Happy holidays!

23 Dec

Happy Christmas and New Year © Lisette van de Graaf

Although my posting has been patchy these last months, I did not want to miss the opportunity to wish you Happy Holidays, as well as thank you for your visits, comments, following and support over the past year.

And what better to do that with, than with a collage of the 4 different cards I designed and hand-made for this year’s holidays, which family and friends will be receiving in their letterbox these days…

Dear (blog) friends, have a wonderful Christmas and may 2014 bring you all (and me too) happiness, love, good health, inspiration, fun projects and many other blessings! See you next year!

Lina V Persson

6 Nov

Gorgeous intimate and moody photographs by Lina Persson

As intimate and treasured as carrying a few cherished photos in an old tin (and what a lovely tin it is!), that is how the photographs by Lina V Persson come across to me. Intimate, for the atmosphere they exude, and treasured, for they are (often) little moments in time, that once captured, can be saved and returned to for a lifetime and beyond…

Gorgeous intimate and moody photographs by Lina Persson

Barcelona-based, but originally from Sweden, Lina Persson brings a special sensibility to her work that appeals to me, both in her black and white and colour work. This Friday sees the opening of a solo  exhibit of Lina Persson‘s most recent work at Impossible Project Barcelona (remember them?) so I thought it was as good a time as any to share some of her beautiful images (34 of them, in fact, all in Polaroid format) with you, as well as this lovely video collage:

http://vimeo.com/78419134

If you’re in town (Barcelona, that is), then I recommend you make sure to check out the exhibition, which will be on until December 11th. For more details (and many dreamy photographs), check out Lina’s website or head to Impossible Project Barcelona‘s site, here.

Gorgeous intimate and moody photographs by Lina Persson

All images © Lina V Persson

Pretty “piggy” bank

5 Nov

Dos Pavos - pretty piggy bank designed by Mr. Simon

I’ve never been very good at saving, but I am sure that with a pretty “piggy” bank like this one, I would become better at it. It’s called Dos Pavos (two turkeys, literally), a name which refers to the old slang used for two five Peseta coins from days when the Peseta was still jingling in our pockets, here in Spain.

Based on the traditional Spanish ceramic piggy bank, it has been created by design studio Mr. Simon from Valencia, and made from natural beech and glazed, white ceramic. Intended for saving 2€ coins, it shows how much money you have saved (approximately) at any given time thanks to its clever “construction”.

Dos Pavos - pretty piggy bank designed by Mr. Simon

At present, Dos Pavos is actually just a project, but with your help, by reserving one (or more) of these lovely “piggy” banks via this site, it may just become a reality! C’mon! How pretty is it? So stylish in any home! Such a good idea as a birthday present or Christmas gift (what, you haven’t started shopping yet?!)…

I think it would be great if the Mr. Simon‘s Dos Pavos were produced. So what do you think? Need one? Want one? Reserve one?

Dos Pavos - pretty piggy bank designed by Mr. Simon

All photos © Mr. Simon

 

Conversations…

17 Oct

Danny Lyon at Barcelona's Foto Colectania

Have you been watching “Orange is the new Black” by any chance? I finished watching the 1st season yesterday (what a finale!), and have been enjoying it immensely! And just when I thought I’d put prison life on the back-burner until the new season starts, I was informed of an exhibit which opens this evening at Fundació Foto Colectania. One that showcases the work of that master of documentary photography, Danny Lyon, and is centered on his “Conversations with the Dead” series, in which he documents the life of Texas prisoners in the late 60’s.

Danny Lyon at Barcelona's Foto Colectania

Now I love a good black and white photo, and given how much I have enjoyed the prison themed TV series, I’ll be more than happy to check this exhibit out. It’s on from tomorrow until the 18th of January 2014 (and will be followed by exhibits of other series by Danny Lyon). If you’re in town and into photography, I recommend you head on over to Gràcia and check it out… enjoy!

Danny Lyon at Barcelona's Foto Colectania

All photos: Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

The market is open

1 Oct

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Autumn leaves

30 Sep
Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Metro station Liceu

The last day of September, and after a rather hot week last week, it seems Autumn has come to visit Barcelona again. Leaves are gathering on the ground, leaving barer branches reflected in windows, and balconies are being cleared for cooler weather is coming…

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Passeig de Joan de Borbò

Brown leaves, such a symbol of Autumn, aren’t they? There are lots of them around Barcelona, and not only of the natural kind. Just keep your eyes open, and look around you, and you will see!

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Carrer Torrent de l’Olla

Leaves carved into panels on wooden doors, or scratched into walls the two-tone sgraffito way…

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

I forgot where this is…

…as well as forged from iron, and gracing window bars.

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Carrer Dagueria

While they haven’t all quite fallen yet, and the sun is shining in the right direction, you can see their beautiful shadows cast on corner walls, like I saw yesterday morning… Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Carrer Tamarit

Blinds with personality

27 Sep
Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Llibertad

Happy Friday, everyone! The weekend is here, and I am in the mood for some fun. So how about I leave you with some blinds with personality? Some show cartoon characters, while others feature those well-known from real life or fiction…

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Junta de Comerç

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Plegamans

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Grunyi

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Martinez de la Rosa

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Bailen

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Floridablanca

… and some are just made up for the occasion. In any case, I hope you like them! Have a great weekend!

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Paloma

BCN Handmade: GEBRAT

25 Sep

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

See this lovely, smiley girl? Her name is Greta Serra, and she was referred to me by one of you, dear readers (thanks, Heather)! Turns out she weaves, by hand, absolutely gorgeous fabrics, with lots of texture and interesting twists and turns (or whatever they are called in weaver’s terminology). And then she uses those wonderful pieces of textile beauty, and turns them into very pretty handbags. Clever stick, isn’t she? Yep, that’s what I thought too, and so I decided she had to be mine. Mine to share with you in today’s BCN Handmade: GEBRAT… enjoy!

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

In Greta’s own words: I’m from Barcelona, I was born here. And although I have not always lived in this city, this to me means “origin” and “adult” and “warmth” and “asphalt”.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

My favourite place in Barcelona is my home, and after that Koy Shunka; I have not gone yet but I’m pretty sure I would like to go often and eat well.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

First I started (and finished) studying philosophy. Then I felt the need to do something creative and disciplined with my hands, so I’ve been learning from different teachers and schools, especially techniques related to the textile world.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

Knowing these techniques has allowed me to mix them and so I can weave textiles, then cut and sew them according to my own patterns, and combine with leather or other materials. Now I’m pretty focused on clothing accessories, but I also create tapestries and in the past I was quite focused on clothing. From my point of view it is not as important to define what you do (whether bags or clothes or decorations) but how you use your tools.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

I will not say everything inspires me, firstly because this statement adds nothing to the world, and secondly because it is simply not true. I am inspired by other people’s daily life, the imagery of rural life and the materials I work with, linen, wool, leather, fur.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

Weaving on the loom is without doubt one of the most satisfying parts of my process. The textures appear “rapidly” in front of your eyes and your mind starts to imagine those textures converted into an object, often three-dimensional.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

I dream to continue  doing what I love all my life. I also dream of losing my fears / laziness and that my work will always keep evolving. I have hope that all of us – myself included – start to value everyday objects. All the things we have decided to surround ourselves with have the power to influence our identity and actions, for better or for worse.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

Thanks Greta, for inviting me to your studio (a corner in her boyfriend’s office) in Sant Cugat, and for showing me the lovely notebooks you make by hand (above), transmitting me your enthusiasm for your craft, and showing me your beautiful pieces of work!

If you’d like to know more about GEBRAT and/or Greta Serra, then please have a look at the GEBRAT websiteblog, and Facebook page.

Gorgeous textiles, woven by Greta Serra - BCN Handmade

Pinned: metal + ink

20 Sep
Pinned: metal + ink - Pinterest finds that I love

Cuff Marc by Marc Jacobs

At the moment I am deeply in love with all things ink and metal, and as I now have Pinterest at my disposal, I made myself a board. I thought I’d share with you what I have pinned: metal + ink and hope you like it!

Pinned: metal + ink - Pinterest finds that I love

There are so many gorgeous things out there, and I am finding (like many of you no doubt have done before me) that creating boards is a great way to keep track of them! I know, I know… why did I wait so long?!

Pinned: metal + ink - Pinterest finds that I love

Vintage brass lighter via Etsy

Well, better late than never, I guess! I’m not sure I’ll get up to much pinning this weekend, because La Mercé’s festivities are kicking off today, but I’m pretty sure, that I’m already a little hooked on the stuff (pins, that is)! If you want, have a look at this board and if you like what you see, check around the other ones I have created so far…

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! (it’s a looong weekend here, so I may enjoy a break and be back on Wednesday)

Pinned: metal + ink - Pinterest finds that I love

All images found on Pinterest

Paula Bonet

19 Sep

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

Paula Bonet is an artist I have recently ‘discovered’ and since followed avidly. I am in absolute awe of her drawing and colouring skills as well as the range of emotions that she is able to project through her work, which is at times melancholy and at others quite humorous.

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

I am also impressed with the fact, that her work is frequently used to decorate public spaces, such as this shop (above) in Bergamo, Italy, or (below) at a restaurant in Valencia.

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

Paula Bonet is not afraid to show her innermost feelings in her illustrations, and with gorgeous results, as you can see in this series (below) in which water features so very prominently (and beautifully).

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

Check out this video of Paula at work:

If you would like to get your hands on one of Paula’s pretty illustrations, you can either head to this online shop  or this one to buy them online. For more information on Paula’s background, works and the link to her blog (her illustrated diary), check out her website, and to keep up to date on her latest, head to her Facebook page here.

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

All images are courtesy of Paula Bonet.

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