‘Charades’ in Catalana!

Oh my, I’ve had such a fantastic day today! Most of these photos are pretty self explanatory; we are to the point now of installing the street ‘ceiling’ of sorts on Berga Street for Festa Gracia (I am still keeping the theme a secret remember, so you can guess but.. I’m sure not going toContinue reading “‘Charades’ in Catalana!”

The Gracia Embroiderer

As those of you following this blog already know, for my JIWAR residency project I am making decorations for Festa Major de Gracia. Today, I decided to ‘go rogue’ and try my hand at a paper maché figure on my own here at the residency (see here for what I am volunteering with in theContinue reading “The Gracia Embroiderer”

Today’s progress towards Festa Grande de Gracia..

∇ And now here are some images from tonight’s festival preperations by other groups near my residency at JIWAR and still in the community of Gracia. ∇ And, here is what I worked on with the Berga street volunteers! (Does he look scary? Marcel and I worked very hard on him in the attempt to makeContinue reading “Today’s progress towards Festa Grande de Gracia..”

There’s a certain feeling in the air..

The atmosphere is very exciting in Gracia right now. Eleven more days before  the streets are closed and the proclamation is made in front of City Hall (on the 14th) that the decorating can officially begin in the streets!! You can see that the various streets which will soon be adorned in their very ‘best’ areContinue reading “There’s a certain feeling in the air..”

Getting to work on my personal project of bunting for Grande Gracia at JIWAR

Last night I began to work on my bunting project for JIWAR. I have been collecting business cards, tourism pamphlets, small maps, etc since I arrived in Spain, with the intention of somehow using them in the banners. On my way to the Berga workshop yesterday, I discovered a little store which sold large round hole punches.Continue reading “Getting to work on my personal project of bunting for Grande Gracia at JIWAR”

Preparing for the children of Festa Major de Gracia

(unknown photographer from a past Festa de Gracia) * I’ve included this photo because it so beautifully communicates what it feels like to be amongst this community here in Gracia. Warm, beautiful, and full of family and neighbours of all ages. I was back this evening in the Festa workshop with volunteers from the BergaContinue reading “Preparing for the children of Festa Major de Gracia”