I live in Madrid, Spain. Madrid is a beautiful city, it has extraordinary art collections and museum, restaurants, food and wines from all parts of Spain; parks and libraries, etc. and lots of interesting people coming from different villages and countries. Only I miss the Cantabric Sea!!
Montreal, London, San Sebastian (Spain).
Collage, watercolor, screen-printing, stamping, rollerballs, pens, textile dyeing. I like to learn new techniques and mix them. And I love to buy old books and work with them.
Traveling, reading, browsing old books, walking in the city (or in the beaches of Galicia, in the Navarre oak woods)! Walking helps me think. Searching beautiful things gives me inspiration.
I like to buy special art supplies when I travel to Italy (Phase, Bati, Zecchi, in Florence, Fabriano, Vigano in Milan) France (Loisirs & Création, Esquisse, L’Atelier des Couleurs du Quai, Magasin Sennelier, Paris), UK (London Graphic Centre, Cowling & Wilcox’s) and USA (Michael’s, Flax, Blick). Every where I go, there is always something new to work with, from hand made cotton papers to a hand leather sewing mini machine.
I work both by hand, with water colors, pens, rollers, pencils, cutting, pasting and digitally, especially to make designs work for rapports and repeats. I rarely start at the computer. I learned the traditional way of pattern design with a extraordinary textile designer in Lyon, that worked exclusively for years for the designer Yves Saint Laurent, And I do them by hand some times, but only when I have commissions of very big repeats for fashion textiles or home textiles. But mostly I make the designs (hand painted, collages, etc.) work as repeats digitally, because is it is time-saving!
I love to work with nature. I take tones of close-up images and play with extracting colors. I always find new combinations. My latest are about greens and reds during the pomegrande maturation, greens and yellows in the crithmum maritimum (fenoll marí), a plant that grows in the rocks near the sea, and the pinks and yellows in the white peach skin.
I wish I could have time for them. My favorite are DIY blogs, or any place I can learn new things.
I also try to visit swissmiss, print and pattern, creature comforts.
It’s a way to share aesthetic enjoyment and research.
A Botanic searching for new plants and giving them names, a chemist searching for new plant-based therapies, an industrial engineer (as my father was!), a schoolteacher, a university teacher, a museum conservator; a forest engineer, a worldwide traditional art techniques researcher, a garden designer, a researcher or grower of whatever.
If that happens to me, I love to play and talk with my son, share time with my husband and family, read, walk, cook, invite friends, learn new things, browse old markets and antique shops.
I have now 3 books started… one about traditional Russian folk tales (Russian Folk Belief ), another about Lebanese recipes (Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon) and one about antique lace (Antique Lace: Identifying Types and Techniques).
The Natural Order of Things, by António Lobo Antunes and La selva del lenguaje by José Antonio Marina.
Bulgaria, Laos, Birmania, Burma, Kazajstán, Uzbekistan…
A Room with a View, (James Ivory), Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility…
Rolie Polie Olie
Cheese! Torta del Casar, Serena, Manchego, Idiazabal, Cabrales, Gorgonzola, Parmigiano Regiano, Fontina, Burrata, Provola and Caciocavallo di Bufala, Pecorino Toscano, Brie de Melun, Fontina, Chevrotin, Camembert de Normandie, Brie de Melun, Stilton, Cheddar WCFC, and I am always ready to try more!
ladybird red, cream caramel
candy colored ballerinas ( I have a growing collection!)
Depending on the work and the mood! From Renaissance and Classical, to blues and dance.
I have 2: Yolanda and Vera
Yolanda, Vera and Julietta
Wild Raspberries, but I would probably get tired of whatever I chose after a while. So, I should probably choose one that is the most nutritious so that I can at least be healthy for the rest of my life even if I’m sad from having only one meal option… That being said, I may choose roasted chicken with brown rice and tomatoes.
eating dark chocolate
Currently, Ibarra Real
Cappuccino or stretto with ice. But I prefer tea and plant infusions.
People involved in leaving a better world to new generations.
The right questions
A children’s first ABC iPad Applet
A book of sounds and traditional songs for teachers that helped in developing early language skills for babies (UNED University), because it has become very interesting for handicapped children speech therapists.