Thursday, 17 April 2014

HAPPY EASTER


Hello hello, I have been lost, well more like hidden in my cave/studio/home, working on new designs and products. Lots of idea, but not much time to make them happen.

I wish you all a restful and good Easter break, we all need to stop, relax and enjoy the simple things in life.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

BARBICAN – CREATIVE PROCESS CONTINUES

Hello everybody, how is the week being so far? My days continue to be dedicated to the new designs, ideas, etc...I am enjoying the process very much, I have been drawings lots and making even more planning. On Saturday I visited the green conservatory at the Barbican; OMG what a beauty, have you ever been in there? It is amazing, all that greenery and collection of tropical plants in the center of the City. I really enjoyed my day out, and even more after I discovered the cactus green house, that for my misfortune couldn't being unlocked...They couldn't find the key, so I waited and waited outside the door, hoping someone would come and open it for me...but they never did!
So after £30 less in my pocket, lunch and cake in my tommy, and hours of walking, I returned home with not many drawings, but plenty of inspiration anyway. 
Above some ideas I have put together for prints, they are going to be in big format and hand printed by me Hurrah!! I can't wait to start printing, this time outside my home/studio, I want to get messy, and really enjoy the printing process, impossible task at home. Below,  the cactus room being locked, so a view from the outside world, where I was...Nice evening and rest of the week!
Photos by me

Friday, 28 February 2014

NEW COLLECTION - CREATIVE WORK IN PROCESS

Time to finish what I started years and years ago. My first ever drawings at Kew Garden, while studying Textiles were about cactus and tropical plants, but the theme seemed very close to my background and culture at the time, (I wanted to do something totally different), so I decided not to pursue these ideas and left them behind in my sketch's books. Many years later and I find myself looking back and this drawings, and getting more and more into this theme. For years now I have been taken photos and drawing more and more cactus, so I feel it is about time I put all of this into a collection. I am planing to spend the weekend at the Barbican Conservatory and visit kew Gardens, as I  still have to gather more ideas, and I really fancy a quiet weekend focusing on my creative work. Nice weekend to everybody!
(please do not use these photos, they are my drawings and work in process, much appreciated it)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

CHOCOLATE CREATIVE AT THE ETSY-WEST ELM POP- UP IN LONDON


Hello and how is everybody? I hope well and enjoying the sunshine that we are having lately!!
February has been a very busy month and it seems March would continue the trend...

I am very happy to announce that I am going to take part in the first esty pop-up shop at west elm in London. The event has been curated by Arianna and Carole from Heart Home Magazine.  I am really excited to be part of it, and see how big stores such as west elm are doing more and more collaborations with small independent designers/makers/brands.

If you are in London and happen to come along to the event, please come and say hello, I don't know in which area of the shop I would be yet, but I am sure you will find me there!! See you all soon!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

MY STUDIO SPACE | WORK IN PROGRESS

I have been self-employed for many years, doing graphics and later on setting up and running chocolate creative. When you work for yourself is advisable to possess some skills that would help in your entrepreneurial journey, some of them are: determination, self discipline, focus, a lot of patience, believe in yourself, passion, and so on...but equally important, is to have a place dedicated to your daily activities, specially if you work from home, that is why I consider myself very lucky to have a decent space where to work. It is not as big as I wish it to be, but has got plenty of light, it is warm, clean and cosy. It has not always been the case. I started from a desk in my rented bedroom many many years ago, then rented a studio space that had a toilet that remind me of the one in the movie 'Trainspotting' and in the last 7 years I had worked from this house, most of the time from my own crowded room, as I needed to rent the second bedroom to manage the bills.

I am still in London because I don't have to commute every day, otherwise I would have gone long time ago to my dear Gran Canaria. I like the flexibility and commodities of working from my own home, but sometimes I miss human company!! Missi, the cat, is all I have for company these days, don't get me wrong I love him way too much...but some feedback and interaction with other people would be very welcome too haha...
I wanted to show you a bit of my space, the stock room is not a room, it is in fact the whole house, you can find cushion's paddings in the living room, plus boxes, fabrics and so on in my bedroom, corridor, etc...The business is growing and I would need a bigger space where to work from. I would love somewhere in Peckham, near my house, where I can finally put everything in ONE ROOM, get messy with inks, printing, etc...
I am working on some new ideas, but all I have done so far are drawings, think of colours and waste some very valuable time waiting for the big inspiration that would tell me how to put together all these visions, drawings, colours, etc...and make it work into products and collections. Oh well, if you soon see some new products being released, it is because I have finally got my act together and made it happen!!

I just wanted to send you lots of positive energy to all of you, in whatever you do, not job is perfect, or workplace, but we somehow make it work and are grateful for what we have. NICE SUNNY DAY!!
Photos by Piero Pierini

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

THE COLD PRESS STUNNING ARTIST'S WORK

I got to know about The Cold Press, a printmaker's gallery/studio in Norfolk at Tent London, past September. I loved their stand of selected artists, work on display from different materials and disciplines,  all very simple and beautiful. Simply stunning!. Photos of the gallery/studio over at Remodelista
Photos by me @TENT London  | The Cold Press

Friday, 7 February 2014

NEW MAGNETIC DINO WALLPAPER BY SIAN ZENG

I am very happy to show you these gorgeous photos from the NEW magnetic wallpaper, from designer and friend, Sian Zeng. Taken by photographer Jon Day, and styled by Charlotte Love. I think they have done a great job. I totally love Sian's hand drawings of the cactus and dinos, I have always enjoyed her story telling troughout her work, full of details, imagination and lots of talent!! 
Above and below, my little friend Hugo, he and brother Nestor, modelled for the photoshoot and apparently behaved very well, I love these kids, half English/half Spanish, they got the best of both countries, haha...
I love the final product, very unique and different, perfect for children's bedrooms, as well as for more grown up interiors, I can see it in a hallway, or as a wall feature.
Sian, recently appeared on Design Sponge, where she talks about her work and give tips on how to install wallpapers, and much more, worth a read!! Below, a close up of the magnets, SO CUTE!!
Images via Sian Zeng | Styling Charlotte Love | Photography Jon Day

Friday, 10 January 2014

WONDERS OF NATURE – JARDIN BOTANICO CANARIO

Hola hola my dear friends, and Happy beginning of 2014! I am still in Gran Canaria, preparing for travelling tomorrow. I am looking forward to go back to my London base, to continue working on chocolate creative and keep enjoying life in the big smoke, but I wish I could bring with me the glorious weather form the Canaries, the beach, and my MUM.

I feel rested, I have slept the equivalent of 5 people, ate for 2, gone to the beach, enjoyed my friend's company, and the island. My most recent visit was to the amazing "Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo". If you ever come to Gran Canaria, I truly recommend you to visit it, my photos don't make justice to the beauty of this place, I felt like I was transported to the Dinosaurs era, species of flora I have never seen, some can only be found in the islands, a magical place, where to get inspired and rest your mind.

I am working on some new designs, and I have found my home town to be the right place for inspiration, things that have been part of my life since my childhood, like the beach, the flip-flops, the flora, etc...All I have to do now is to figure out how to translate all these new ideas, drawings and images into to a cohesive "something", in my opinion, the most difficult part of the creative process, but at the same time, the most enjoyable too. How to narrow down the blur of things I have in my mind right now, and make them into something visually attractive and commercially viable, not a tough task after all...

See you soon London!!

Photos by me

Sunday, 22 December 2013

FELIZ NAVIDAD – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Time for me to slow down…go home to spend Christmas with my dear mother, enjoy a warmer and more pleasant weather than here in London and eat lots!! Time to relax, sleep, walk on the beach, read, be with my friends back home, etc…As usual I will miss Missi (the cat) terribly, it is so bad that sometimes it hurts, but I know he will be in good company. 

I am not closing chocolate creative, but I will be taken things in a more relaxed way. I will be posting from Gran Canaria, my home town, where I hope to be until mid January. I hope you all have a well deserved break with your loved ones, regardless how we spend this time of the year, what I think it matters is to be with the loved ones (if possible), and enjoy the slow days, by simply not doing much, well at least that is what I plan to do for the next week or so!! 

I leave you with some decorations I put together at home, just a few silly things together, I recycle old decorations and add new things. This year I have kept it very simple, I just gathered together some nice ceramics, old and new, some dry leaves and branches, paper decor, and my one handmade decorations. 

 WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS 
FELIZ NAVIDAD PARA TODOS/AS
Photos by me
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