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Taller (Pronounced tay – ae)

I had a great day yesterday. By the way, Taller is spanish for workshop and it’s the title of this post because I went to a workshop. A friend of mine, Francesca, is a ceramic artist and graphics designer. She has a workshop near the Torassa metro staion in Barcelona.

I met with another friend, Keiko and we both headed out to Francesca’s taller. Kaeko, a clothes designer, wanted to see it to get an idea of what she could expect if she wanted a taller.

My first view on entering this huge loft was of Laura at work on a few of her pieces.

There are quite a few artists who share the loft and each has their own section. Most of them work in ceramics but I suspect there is a least one silk screen artist there. The loft is huge and one whole wall is window with the afternoon sun shining in.

Sophie, from south Wales, works beside Laura and Francesca’s area.

Francesca comes here to work on her ceramics and other creations. She fuses glass with ceramics and comes up with some very interesting pieces. One of her pieces she is working on ..

The place is full of interesting little pieces that are just laying around on desks ….

on little shelves

stuck in the corners

under mirrors (no that’s not a master’s impression of moi)

It was like a huge toy shop, so many things to see ……

Even Francesca, who is there all the time, is still in love with all the aspects of this wonderful place. She had a great time showing Keiko all the pieces from other artist’s areas. You can see Keiko is having a blast.

I had to get Francesca to do a little work so I could take some photos of her in her element.

She started to get into it, look at her concentration.


You could see all kinds of items, some used for inspiration, some tools, rejections, experiments.

Laura kept working while we were there. I guess she had to have some pieces ready for the next steps.

There was a collection of music to match the powerful ambience that was in the studio.

Depending on where you were in the loft, determined how you felt, it was really incredible that these artists had created such a variation of ambience. Just behind these shelves was a sitting area where you could rejeuvenate. They had everything there.

I got a good picture of Laura working with the light coming in from the windows ..

On leaving, I had to get a shot of Francesca’s tradmark cat.

You know, when I met Keiko at the metro, the sky was grey and the light was not good for taking photos. Once we got there, the clouds had cleared and bright sunshine was lighting up the whole studio. I had a great time there. Such a powerful place that is dripping with creative forces and yet so peaceful.

I can see how artists can escape.

January 17, 2007 at 2:08 pm 2 comments

Mac Pro – A Dream

The new Mac Pro quad Xeon 64-bit worksation is out and I want one. I can dream can’t I ????? It was less than a year ago when I switched from a pretty powerful Dell and Windows XP to my current Mac PowerBook G4. It’s not that I was fed up with Microsoft or Windows XP. I used to do music on my Dell and had no problems at all. I used Cubase and had all kinds of controllers hooked up and I never had a problem. I was going to Barcelona with Alex and I needed a machine more for my digital photography than for anything else plus it had to be a laptop for portability. I’d heard that Mac’s were the machines to own if you were doing anything with graphics or music. I wasn’t happy with the laptop choices and since Alex already owned a Mac I thought I’d give Mac a try. Besides, I was already attracted to them because of their design and packaging. I know, I know, packaging doesn’t add to the computer in any way but I thought that if they spend that amount of time and effort in the packaging and seeing the PowerBook’s simplicity and design, well, the combination sold me. I really love my laptop. I’m not in the business of high powered database design or business modelling anymore (I think I’d use Microsoft if I was) so the Mac is just what the artist ordered.

Now they have come up with the Mac Pro.

The design of this machine is amazing. You can go to the Arts Technica site for a complete review. I just wanted to dream here and show just a few of the features of this machine, like the insides…

Those 4 hard drive bays are drawers and all you have to do is drop a hard drive into them, close the drawer and it’s done. No cables. It takes a pro only 30 seconds to install one. You can install 4 500 GB drives. I couldn’t fill those in a lifetime.

Of course, to display all this power I’d have to have the Apple cinema display, the 30 inch HD display. It’s awesome to see.

Feast your eyes on more than four million pixels in the first high-resolution 30-inch flat-panel display designed for a personal computer.

Then, to top all of this off and provide a beautiful interface to Adobe Photoshop CS, I would add an Intuos Cintiq 21UX tablet. This input device is amazing, go see it at Wacom’s site.

So, if I could, this is what I would order…..

The Mac Pro with Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
A 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s, one 16x SuperDrive Accessory kit, two 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors, this is extreme but 16GB (8 x 2GB) of memory, Mac OS X and an ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI) graphics card. The 30 inch Apple Cinema HD display and the Wacom Intuos Cintiq.

All I can say is Wow ………………..

August 21, 2006 at 3:16 pm


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