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undoubtably one of the reasons I am so happy being immersed in the intricately layered city of Florence. In recent years, I have been discovering wonderful new possibilities through the lens of my camera, and graphic design has become another passion. I also create one-of-a-kind books; this offers a way to bring together many of my different interests, as I translate a concept into content and, ultimately, a finished piece.

Color, line, shape, shadow, words—I love it all! A selection of my work is available in my online studio shop, Studio Milledisegni.

                                                                     — Lisa McGarry

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I am an American artist & writer. Along with my daughter, I have been living in Florence for sixteen years.

I fell in love with Florence—or, rather, the idea of Florence—while earning my Architecture degree, long before I finally had the chance to visit in 1996. I was enchanted from my first walk through the city. Experiencing a place on foot—following the curves of narrow streets as they led into broad piazzas, encountering art and architecture at every turn, smelling the scent of coffee mingling with that of meats grilling and vegetables roasting, hearing the music of church bells filling the air—this was what I had always hoped for in a city.

A four-month stay while researching a book about Florence’s piazzas turned into six months, then a year, then another. By the time The Piazzas of Florence was published (Murdoch Books, Sydney & London, 2008), Florence had become home. I continue to live here, gathering inspiration for my writing and other creative projects. After making her way through the Italian school system, my daughter now studies at Florence’s university.

Although I didn’t end up practicing architecture, my educational roots have lent a voice to the many creative avenues I’ve ended up exploring... I love working with language and paper and paint. It’s the process and effect of layering that fascinates me most, which is