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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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Body parts

26 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

You make my heart beat

Hello! Today I have some delightful ceramics to share with you, made by the very lovely Sophie Aguilera. Various body parts, illustrated by Sophie and reminiscent of medical illustrations from Victorian times, have been decalled onto either vintage crockery found at flea markets, or plates, cups and dishes made industrially. Each plate, mug or platter comes with a little romantic message and the result, as you can see, is beautiful!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

… and my stomach fill with butterflies

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Festive Art

28 Sep copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

The cover

This year’s programme booklet for the La Mercè festivities was filled with pretty illustrations,  so I have decided to show it to you. These scans don’t really do them justice, but I wanted to show them to you anyway, so I apologise in advance  for the lack of visual quality.

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