Monday, 21 June 2010

New e-zine! First issue is out!

New e-zine! Yay!

I´m so happy to share with you my new personal project: my e-zine! Download it here, it´s free!

It´s best viewed printed on paper, front and back, with a total of two pages. Then two simple little folds and you´re off!

get my new e-zine

Check it out and when you´re done, drop me a line with your comments. I´m looking forward to reading them!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Hello everyone! With all this World Cup craze I wonder if anyone is still reading blogs or just focusing on the basics and getting back to the cheering. I can speak for myself: Portugal plays tomorrow, so before I go buy some flags and wear put my flip-flops on I´ll leave you with a link to this wonderful presentation called "How to promote thyself" by creative team Tak. Difficult topic, cool instructions, point gets across. Thank you, Tak!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Dia de Portugal

presente de uma amiga brasileira :)

Today, June 10th, is our national holiday. It is celebrated in Portugal with lots of speeches, free concerts and recognitions for lifetime achievements for people. Abroad, embassies and consulates usually arrange for some sort of celebration, but funnily enough there isn´t diplomatic representation here in Panamá. Not to worry, though, I can party on my own.

Funnily enough, we, the portuguese, aren´t usually very proud of our achievements as a nation and as a collective of people, but now that I live far away, the distance allows me to see that a country which celebrates its national holiday on a cultural date - the anniversary of the death of Luís Vaz de Camões, our most famous author - it´s got to be a very cool country.

Bom Dia de Portugal!

A sidenote: the flip-flops above are part of the "havaianas" special world cup collection, given to me by a dear friend. As the portuguese flags and scarves we own are stuck in a box somewhere between Buenos Aires and Panama City, I intend to wear them every single day to support my team! Força Portugal!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Dancing babies

dança dos kimonos
I´m designing a set of postcards for abbrigate* to convey the message that our garments are so durable and resistant that they´ll be in perfect shape to be given to someone else even after your baby has overused them and eventually outgrown them. I wrote about it here, in abbrigate*´s blog.

Talking about the illustration, though, I had so much fun coming up with the concept: I thought about "forwarding" and "pass it forward", and then I needed an image to illustrate it. I remembered then how much I loved Henri Matisse´s representations of dancers holding hands and how using his idea and composition would be a homage paid to one of the artists I admire the most. Thinking about this painting, La Danse, I imagine huge amounts of good energy flowing through the dancers´ arms and hands into one another.

I believe that Baby Kimonos, Baby Vestmonos and Leafy Vests may flow too: when your kid has outgrown a garment, pass it forward to the next kid. Environmentally safe and financially sound!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Azulejo inspired

Lots of things have been going on in the last couple of weeks, starting, of course, with our move to Panamá City, where we´re located right now.

All my art supplies are in boxes so I´m having fun with the limited choice I have right now: watercolours and watercolour pencils.

Sometime soon more regular posting will resume, but for now, I´ll go back to settling down and unpacking. Thanks for stopping by!