Lujan Crafts Shop

Traditional embroidery, Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma There’s a shop of crafts from La Palma beside the museum at Casa Lujan in Puntallana. It sells things like traditional embroidery and ceramics. In the centre of the room, there’s a traditional loom, although they didn’t have any rugs for sale when I was there. (Palmeran rugs are made with a linen warp, and rag weft. If you order one, you generally…

October 9, 2009

Peter Hermans

Abstract garden sculpture, by Peter Hermans Peter Hermans is a Dutch artist and sculptor currently living in Puntagorda. After studying at the Stads Academie Maastricht, in the Netherlands, and then at the Toronto College of Art, in Canada, he sold several of his sculptures to the governments of Holland, Canada, and the USA. Wall plaque, by Peter Hermans Then in 2006, while he was in Italy, disaster struck. Peter had…

March 16, 2009

Helen Bennett

Sunrise over La Palma by Helen Bennett La Palma has a talented new digital artist called Helen Bennett. She left her high-stress job in London and moved to Franceses, in Garafía, with her partner. They bought a fixer-upper and set about fixing it up. Of course this wasn’t always smooth going – you can read their adventures at Helen also did the layout for several issues of Ruido. For…

February 4, 2009

Our son was getting obsessed by video games, so over the Christmas break we insisted that he was only allowed limited time on the computer. He promptly started drawing – of characters and scenes from his favourite games. But the first few were good, and they’re getting better and better. This is Hyper-Sonic and friends with the Chaos Emeralds. (Apparently in the game they’re called emeralds whatever colour they are.)

January 11, 2009

The Art of Fire

Artefuego glassblowing studio is at the back of Plaza Sotomayor, where they hold the Argual flea market every Sunday. It’s a good idea to combine the two, because they hold public demonstrations on Sundays between 10 am and 2 pm. They combine fragments of lava into their creations, and to the best of their knowledge, they’re the only people in the world to do so. This makes every piece unique….

April 24, 2008