs. Shimada participated to the Japanese Culture's festival 'Tea and Camellias' held in the Gardens of Boboli in Florence and organized by the Japanese Green Tea Producers Association. Mrs. Shimada helds lessons of Tea Ceremony at her house in Florence, with the aim of spreading the knowledge of this traditional art which includes elements and motives from almost all other traditional japanese arts and creates a relaxed yet intense athmosphere.