Alison Woolley
decorative painter

About Alison Woolley

Alison is a professional artist and decorator specialized in Italian painted furniture, owner of, a painting and decoration studio in Florence Italy.

Alison graduated with honours after winning two scholarships from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada. She moved to Florence and worked for more than 15 years under the guidance of Florentine master artisans before opening her own bottega in Via San Bartolo a Cintoia 97. Her bottega produces fine furniture finishes and decorative art for the interior design industry worldwide.

'I came as a student in 1987 to Florence and was captured by the special beauty of this city and the Florentine people. The atmosphere inside a true old style Florentine bottega is something rare that I view as a gift that was given to me, and that I would like to share. These artisans taught me a way of working, a set of skills, and an appreciation for fine European antiques and decorative work that remains the basis of my daily work.'

Alison’s work has been exhibited in various international decorative design shows:

- Bottega d’Arte showroom, 'Arte e Decoration' , Via dei Sapiti, Florence, Italy (near the Ponte Vecchio in central Florence)
- Artigianato e Palazzo, Artisan Show, Palazzo Corsini, Florence, Italy, May 1997,‘98,’99,’00 (exhibitors selected by invitation only)
-Diladdarno, Artisan Show of Florence’s traditional artisan district , Piazza del Carmine, Florence, Italy, April 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
- Marta, Artisan Show, Fortezza Da Basso, December 1998

Design and execution of exclusive lines of furniture for Italian furniture design companies which have appeared in AD (edizione italiana) and been exhibited at the following exhibitions :
- Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milano
- Abitare il Tempo, Verona
- Macef, Milano
- Maison e Objet, Paris

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