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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

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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

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

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.

Slate beauties

16 Sep

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

Some time ago, I spotted some incredibly gorgeous portraits on Facebook and was blown away by their incredible detail and artistry. They had been made by Jean-Briac Ravello (the stone mason I featured last year in this blogpost) on slate! Yes, that’s right, they have been carved into slate, and this particular portrait, of rapper Xzibit, looks like this:

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

Quite stunning, isn’t it?

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

After a while, I saw images of more portraits, of this old man and of the very handsome ram, below. Asking Jean-Briac why he had chosen to do these portraits, he replied (with his usual off-hand humility) that they were just studies in light and shadows.

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

Apart from feeling quite green with envy at this level of artistry, I am also delighted that these slate beauties exist and will last, for they have been set in stone (well, in slate in this case) to do just that.

Jean-Briac Ravello will be exhibiting other pieces in Barcelona shortly. Meanwhile, check out his beautiful dishes and also an abstract sculpture at Siesta (Carrer Ferlandina 18, Barcelona) and his Facebook page and blog to keep up to date with his latest news.

Food for thought: simplify

13 Sep

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

You know how sometimes you meet people who in the space of a few moments manage to impact you, even if it is in a subtle way? Well dear blog friends, that is what happened to me recently, when one of my guests caused a deep impression. She just mentioned that she painted and took photos (she also surfs and teaches), and gave me the link to her website, so I looked it up and bookmarked it for later viewing…

An then it happened. BAM! The word on her cover page: SIMPLIFY. It stirred something inside me, at a very deep level, and made me question what I am doing with my life and where I am going. Now during the week, I don’t have all that much time for such reflections, so I thought I’d save it for the weekend to digest this food for thought: simplify.

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

And while I checked her website, and also her Tumblr, I came across her beautiful paintings (this one here is my favourite), her gorgeous photos, and her wonderfully inspiring musings. Wow! I find them really thought-provoking and beautiful.

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

The one that accompanies this beautiful black and white photo goes: “Woman trust nothing but your heart and what it says — you will be ok.”

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

And the caption for this photo: “Love, in all the right places… this one made me smile and stay awhile on my way to rushing and hurrying to get somewhere, as if to say, “slow down, love a little”.”

Maybe these ‘messages’ stir just me, and others lie in waiting for you, so why don’t you check out Laarni Gedo’s website and her Tumblr blog and see what it offers you? Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

All photographs in this post are by Laarni Gedo.

Art at the entrance

10 Sep

Street artists Kram & Owen paint building entrance in Barcelona

It’s quite common to spot painted cars at the entrance of residential buildings, in Barcelona, indicating where the entry to the car park is. But none are quite like the ones I am sharing with you today.

At a building on Carrer Manso, the walls at the entrance have been given a generous dose of marvelousness by street artists Kram & Owen.  Delightful colours, a multitude of circles and spheres, all with generous pops of red, a postman and a swanky vintage car… not a bad thing to come home to art at the entrance every day, right?

Street artists Kram & Owen paint building entrance in Barcelona

B/W portraits

21 Jun
Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Cyclists – Carrer Petritxol

Another week has flown by and the weekend is on our doorstep. Before I go off to rest and relax, I wanted to share these 4 B/W portraits with you. I hope you like them. The cyclists, found on a doorway in Carrer Petritxol, is a homage to the famous painting by Ramon Casas that hangs in the 4 Gats restaurant. If you’ve been, you’ll recognise it.

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Girl – Carrer Mirallers

The other three are all found on the same little street, Carrer Mirallers, tucked away in the Born. A pretty girl with a piercing look…

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Embrace – Carrer Mirallers

A smoking embrace on one of the shop blinds, and that genius of surrealism, Dalí himself, with his pointy whiskers, by street artist Balu (who also did the pretty girl – anyone know who she is? – above).

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Dalí – Carrer Mirallers

Teranyina – where warp and weft meet

13 Jun
Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Black and white beauties

Ever wondered where warp and weft meet in Barcelona? I have the answer for you: it is at Teranyina, on Carrer Notariat 10.

In a wonderful space that combines workshop and sale areas, Teranyina have been teaching and selling all about textile weave and felting for 25 years, and I hope they will continue to do so for much longer.

Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Warp wonders

Weaving is not all that is done at Teranyina though, for felting and a technique called nuno are also taught and put into practice here.

Classes are taught upstairs by the lovely Teresa Rosa Aguayo, while downstairs production is underway. Scarves, tapestries, felt items… you name it, at Teranyina they are able to make it from weft and warp and some woollen, cotton, silk or linen threads, with patience and many trips of the shuttles from one side of the loom to the other.

Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Woven portraits

The resulting marvels are available for sale, and some are exhibited on the walls of the shop area in pretty frames. How delightful are these woven portraits?!

Naturally, inspirational material is also made available, both to shop customers and workshop pupils. Teranyina is a wonderful living homage to age old techniques and craft traditions, and Barcelona is all the richer for it.

Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Inspirational materials

You can find Teranyina on Carrer Notariat 10. Opening hours are: 11am – 3pm + 5pm – 8pm.

Amsterdam signs

5 Jun
Amsterdam walls messages and signs

Occupational signs

Walking around in Amsterdam (as you do, and I certainly did) last weekend, I noticed a handful of signs that I thought worth sharing. Typical from the Golden Age are the signs depicting various occupations, and these are grouped together on the corner of the Amsterdam Museum. The other one, much more combative, if you will, I spotted just a few corners further up the road. Although the fact that it had been left discarded, leaning against the wall, might mean that the war against nature is truly over! ;)

Amsterdam walls messages and signs

The war is over

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