Casa Khalesa is a small traditional Sicilian farmhouse on the edge of the village of Testa dell’Acqua, in the hills above Noto. The house overlooks unspoilt views over rolling countryside down to the shores of the Ionian Sea. There is a large paved terrace in the front of the house, where we usually take lunch. The garden is planted with a variety of olive and fruit trees, as well as plants and flowers indigenous to this part of Sicily which provide splashes of exotic colour.
The Book & Paper Studio
Our studio was purpose built, and fully equipped for bookbinding and paper conservation. It is in a rural setting, with easy access to the 5 Baroque cities of Southern Sicily, Mount Etna, lovely beaches and 1 hour’s drive from Catania airport.
The Garden & Our Produce
The garden has been lovingly developed over the years highlighting the indigenous flora of the wild land surrounding the property. We also have olives, lemons, oranges, apricots, figs, grapefruit, pears, & prickly pear. In the spring and summer we have a vegetable garden, and herbs are plentiful all year round. Sunlight and shade pervade the different levels, and a cooling lawn just below the house and main terrace makes the perfect spot for quiet contemplation, reading or snoozing!
After studying Art History at the British Institute in Florence, Judith’s early career involved architectural draughtsmanship and interior design; working in a domestic and corporate interior design business specialising in the supply of antiques, European wallpapers and Italian and French textiles.
From 1992 Judith was based in Prague, Czech Republic, as the Creative Director of the Culture Sans Frontieres Group working with Central and Eastern European Cultural Institutions, namely Prague Castle, the Office of the President, the Decorative Arts Museum, the National Museum, the Fine Arts Gallery, the Jewish Museum and in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich.
The varied work within the cultural institutions paved the way to conservation. Judith was privileged to be able to work with curators and conservation staff to identify works of art suitable for reproduction. Working with these staff members gave her invaluable experience into the importance of preservation and conservation.
Until opening her own studio Judith was on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Museums and Galleries of the Czech Republic