A Creative and Inspirational Trip to Barcelona June 05 2013, 0 Comments

Casa Battlo, Barcelona.

Casa Battlo, Barcelona

Why Barcelona? I needed some sun and colour to get inspired for my 2014 Spring/Summer collection. I wanted to go somewhere with a different atmosphere to London or Paris or more northern cities, and I was the only person I know who had never been there so off I went a couple of weeks ago.

In my imagination I thought it would be more modern but it’s quite traditional – so many old buildings and fascinating alleyways, you get a strong sense of history.

Unfortunately we only had two days so decided it was best spent mostly outdoors soaking up the atmosphere, our eyes on stalks looking at every detail, so different  from our everyday London life.

The Boqueria Market, Barcelona

The Boqueria Market, Barcelona

The colours are bolder – strong primary colours: in the adverts, the Picassos, flower stalls along the Ramblas, the Boqueria food market with its brightly coloured sweets, fruits, strings of chilli peppers, the giant Miro sculptures. Desiguel stores on almost every corner shouting colour and prints, elegant neoclassical plasterwork allover buildings and even some of the pavements had patterns embossed into them. We had trouble progressing from the metro, there were so many interesting textures, patterns and colours. No surprise I bought some bright red desert boots and some wavy striped Miro shoes!

Too long a queue to go into the Sagrada Familia, we sat in an outdoor café looking at the scaffolding and sculptures of saints at the front and then did a circuit, discovering the melted stonework of the older building at the back.  I know Gaudi always intended it to be a work in progress but I rather wish it had been left as it was, I’m not sure about the new editions, but still, what a great idea, an amazing project  gifted to future architects and artisans.

Casa Battlo, Barcelona. I loved the coloured glass, organic forms and mosaic

Casa Battlo, Barcelona. I loved the coloured glass, organic forms and mosaic

The Casa Battlo was 20 euros entrance fee and crammed with people but it was still worth it. I loved the coloured glass, organic forms and mosaic, though a little bit creepy as inspired by animal bones. Totally bare of furniture now, it seems the family it was built for didn’t quite get it as they filled it with traditional bourgeois pieces.

We met up with an old school friend of mine who had lived there 20 years and now worked as a film soundtrack composer. He appeared outside Café Zurich with his 14 year old son, on scooter and skateboard and took us away from the tourist zone through the maze of backstreets to a great restaurant. We plugged him for insider info on life in Barcelona and caught up on 30 years, reminiscing about  boho London in the 70s.

The food delicious and again full of colour – from the deep red of the tomatoes to the silver sardines. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much fishy food in two days. Restraining myself from doing a seafood design!

Back to rainy London too soon but full of ideas.

Miro Sculpture, Barcelona

Miro Sculpture, Barcelona

Clams in Barcelona. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much fishy food in two days. Restraining myself from doing a seafood design!

Clams in Barcelona. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much fishy food in two days. Restraining myself from doing a seafood design!

Chillies, just look at the colours!

Chilies, just look at the colours!

Picasso Art in Barcelona

Picasso Art in Barcelona

Traditional Wall Patterns in Barcelona

Traditional Wall Patterns in Barcelona

Airport

Airport

BrightlyColoured ClothesPegs copy

Brightly Coloured Clothes Pegs

GoingHome

Going Home

Harbour Bridge copy

Harbour Bridge

Hotel Sign copy

Hotel Sign

MapReadingBrokenHorizonScarf_TaraShirtPeekingOutBottomJumper

Map Reading (Broken Horizon scarf & Tara shirt peeking out bottom of jumper)

Market Lights copy

Market Lights

ShoeShopping

Shoe Shopping

The ongoing saga of the Sagrada Familia copy

The ongoing saga of the Sagrada Familia

Where has my boyfriend gone

Where has my boyfriend gone