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Ceramic delights

24 Jan

I have some ceramic delights in store for you today. Three different collections, but all made by the lovely Sophie Aguilera (remember her?) who is also one of the illustrators of the gorgeous Illustrated Villains, which I posted about on Tuesday.

In this first series (above) we can see her ‘Bestiario Cerámico‘ a collection of dishes with ears, horns and legs sculpted from paper clay and baked at 1,250º, then glazed and decorated with colour and gold.

These friendly faces belong to the series called ‘Funny Faces’. Made with paper maché, they have been decorated with digital transfers and colours and also been baked at 1,250º. Cute, aren’t they?

Last, but certainly not least, the series called ‘Housewives’ is a pretty graphic one, but interesting and arrestingly beautiful nonetheless. They were inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ Femme-Maison, and hand-shaped in a special kind of clay, after which they were baked at 1,250º and decorated with colours and gold.

I don’t know about you, but I am in awe of the pieces Sophie creates, both in ceramics and on paper, and can hardly wait to see what more she has up her sleeve! For now, you can see some of her pieces in person, at the exhibit called ‘Reinventa la Mesa’ (reinvent the table) at Madrid Fusión 2013, which takes place in Museo Cerralbo (Calle Ventura Rodríguez 17, 28008 Madrid) until the 3rd of February. If you are unable to visit the exhibit, you can check Sophie’s website here, her Facebook page here, and follow her on Pinterest.

All images by Sophie Aguilera.


BCN Handmade – Edu J. Montoya

23 Jan
Barcelona Cute Suite

Edu J. Montoya

Hi everyone! Today I have the first BCN Handmade of this year in store for you. I am delighted to present a wonderful illustrator and all-round lovely person:  Edu J. Montoya!

Barcelona Cute Suite

The one that caught my eye

I don’t remember exactly where or how, I suppose it was somewhere online, but this illustration (above) caught my eye one day and drove me to search out who it was by, get in touch, etc. I am so very happy that I did! For it gave me the chance to meet Edu, who is the most humble person I have met in a while, and all the lovelier for it. Friendly too. And generous, with his time, with his information…

It was at his home in the neighborhood of Gràcia, where he showed me his studio, with its musical inspirations on the wall and the shelves full of graphic novels and comic books. But also the room where he and his girlfriend Montserrat (who makes beautiful necklaces which I hope to be able to show you soon) screen print totes and t-shirts. And at the dining table, where he works on his illustrations when his studio is occupied by his recording and editing tools (he is a passionate musician who makes recordings and edits video), he showed me prints of his past works, which Edu sells for a very attractive price, at festivals and fairs, as well as his note books full of annotations and sketches, a painting he rescued from the street and is transforming in a very interesting way, and of course illustrations he is currently working on.

I think that is introduction enough, don’t you? Check out the slideshow with images from my visit to his home, and afterwards, this multifaceted and very talented man will tell you more about himself, in his own words…

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BCN Handmade – Fina Badia

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Fina Badia

The lovely Fina Badia

Some time ago, I spotted some XXL knitted and crochet items on a Facebook post and was taken by what I saw. Investigating a little, I found out who had made the items (the lovely Fina Badia) and quickly got in touch. An email exchange followed and finally, a few weeks ago, I went to Fina’s studio to meet her in person (what a delight!) and take the photos I’ll be sharing with you in this post.

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Showing a recent project

Fina Badia is a very bubbly person who is super passionate about she does, and she chatted a mile a minute about her past projects as well as her current ones, opening cupboards and drawers and pulling out different items to illustrate her story…

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Skateboards recycled

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Trio of circles

Happy Monday! The final week before Christmas, and I have a bit more shopping ‘advice’ for you this week, starting with skateboards recycled into these gorgeous bracelets by a friend of a friend, Gastón Gil.


Blue square

Handmade from start to finish, by this crafty carpenter who is originally from Argentina, I think they are a great way to reuse a much-loved and no doubt pretty battered skateboard that no longer serves its purpose.

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BCN Handmade – Lu Ink

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BCN Handmade - Lu Ink

The lovely Blanca and George

After taking you to Lu Ink yesterday, I thought you might like to know a bit more about the people who make most of what’s on offer there: the lovely and very creative Blanca and George.

This time, it wasn’t me who contacted them, but the other way round! I’d posted about Lamaga Prints in this post and this post (remember?) and it turns out, Lu Ink sell the quirky moustache cups and saucers that Marta makes, and through her learned of the Cute Suite blog. As you do. And like it, yay! And asked pretty please if I would like to check out their shop? And so I did, on the rainiest day we’ve had in months…

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Behind the scenes

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Lu Ink

11 Dec Lu Ink
Lu Ink (1)

Treasure trove

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today I am taking you to do some Christmas shopping, to Lu Ink, a treasure trove of handmade loveliness, that is located on Carrer Madrazo 141. Coming? Let’s go!

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Mugs for all

The lovely owners, Blanca and George, are the clever sticks who make most of what is on display here, using a variety of techniques, from computer graphics to hand-painting to hand-sewing and more…

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BCN Handmade – Oscar H. Grand

28 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Oscar H. Grand

Today, I am very happy to introduce to you Oscar H. Grand, a charming guy and an excellent tailor who operates out of the shop he has in the Born, on Carrer Barra de Ferro 7.

I met him through a mutual friend, and often run into him on the street, and one day asked him if he would like to be featured in the BCN Handmade section of my blog. To my delight, he said yes, and so last week I visited him at the shop, and in between client enquiries and fittings, shot the images I share with you today.

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In progress

Oscar works in a completely artisanal way, where each item of clothing he sells in the shop, be it bespoke or ready-made, is made by hand. It starts with the patterns, followed by the cutting of the fabrics, interlinings, etc. and finally the pieces are assembled by hand to form the creations  he has on display, or which his clients commission from him. Pattern making and cutting is done by Oscar himself, right there, in his shop, while the sewing is done by specialised tailors and seamstresses who work off-site.

Using high quality fabrics imported from Italy and the UK mostly (unfortunately the Spanish textile sector has all but closed down), Oscar applies his craftsmanship to the unique and timeless garments he designs and creates. True contemporary classics, which are full of charming details, and of course made to perfection for each client.

But see for yourself, in the following slideshow, and afterwards, Oscar will tell you in his own words about his work…

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BCN Handmade – 3 artists

14 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Goodies for sale

Sorry to have kept you waiting today! I’ve been doing some DIY in my home and as a result I was too nackered to write this post last night, and too sleepy to do so early this morning! Technical glitches delayed things ever further, but here it is, a new installment in the BCN Handmade series, in which we meet the people behind Novedades.

They are: Maria del Mar (or Mar for short) of Lolitas BCN, the lovely lady who started Novedades and who makes so many different things with textiles as their basis; Imanol Ossa, the gentle man who first joined Mar at Novedades, and who brings new life and adds light to all things discarded, and Marta of Literatura Vertical and Lamagaprints, the latest addition to Novedades and the friendly creative behind all the items at Novedades that have graphic design at their heart.

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Decals in progress

They each have a space in the workshop that is visible behind the shop that is Novedades, from which they design, create and make (by hand!) their wonderful items, each with their own style and origins. It’s best they tell you themselves about what drives them, what inspires them, and which spots are their favourite in Barcelona, so check out the slideshow and read on…

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13 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Peu de la Creu 24

On Carrer Peu de la Creu 24 we can find Novedades, a shop I discovered one morning, while having a coffee at Satan’s Coffee Corner, and which is well worth a visit. Why? you may ask… Well, because it sells an interesting range of items which were all made in Barcelona. In fact, most of them were made right there!

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Bottled lamps

The lovely bottled lamps were made there, as were the colourful clothes.

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Made on site

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Siesta time…

1 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Ferlandina 18

It might be a little odd to do so on a Monday morning, but I am going to suggest you incorporate some siesta time into your schedule. Here’s why: on Carrer Ferlandina 18, in what used to be a haberdashery shop, and where the original wooden furnishings have been (practically) left intact, you will find Siesta, a shop and gallery of objects and works of art made by artists.

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Shop + gallery

These objects and works of art have been selected with the greatest care and exquisite taste by Siesta proprietress Mercedes, and which have been displayed around every nook and cranny of the space for best effect. I am delighted to share a selection of these with you in the following slideshow…

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