Saturday, 24 October 2015

Bilbao inspiration

Our summer holiday was spent travelling from Biarritz to San Sebastian to Bilbao and finally Santillana del Mar and Santander. I've been wanting to go to Bilbao for ages to go to the Guggenheim and San Sebastian for the food both were inspiring.

Whenever I travel I get inspired by what I see. I have notebooks full from a round the world trip from spending hours in museums in Bilbao it was the architecture that inspired me.

The Guggenheim Bilbao reminded me of silver beading such as this piece that I started a couple of years ago.

This floral puppy sculpture by Jeff Koons at the Guggenheim Bilbao reminded me of a patchwork toy such as Abby Glassenberg's patchwork elephant. I do love the random nature of the colours and made me want to experiment further with the beaded patchwork design that you can see a glimpse of in the header for my blog.

This building is on the opposite river bank to the Guggenheim, a bit closer to the old town. The colourful windows were beautiful and the white stone a great contrast to the bright blue cloudless sky. It got me thinking about bright and colourful crochet blankets such as the one below from According to Matt.

Opposite the entrance to the funicular railway was this mish-mash of a building. Art Deco, Moorish and modern architecture all in one space. The art deco curves reminded me of the beading on 1920s flappers dresses such as the one shown below.

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