Creative Spaces : Toino Abel

Creative Spaces : Toino Abel | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Toino Abel | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Toino Abel | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Toino Abel | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Toino Abel | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Toino Abel | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Toino Abel | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Last week I traveled to a small village of Castanheira to learn more about production and people behind Toino Abel. I visited weavers, husband and wife, and was privileged to see them working. Process is slow, handmade, with attention to every single detail.

“…Every step of the process is done by hand: The women cut the reed sticks into bunches of equal size, clean and dry them and clear their colour in a process of burning sulphur. Afterwards they colour the remaining darker pieces with colour pigments and weave them on a hand loom in a variety of patterns. The finished parts are being stitched together in the form of a bag. The handles of the baskets are made of willow branches that are bound and fastened onto the baskets…”

It was a morning well spent with Nuno , whose great grandfather started a production of reed baskets which he delivering all over Portugal with a cow and cart. Nuno overtook tradition and created Toino Abel, whose products are selling all over the world.
It’s a craft that is slowly dying , and Nuno is trying to maintain it with his project.

Links:
Toino Abel site
Toino Abel FB
Toino Abel etsy

Creative Spaces : Arminho

Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Arminho | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Last weekend I travelled to Porto with just one goal: to meet Arminho, whose work I admire for so long.

I was eager to meet Raquel and João, the couple behind this great project, to invade their creative space for a few hours and know more about their work and process.

They opened the door of their letterpress studio with a smile. Their space is as inspiring as the final product, and adapted to multidisciplinary work, since João also works with ceramics and Raquel has her own project, Camelotia knitting apparel studio.

Every step of the making process involves hands, from paper folding to cutting and aging wood and every piece made needs patience, effort and time.

Links:
Arminho site
Arminho FB
Arminho etsy
Camelotia FB
Camelotia etsy

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No fim-de-semana passado viajei até ao Porto apenas com um objetivo: conhecer Arminho, cujo trabalho admiro há muito tempo.

Estava ansiosa por conhecer a Raquel e o João, o casal por trás deste grande projeto, para invadir o seu espaço criativo por algumas horas e saber mais sobre o seu trabalho e processo.

Eles abriram a porta de seu estúdio de tipografia com um sorriso. O seu espaço é tão inspirador como o produto final, e adaptado para o trabalho multidisciplinar, uma vez que o João também trabalha com cerâmica e a Raquel tem seu próprio projeto, Camelotia, um estúdio de vestuário em tricot.

Cada passo do processo de produção envolve as mãos, desde o dobrar do papel, ao corte e envelhecimento de madeira e cada peça feita necessita de paciência, esforço e tempo.

Links:
Arminho site
Arminho FB
Arminho etsy
Camelotia FB
Camelotia etsy

Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics

Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
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Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
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Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
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Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : MF Ceramics | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

I discovered Margarida’s work not so long ago. I immediately wanted to get in touch with her, to know her. I felt a connection with her esthetic and wanted to see her work, hold MF Ceramics in my hands, use them on my table.

When I met her, all of these feelings got even stronger. Knowing her personally was an amazing experience. We talked as if we knew each other for a long time. I left her creative space so inspired and happy.

Before I started to write this post I thought about the words that could describe Margarida and her work the best way and I think those words are kindness and simplicity and she transmits them perfectly into each ceramic piece she makes.

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Descobri o trabalho da Margarida há não muito tempo. Quis imediatamente entrar em contato com ela, conhecê-la. Senti uma ligação à sua estética e queria ver o seu trabalho, segurar a MF Ceramics nas minhas mãos, usá-la na minha mesa.

Quando a conheci, todos esses sentimentos ficaram ainda mais fortes. Conhece-la pessoalmente foi uma experiência incrível. Nós conversamos como se nos conhecessemos há muito tempo. Deixei o seu espaço criativo tão inspirada e feliz.

Antes de começar a escrever este post pensei sobre as palavras que poderiam descrever a Margarida e o seu trabalho da melhor maneira e acho que essas palavras são bondade e simplicidade e ela transmite-as perfeitamente em cada peça de cerâmica que faz.

Links:
MF Ceramics Site
MF Ceramics FB

Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry

Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda VuckovicCreative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewelry | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

There is not much more to add, than what I already said so many times… it’s a fact… I am such a huge fan of Inês‘ work!
If you already met Inês, you would know how simple and calm she is and she transmits that to her work.

When Inês invited me to photograph her studio together with a few pieces from her new collection, I felt really honored.
Creative spaces always attract me and they are such a great inspiration and Inês‘ studio is not an exception. I spent a great afternoon wandering around, photographing and having a great conversation with a cup of tea.

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Não há muito mais a acrescentar ao que eu já disse várias vezes… é uma certeza… eu sou uma grande fã do trabalho da Inês!
Se já conhecia a Inês, sabe o quão simples e calma ela é e transmite isso no seu trabalho.

Quando a Inês me convidou para fotografar o seu estúdio com algumas peças de sua nova coleção, eu senti-me muito honrada.
Espaços criativos sempre me atraem e são uma grande inspiração e o estúdio da Inês não é excepção. Passei uma excelente tarde vagueando, fotografando e a ter uma grande conversa com uma chávena de chá.

Creative Spaces : Anna Westerlund Atelier

Creative Spaces : Anna Westerlund Atelier | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
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Creative Spaces : Anna Westerlund Atelier | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
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Creative Spaces : Anna Westerlund Atelier | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Creative Spaces : Anna Westerlund Atelier | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Visiting Anna’s studio is always fun. As being so creative, her days are never the same and her studio transforms easily. Last time I visited, she was playing with flowers… cutting, wrapping, magically transforming her studio into a flower shop.

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Visitar o estúdio da Anna é sempre divertido. Por ser tão criativa, os seus dias nunca são os mesmos e o seu estúdio transforma-se facilmente. Da última vez que a visitei, ela estava a brincar com flores… a cortar, a embrulhar, a transformar magicamente o seu estúdio numa loja de flores.

Creative Spaces : Anna Westerlund Atelier

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Don’t you feel inspired when you enter somebody’s creative space?
Don’t you want to run back home and start creating?
Don’t you feel a special energy in seeing the others creating?
My answer would be yes, yes and YES!!

I felt like this last week, when I placed a visit to Anna Westerlund‘s Atelier and seeing her creating. I came back home and I worked until late in the evening. I felt so inspired by energy of her creative space.

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Não se sente inspirad@ quando entra no espaço criativo de alguém?
Não quer correr de volta para casa e começar a criar?
Não sente uma energia especial ao ver os outros a criar?
A minha resposta seria sim, sim e SIM!!

Eu senti-me assim na semana passada, quando fui visitar o Atelier da Anna Westerlund e vê-la criar. Voltei para casa e trabalhei até tarde nessa noite. Senti-me realmente inspirada pela energia do seu espaço criativo.

Creative Spaces : Inês Telles Jewellery

I met Inês a few years ago at Jardim da Estrela’s market. I immediately fell in love with her work.
Since then I follow her work and collect it also {*smile}.
It is unique, done with natural materials and simple at the same time.

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Conheci a Inês há uns anos no mercado do Jardim da Estrela. Apaixonei-me imediatamente pelas suas peças.
Desde então que sigo o seu trabalho e o coleciono também {*smile}.
É único, feito com materiais naturais e simples ao mesmo tempo.

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What do you like about living in Lisbon?

The light of Lisbon, the fact that it’s a city open to the sea and with many green spaces. Being welcoming by the various neighborhoods, narrow streets and full of winding and movements.

How is Lisbon influencing your work?

Lisbon is a friendly and welcoming city. It’s easy to feel yourself in it and of it, to be part of the streets, squares, gardens. I like to observe what is around, the details, and Lisbon has many! I like the worn walls and old and antique houses, old people who are always in the same places at the same times and have so many stories to tell. The History, the river and the light of Lisbon makes it a very special and engaging city.

What do you like about your workspace?

I like the light and the river ahead, I like the calmness on one side and on the other Chiado. I like an old building full of stories.

What is the best part of your creative process?

The freedom to experiment, to be able to start from a beginning that I feel like, to make a path that does not have a definite end.

Do you listen music when your work? What kind?

Yes, always. Depends on the day, but generally calm and cheerful music, on the best days of work the music enters and I feel it but I don’t even remember of listening to it. I love hot music, African and Brazilian.

Which one of your products is your favourite and why?

I really like working with elements that I find, usually at the beach. I love to walk through the beach and pick up pieces of nature. I end up gathering and store them in boxes. I’m very happy when I apply them in my pieces and like nicknaming them as amulets, because I think they have a special force.

What is the best part of being handicraft?

For me the most important in the artisan production is the ability to print states and sensations, giving soul to things and invent shapes with the hands, play with the materials and elements of our day-to-day, disjoint them and make them live in another context.

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Porque é que gostas de viver em Lisboa?

A luz de Lisboa, o facto de ser uma cidade aberta para o mar e com muitos espaços verdes. Ser acolhedora pelos vários bairros, ruas estreitas e cheias de curvas e movimentos

Como é que Lisboa influencia o teu trabalho?

Lisboa é uma cidade simpática e acolhedora. É fácil sentirmo-nos nela e dela, fazer parte das ruas, das praças, dos jardins. Gosto de observar o que está à volta, os pormenores, e Lisboa tem muitos! Gosto das paredes gastas e das casas antigas e velhas, as pessoas antigas que estão sempre nos mesmos sítios às mesmas horas e que tantas histórias têm para falar. A História, o rio e a luz de Lisboa fazem dela uma cidade muito especial e envolvente

O que gostas mais no teu local de trabalho?

Gosto da luz e do rio pela frente, gosto da calma por um lado e do Chiado por outro. Gosto de um prédio antigo e com histórias.

Qual é a melhor parte do teu processo criativo?

A liberdade de poder experimentar, de poder começar de um início que me apeteça, de poder fazer um caminho que não tem um fim definido.

Ouves música enquanto trabalhas? De que género?

Sim, sempre. Depende do dia, mas geralmente música alegre e calma, nos melhores dias de trabalho a música entra e sinto-a mas nem me lembro de a escutar. Gosto muito de música quente, africana e brasileira.

Qual dos teus produtos é o teu preferido e porquê?

Gosto muito de trabalhar com elementos que encontro, geralmente na praia. Gosto muito de caminhar pela praia e apanhar pedaços de natureza. Acabo por juntar e guardar em caixas. Fico muito contente quando as aplico em peças e gosto de apelidar de amuletos, porque acho que têm uma força especial.

Qual é a melhor parte de ser uma artesã?

Para mim o mais importante na produção artesanal é a possibilidade de imprimir estados e sensações, dar alma às coisas e inventar formas com as mãos, jogar com os materiais e com os elementos do nosso dia-a-dia, desconjunta-los e faze-los viver num outro contexto.

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