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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

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Ivori

9 Apr
Barcelona Cute Suite goes shopping at Ivori

Ivori – Carrer Mirallers 7

Last week I finally went to Ivori, a small but very lovely, ivory-coloured (hence the name) corner shop that I had been hearing and reading about a great deal.

And rightfully so, it turns out. For Ivori is a shop that sells clothes, shoes, handbags and jewelry as well as other accessories that have been made in Barcelona. (You know by now that I am more than just fond of local goods, right?)

Barcelona Cute Suite goes shopping at Ivori

All made in Barcelona

Brand names such as Alexandre Neddermann, Borne by Elise Berger, Lubochka, Maria RochName and Mus & Roew have been carefully curated by the friendly owner Carola Alexandre (who is half of Alexandre Neddermann by the way), and take centre stage in her charming shop (check out its 19th century ceiling!). You might recall the two last brand names from posts I did earlier, here and here

Beautiful items (many handmade!) at reasonable prices in an array of colours and materials that seduce and enchant – that is what I found at Ivori. What more can a girl ask for?

You can find Ivori on Carrer Mirallers 7. It opens from Monday – Saturday from 11am until 8.30pm. For those of you who are unable to pop round for a visit, you can take a peek (and buy) in the Etsy shop. And if it is updates and the latest news you want, then check out the Ivori Facebook page. Happy shopping!

Barcelona Cute Suite goes shopping at Ivori

Pretty pretty!

BCN Handmade – Musa bamba

27 Feb
Musa Bamba handmade in Barcelona

Pleated circle

Some time ago, just after I had posted about La Fortune, I was contacted by Rose Alves. She was selling her handmade bags at La Fortune, would I be interested in featuring her on the blog? You know I would be interested, so I quickly got in touch with Rose and an email exchange ensued to arrange a photo shoot. It took place a few weeks ago, and I am delighted to share with you today: BCN Handmade – Musa Bamba.

Musa Bamba handmade in Barcelona

Rose Mari Alves

The very friendly Rose has a studio and showroom set up in her home in the Eixample Dreta district of Barcelona, where sunlight streams in the French windows on most days of the year. She had moved recently and indicated that things weren’t quite as she wanted them to be yet, although they looked just fine to me. We chatted and she explained how, using a technique called “fuxico” she makes her very pretty necklaces and handbags, which range from small, simple styles, to medium ones and much larger ones, many of which are adjustable with several snap buttons to allow them to transform into different shapes and sizes. Very clever!

Her Musa Bamba bags and jewellery are her main project, but on the side Rose also scours flea markets for cool vintage or antique clothes and shoes, which she perks up with a bit of TLC, either adding appliqués, adjusting their patterns or simply mending what needs fixing. These she sells under the brandname Musa B. But that is not all, for does more! But I think it’s time we allowed Rose to tell us in her own words…  check out what she has to say after the page break, following a slideshow of images taken during our shoot.

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Good fortune

21 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Beautiful boutique

Contemporary ladies in Barcelona have the good fortune to have this beautiful boutique on Carrer Avinyó 42 to lavish some money on themselves, and you can too, both if you are visiting or if you live abroad.

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Boutique belle

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Good fortune

This chic boutique is none other than Le Fortune. Want to check it out? Here we go! Continue reading

BCN Handmade – Ada Blackjack

25 Apr copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Ivonne Schippers

Hello! I am delighted to share another episode of BCN Handmade with you today! Meet Ivonne Schippers, alround lovely lady and creator of cool, well made, understated and practical bags, both big and small, for her label Ada Blackjack. Ready? Here goes: BCN Handmade – Ada Blackjack!

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