Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Christmas fair

After a couple of manic weeks working practically 24/7, I'm very pleased to say that the Christmas craft fair was a great success also selling out on my new coasters that will be available
in my forthcoming website next week.
It was a great event with some amazing work from other designers in a beautiful setting with amazing backdrop for surroundings.
Thank you to my friends that were able to come and visit and to my new customers for the purchases.
I'll be posting soon the forthcoming events that I shall be exhibiting in the near future.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

South Hill Park Christmas Fair

So far this week it's an extremely busy one with all the last minute preparations for the Christmas Art and Craft fair at South Hill Park this weekend.
For those that live locally it's a date for the won't regret it.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Lovely Autumn colours

pYesterday being such a lovely day, I couldn't resist going for a walk and taking photos of the amazing colours that autumn brings to us.I love the way they have turned out with my Polaroid film!

Friday, 9 November 2007

Interview with iluzminame

It has always been an interest of mine to see how other creative minds work and where they get their inspirations from, whether it be a lyric, a painting, photograph, movie, book, travelling, people watching, a walk in the country, a conversation …. It is all part of our make up that maps out whom we are and the work we create and produce…
Here is my first interview with Blogger, Luz from iluziname, one of many to follow once in a while, so watch this space.

So Luz...tell us a little bit about yourself and where do you live?

I studied fashion design and a few years later I got a Master in Knitting Design. Just before I reached 40, I decided to start a new career at the University, computer science, but I still haven’t finished it yet. Perhaps one day if time permits, work and my hobbies allow me...Also y also love drawing and painting: I had my own exhibition in Barcelona (2001) with oil, crayons and collages I also show my etchings and digital artwork at the annual exhibition in Cadaques ( Spain), Bages ( France ) and Farleys ( England), miniprint . I love the relationship between science and art. I was born and have always lived in Barcelona.

You have a fabulous Blog "iluzimane"; tell us a little more about it....

A year ago joined the group Barcelona Knits , and as all the others had also their own blog, I decided to start my own. It is a way to be in contact with others that have the same interests as you, or should I say "addictions”?

Does Blogging help you to be creative?

Yes, because it helps me think in new articles that could be of interest to my friends and readers. Perhaps it is a way to motivate oneself!

What inspired you to start Knitting?

I started without nearly realizing it. I always had seen my grandmas knit, and perhaps I started by imitating them. I started with crochet at 10 years old. Afterwards I started to learn how to knit with needles on my own and with the aid of books and magazines. Unfortunately there was no Internet in those times!

How long have you been dedicated then?

I could say all my life!

Which is the creation you are most proud of?

Perhaps a jacket I created with recycled silk from Nepal because the textile is very special and the garment had to be very simple to create such a beautiful stitch.

Any new projects that you are working on?

At present am creating a shawl with yarn of alpaca. But in this project I’ll have to recycle a couple of old jumpers. Cutting, sewing, embroidery, add on textures… not all has to be made of new things!

Who inspires you and why?

People in the street, the cinema, art, a book, a stroll ….

Do you belong to any clubs and if so when and where do you meet?

I meet up with a group of women that knit, Barcelona Knits every Monday in the afternoon to exchange ideas, projects, chitchat…we are all people with different backgrounds and what brings us together is the passion for textiles and craft work.

The best way to spend a Sunday in Barcelona is….

If it is a sunny day, long walks by the beach or a bike ride. An aperitif out by many of the bars in my area, Gracia. An perhaps to make most of the afternoon at home with one of my many projects, or updating my Blog.If there’s bad weather, perhaps a trip to an exhibition or to the cinema.

And finally, what music are you listening to in your I-Pod lately?

Dixie Chicks (taking the Long Way ), Fiction Plane ( Left Side of the Brain), I never liked Sting ( but I love his son ! ), Carla Bruni ( No Promises) , Michael Bluble( any of his many CDs), Miguel Bose(Papito), Keyshia Cole ( Just like you), Brand New Heavies ( Get Used To it ), Brett Anderson( Brett Anderson2007), Marlango ( The electrical morning ), Macy Gray ( Slowly)…and thanks to Beech Grove now I have added to my favourites Madeleine Peyroux, Pink Martini, and I also got to find out about the last CD of Crowded House !

Recycled silk from Nepal by iluzminame

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Full of inspiration

Having been staring at a blank canvas for some weeks, I am happy to say that having now returned from my trip, I'm full of inspiration, colours, and ideas...

Saturday, 3 November 2007


Well now that I'm back home, I can say that Ireland filled all my expectations and more.
I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to get away from phones, emails, bills, Christmas shopping, and mundane everyday stuff....
I'll be happy to recommend idyllic places for anyone interested of visiting.