Barcelona-Patterns

I remember my first project in Coventry University, we had to design a wallpaper. Something so simple and yet required a lot of research, patience and some skills and although almost 90% of the class used different computer softwares to create their patterns, I used my hands and my drawing skills. There is something really special about creating patterns and ending up with all those little imperfections. What I wanted to say is that I really enjoyed that project and ever since I am creating my own patterns from time to time. Walking around Barcelona I saw a lot of building facades and installations that in a way inspired me, some of them are really famous others not that much, but for sure to me this proves that inspiration can be found anywhere and we just have to look around.

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Passeig de Gràcia

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Santa Caterina Market

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Gaudi, of course! Park Güell

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Park Güell

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Some shadows. Somorrostro Beach

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Barceloneta

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Somewhere in Poblenou.

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Somewhere in Poblenou.

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Somewhere in Poblenou.

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Tower Agbar

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Somewhere in Poblenou.

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Somewhere in Poblenou.

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Somewhere in Poblenou.

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Caixa Forum

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Ombre effect. Installation Park de la Barceloneta

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Somewhere in the Gothic Quarter.

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Science Museum Barcelona

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Time Out Barcelona-Gallery Tour II

It’s time for galleries again. In this post I am going to share some more of the galleries `i’ve visited. Seriously they are endless, they are everywhere and waiting to be discovered. So here are my new favourites.

Olivart Art Gallery

A cute tiny, workshop kind of gallery situated on a small narrow street in the Gothic. They have amazing art work a piano, for those who want to play, and a puppy welcoming all the guests, how cute is that?

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Just in front of Olivart Art gallery there is a curious place to visit, called Barcelona visions.

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Another hidden gallery and workshop is Taller Bencini.

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Leaving the old quarters, we are going to the more contemporary part of the city with Ángels Barcelona. The gallery forms part of an event called Barcelona Gallery Weekend which is happening 1-4 October. Unfortunately I won’t be there, but for sure is something worth visiting.

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I will finish this post with a place I should have visited a lot earlier-[La Virreina] Centre de la Imatge.

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Barcelona Contemporary-Architecture

Barcelona has always been known for its Art and Architecture, and especially contemporary architecture. Since I’ve been here I’ve been walking around a lot and saw so many magnificent buildings, I just couldn’t help myself but share some of my favourites.

First I will start with Fundació Mies van der Rohe or also known as MIES VAN DER ROHE PAVILION. This is a place everyone who has even a slight interest in architecture, should visit. It is considered “one of the most influential works of modern architecture”. This work is the culminating point of the Mies van der Rohe’s European stage. The architect had great freedom to apply his ideas in which modernism is conveyed. The radical structural simplicity became a distinctive feature of the architect’s work that popularised the theme “less is more”.

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Following Caixa Forum. One of the masterpieces of industrial Modernisme, this former yarn and textile factory was designed by Puig i Cadafalch. Fundació La Caixa, the charitable arm of Catalonia’s largest savings bank, bought it and set about rebuilding. The original brick structure was supported, while the ground below was excavated to house a strikingly modern entrance plaza by Arata Isozaki, a Sol LeWitt mural, an auditorium, a bookshop and a library. In addition to the permanent contemporary art collection, there are three impressive spaces for temporary exhibitions – often among the most interesting shows to be found in the city.

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I was lucky to see Encants Vells or Fira de Bellcaire before and after its renovation. This is a ‘crazy’ market of over 15,000 m2 and visited every week for 100,000 consumers. one should definitely visit. It’s usually open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is always super busy.

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And of course Gaudi and Casa Mila or La Pedrera Nowadays it is the headquarters of Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains. IMG_1577

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And some more Inspiration…

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Barcelona Street Art 3 PHOTOBLOG-Lata Edition

Translated from Spanish lata means tin. And Barcelona has a lot of this ‘tins’ art. You can find them mainly in the Gotic, Born, Raval and Poble Nou neighbourhoods in the small, not too crowded streets, hidden under balconies, scaffoldings and sheds. What i love about them is that they kind of invite you to be curious, look for them around the city and pay attention to the little details.

This post is to show you my ‘collection’ so far. I am sure there are so many more of them waiting to be discovered and I can assure you, I keep looking.

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Lifestyle 600

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Together with my first Graphic Design Project (CCCP9) I started another 6 week group project. It was presented under the name Lifestyle 600. The project gives publicity of the problems of the current society, such as the biggest financial crisis in the history of our existence or the number of scandals between people and the government. It aims to bring hope for a new beginning, create new reality, retrieve the forgotten values and introduce new life and work opportunities.

We worked in groups that gathered students from different disciplines-Graphic Design, Fashion and Audio Visual Design. We were expected to react and give our position as young individuals to this socioeconomic situation and also figure out mechanisms that can be activated from the design point of view. Possible strategies included: new forms of citizen participation, create communities, patterns of use and exchange, new uses of public spaces, new forms of entertainment, etc.

Together with my group we decided to introduce a problem of the students in Barcelona and their university credits. The system here is a lot different from the one in England, but I won’t go into details. The problem is that all the students are expected to graduate with a certain amount of points (credit RACC), but in order to get them they have to pay for them and because not everyone can afford to do it, we wanted to find a solution and create a web, between students from different universities and different disciplines and make them work together, help each other, use each other’s skills, share workshops, participate in competitions and obtain the amount of credits they need. It was also a great way to bring people together and create a new way of communication between the students, making them more social and open their horizons to new ideas and opportunities. Our project exists under the motto Unify, Collaborate, Create and Share and the name Take & Share.

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We had to create a web page, a short film and also think of a way how to promote our ‘product’. We did a test with potential users, students, from BAU, asked about their opinion about our idea. This project was really social and I met a lot of new people, created some useful contacts and learned how to work in group with people of completely different disciplines with completely different ideas and ways of working.

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Concept: Laura Peiropano, Pol Checa, Susanna Mateo

Video Editing: Laura Peiropano

Web and Graphic Design: Pol Checa, Aleksandra Venkova

Time Out Barcelona-Museums

As I already said in my previous posts Barcelona is so rich in exciting places to visit and because it is Spring break I decided to check out some of the most popular museums, which somehow I still haven’t visited. By museums I mean art museums, I find them extremely inspiring and in this post I will share my experience.

Firstly, I will start with the fact that a big part of the museums in Barcelona are free of charge every first Sunday of the month and the rest of them are free every Sunday, which means that even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you can still check them off your list and appreciate what they have to offer.

Unfortunately there is one negative thing about the museums being entrance-free, they get extremely busy, and the queues are endless, especially now-spring break, when the tourist season is just about to start. I would advice you, if you’re staying for a longer period in Barcelona, like me, go in the months January and February when it’s still quiet.

Anyways, talking about museums, in this post I will talk about the 3 most worth visiting ones:

MNAC

or Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. What can I say, WOW, a magnificent building, situated in a magnificent place, with magnificent view, and even more magnificent exhibition. It shelters parts of all the arts (sculpture, paintings, drawings, prints, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining the magnitude of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century.

I was amazed by the exhibition, but I can tell I was also really impressed by the architecture. May be it is just my professional distortion, I will let you decide.

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CCCB 

or Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. The CCCB is a public consortium created by the Diputació de Barcelona (Provincial Council) and the Ajuntament de Barcelona (Barcelona City Council). There were some extraordinary exhibitions, by ARISSA, Kazuhiro GOSHIMA, Sabald, etc…, but somehow i was again stroke by the architecture.

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Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum is may be the most famous art museum in Barcelona and sure it should be. I was lucky enough to visit a really interesting exhibition called Picasso/Dali. Dali/Picasso., which examines for the very first time the relation between those two key figures of the XX century. And since I am a big fan of Dali’s odd work I was really excited.

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